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Coney Island Film Festival 2020 on - Program 11 - Doc Shorts & Beer Boom Doc Feature

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Coney Island Film Festival 2020 on - Program 11 - Doc Shorts & Beer Boom Doc Feature

Tuesday, September 22, 7pm ET until Friday, October 2, 7pm ET

All ticket sales are final, no refunds.  View at any time on Xerb TV from Tuesday, September 22, 7pm ET, until Friday, October 2, 7pm ET. 

Live Zoom Q+A with the filmmakers on Monday, September 28th at 9pm, ET. An email to register will be sent to all ticket and pass holders. Limited capacity, first come, first served. A Q+A replay will be added to the end of this program, within 24 hours.

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Rhythm’s Gonna Get Ya
9:11, Lindsey Phillips (Director/Cinematographer/Editor), Shirin Ghaffary (Director/Cinematographer), UnionDocs (Producer), Jordan Vesey (Editor/Sound Recordist), Elyse Blennerhassett (Sound Recordist), Rachel Winton (Sound Recordist)

This underground city symphony is a frenetic portrait of NYC that follows four groups of subway commuters. From inaccessible systems for wheelchair users to long waits due to construction, see these obstacles affect their daily rhythms and routines.

5:03, Scott Ruderman (Director/Producer/Cinematography), Alex Swerdloff (Director/Producer), Brendan Joyce (Editor)

A quirky yet melancholic short film that looks at the life and career of Zinovy Pritsker, one of a dying breed of veteran piano tuners still working in NYC.

Welcome to the Sewer Den
9:16, Bobo Touch (Director), Mike Rizzo (Director/Producer), Brian Bonz (Director/Writer), Jonathan Zelenak (Writer/Cast), Maxine Medina (Producer), Victoria Zelenak (Cast), Steven Zelenak (Cast), Chris Consalvi (Cast)

Welcome to The Sewer Den is a short documentary film following the New Jersey native & Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle super fan, Jonathan Zelenak. In this we explore themes and feelings of nostalgia, toy memorabilia, the value of collecting, and most importantly a glimpse into Jonathan’s own life and his own personal turtle collection. The Sewer Den, in which he so perfectly coined, is located in a secret basement in NJ and is the home of all his favorite toys, posters and even his old TMNT bunk beds!

We’ll revisit some of Jonathan’s favorite Turtle moments while growing up, get more insight on The Sewer Den and his inspiration behind it all, and also taps into fandom and how eating pizza is essential for Turtle culture. This ridiculous but true life documentary won’t fall short of being memorable, and will be just comedic enough to make you question if this is a real collector … and the answer is YES.

Beer Boom
1:01:22, Eric W Schleyer (Director), Andrew Coury (Director), Ali Robinson (Producer), Steve Hindy (Cast "Self"), Garrett Oliver (Cast "Self"), Sam Calagione (Cast "Self"), Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergso (Cast "Self"), Paul Leone (Cast "Self"), Josh Bernstein (Cast "Self"), Katarina Martinez (Cast "Self"), Ashley Harrell (Cast "Self"), Lyndsey Storm (Cast "Self"), Kyle Hurst (Cast "Self"), Rich Castagna (Cast "Self"), Peter LaFrance (Cast "Self"), Chris Adams (Cast "Self"), Dave Lopez (Cast "Self"), Chris Gallant (Cast "Self"), Kelly Taylor (Cast "Self"), Cliff Yun (Cast "Self"), Chris Cuzme (Cast "Self"), Jason Sahler (Cast "Self"), Lou Cannataro (Cast "Self"), Aaron Bell (Cast "Self")

Craft beer in New York City is big business. But will passion and commitment be enough for a family-owned brewery to make it in the world's toughest city?

Before Milwaukee . . . before the call of the Rockies . . . New York City was the mecca of the beer world. However, the advent of Big Beer in the 1960s changed all that, and by 1976 the city’s beer industry had dwindled to nothing. Today, a wave of craft brewers are revitalizing the New York beer scene and taking their industry back -- Beer Boom chronicles the modern-day David vs Goliath story of the craft beer explosion and the people who are risking everything to make it happen.

Filmed over the course of five years, Beer Boom finds its heartbeat in the story of Rich Castagna, a gritty Queens-born native; the epitome of the hard-working, do-it-yourself New Yorker. The film documents Rich’s challenges as he grows Bridge and Tunnel Brewery from a garage-based homebrew operation to a 2,300 sq/ft production facility and taproom. Working without financial backing or investors, with the buildout and development pressures solely on his shoulders, and with his family’s life savings committed to the project, Rich must decide how far he’s willing to go to realize his dream.

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