Saturday, January 28, 2012
Zipper A Coney Island Film about Greed and Politics!
Blog readers! I can't wait to see this film!!!!!
A note from the film maker Amy:
A film about greed, politics, land use and public policy, ZIPPER tells the story behind the battle over an American cultural icon. Small-time ride operator, Eddie Miranda, proudly runs a 38-year-old carnival contraption called the Zipper in the heart of Coney Island’s gritty amusement district. When his rented lot is snatched up by an opportunistic real estate mogul, Eddie and his ride become casualties of a power struggle between the developer and the City of New York over the future of the “People’s Playground.’’ Be it an affront to history or just the path of progress, the spirit of Coney Island is at stake. In a market-driven world where growth often trumps preservation, the Zipper may be only the beginning of what is lost.
Please spread the word about Zipper. I have been working on it for 5 years. I really felt like it was important to tell the story of what actually happened in Coney Island and to take the city's economic development policies to task. It's funny and maddening and sad all at the same. The first 8 minutes of the rough cut is on the facebook page under videos. Would love to know what you think.
Thanks again for taking the time to talk to me and keep up the good work!