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Coney Island Fest to Feature Lost Classics

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The Coney Island Film Festival is back for its sixth year, hitting the shores of the Brooklyn waterfront neighborhood for a weekend in early October and featuring 81 movies from around the world.

The highlight of this year's festival will be Stephen Verona's lost classic Boardwalk, which starred Ruth Gordon, Janet Leigh, and Lee Strasberg, the founder of the Actor's Studio.

Boardwalk has not been screened since its original limited release in 1979. The film tells the story of an older Brighton Beach couple whose once-thriving neighborhood is being taken over by gangs.

The festival will also feature documentaries, experimental films, and a number of award-winning shorts.

Another highlight scheduled to make its New York debut is Holes in My Shoes, a documentary about Jack Beers, a Manhattan native who grew up in extreme poverty and went on to become the city's "strongest boy," erecting the Radio City Music Hall marquee and the spire on the top of the Empire State Building. Two years ago, he ripped a telephone book in four pieces with both hands.

Beers, now 96, will be attending the festival.

The festival will be held Oct. 6-8. Tickets for individual screenings cost $6. All films will screen at either Sideshows by the Seashore or the Coney Island Museum. Festival tickets including every film except The Warriors cost $45 ; one-day only passes for Saturday, not including The Warriors, cost $10; Sunday-only day passes cost $10; and passes to The Warriors cost $10.

An opening night gala will be held Oct. 6. Tickets cost $25. The gala will start with a screening of American Carny: True Tales from the Circus Sideshow at 7:30 p.m. at Sideshows by the Seashore, 3006 W. 12th St., Coney Island. A party including live music, a sideshow performance, and burlesque will start at 9:30 p.m. at the Coney Island Museum, 1208 Surf Ave.

For the full schedule and a complete list of films and events, visit www.coneyislandfilmfestival.com.

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