Client: Myrtle and Olive
Role: Director of Photography
Format: Super 16mm
Locations: NYC, NY; Honduras
DOC NYC Special Jury Prize, 2012
Official Selection: Big Sky Film Festival, 2013
Small-time ride operator Eddie Miranda proudly runs a carnival contraption called the Zipper in the heart of Coney Island’s gritty amusement district. Eddie and his ride are driven away when the City of New York and an opportunistic real estate mogul lock horns over the future of the “People’s Playground.” A film about greed, politics, land use and public policy, and the battle over an American cultural icon, Zipper captures a market-driven world where growth often trumps preservation, and the Zipper may be only the beginning of what is lost.
I worked with Amy Nicholson over 6 years on this documentary, all shot on Super 16mm. It was a great mood study in what we are losing from our amusement park past, looking specifically at The Zipper in Coney Island, as well as a thorough look at who is responsible for the utterly confusing world of big city hall, land developers and the world they are ushering in.