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It is unlikely that a film festival could be any more atmospheric than the 10th Annual Coney Island Film Festival – the weekend-long event features a number of films set in and around the area, and takes place in the Coney Island Museum and Sideshows by the Seashore. On Friday, the festivities begin with screenings of only-in-Coney films like Museum of Wax, a horror short from 1981 filmed at Coney Island, and Dirty Martini and the New Burlesque, a documentary feature about New York’s contemporary burlesque dancers; the films are followed by an opening night party with a two-hour open bar, catered food, and performers from the Coney Island Girlie Freak Show. Saturday holds a full day of programming at both locations, with highlights including Last Summer at Coney Island, JL Aronson’s documentary on the transformation of Coney Island, and a special screening of The Warriors, with an intense interactive experience promised; on Sunday, Brooklyn native Darren Aronofsky will be honored for his cinematic contributions, followed by a screening of Requiem for a Dream.

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