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Big Eddy Film Festival this weekend; Independent films will screen in Narrowsburg, NY

“Knuckle Jack” is one of several films with connections to the region that will be screened at the Big Eddy Film Festival in Narrowsburg, NY this weekend.
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As Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck rage against the supposed indoctrination of today’s children by “extremist” liberal institutions, Commie Camp shows what really goes on at one these training camps. Comedian and filmmaker Katie Halper returns to her socialist Jewish summer camp, Camp Kinderland, which, since 1923, has been preaching the gospel of peace and social justice for all. The film follows articulate and hilarious nine year olds during a recent summer, as they consider the world, from Harriet Tubman, to Hiroshima, to water-boarding. The timely film demonstrates respectful and reflective transmission of human values and rebuts the distortions of the right-wing extremists.


Saturday, September 21 at 5 p.m.

Director: Amy Nicholson

A documentary about greed, politics and the land grab of the century, Zipper chronicles the battle over an American cultural icon: Coney Island. Small-time ride operator Eddie Miranda, proudly operates a 38-year-old carnival contraption called the Zipper in the heart of Coney Island’s gritty amusement district. When his rented lot is snatched up by an opportunistic real estate mogul, Eddie and his ride become casualties of a power struggle between the developer and the City of New York over the future of the world-famous destination. Be it an affront to history, or simply the path of progress, the spirit of Coney Island is at stake. In an increasingly corporate landscape, where authenticity is often sacrificed in the interest of economic growth, the Zipper may be just the beginning of what is lost.

“Hide Your Smiling Faces”

Saturday, September 21 at 7 p.m.

Director: Daniel Carbone

“Hide Your Smiling Faces” vividly depicts the young lives of two brothers as they abruptly come of age through the experience of a friend’s mysterious death. The event ripples under the surface of their town, unsettling the brothers and their friends in a way that they can’t fully understand. Once-familiar interactions begin to take on a macabre tone in light of the tragic accident, leading Eric, 14, and Tommy, 9, to retreat into their wild surroundings. As the two brothers vocally face the questions they have about mortality, they simultaneously hold their own silent debates within their minds that build into seemingly insurmountable moral peaks. “Hide Your Smiling Faces” is a true, headlong glimpse into the raw spirit of youth, as well as the calluses that one often develops as a result of an unfiltered past.

“Knuckle Jack”

Saturday, September 21 at 9 p.m.

Directors: John Adams and Toby Poser