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2010 Coney Island Film Festival: Award Winners

By Mike Everleth ⋅ October 1, 2010

Film festival poster featuring a UFO destroying Coney Island

Just like the Cyclone Roller Coaster, the Coney Island Film Festival has whipped right on by for its 10th annual edition in a whirlwind of thrills, spills and chills. The fest ran back on Sept. 24-26 and since then they’ve announced their  10 award winners, which are listed below.

Special congrats go out to good Underground Film Journal friend Gary Beeber, who took home the Best Documentary Feature award for his latest bump-and-grind extravaganza, Dirty Martini and the New Burlesque, about the vivacious entertainer and her pals. Beeber has previously won for his short docs at CIFF, such as in 2006 for Messenger, then again in 2007 for Bally-Master.

Other big winners were the Christian scare film Satan Hates You by James Felix McKenney that took home Best Feature; Alex Horwitz’s Alice Jacobs Is Dead took home Best Horror Film and documentary filmmaker JL Aronson took home the Best “Made in Coney Island” award for Last Summer at Coney Island.

Congrats to all the winners, and an extra special congrats to the fine folks at the Coney Island Film Festival for a decade of fun, film and freaks at the wonderful Sideshows by the Seashore. Here’s the full list of winners:

Best Documentary Feature
Dirty Martini and the New Burlesque, dir. Gary Beeber

Best Documentary Short
The Faux Real, dir. Suzanne Hillinger

Best Feature
Satan Hates You, dir. James Felix McKenney

Best Short
Flat Love, dir. Andres Sanz

Best Horror Film
Alice Jacobs Is Dead, dir. Alex Horwitz

Best Animation
Birth, dir. Signe Baumane

Best Experimental
My Own Private March, dir. Howie Alex

Best Silent Film
Loop-da-Loop and Giuseppe, dir. Jason R. Jaworski

Best Music Video
“This Town” Gambit, dir. Randy Scott Slavin

Best “Made in Coney Island”
Last Summer at Coney Island, dir. JL Aronson

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