Siren Screen Series Features ‘The Zipper’

Posted on: April 25th, 2013 at 6:46 am by
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Tonight, MoMa’s Celeste Bartos Theater will host Siren Series 4, a collection of slideshows, screenings, readings, and feature film The Zipper – all inspired by New York’s beloved iconic destination, Coney Island.

The Zipper, produced and directed by Amy Nicholson, was shot on Super 16mm film and took over four years to complete. It not only aims to tell the tale of the fight to preserve a landscape (and way of life) in a consumer-driven, profit-turning ecosystem, but also intends to project the sensory overload and nostalgia that Coney has been and continues to be for many people. In addition, the mystery of where the nausea-inducing Zipper ride finally landed after spinning it’s way out of Coney Island is solved (hint: it isn’t in the US).

Here’s a synopsis of the flick:

A small-time ride operator and his beloved carnival contraption are driven out of Coney Island when the City of New York and an opportunistic developer lock horns over the future of the world famous amusement park. ZIPPER examines the high cost of economic development on an American cultural icon. Check out this trailer, which is sure to pique your interest.

Details for Siren Series 4 are as follows:

DATE: Thursday, April 25th
TIME: 7:00-10:00 PM
PLACE: Celeste Bartos Theater, at the MOMA, 4 West 54th Street, New York, New York.
Photography Slideshow (7:00-7:30)
Screenings (7:30 – 8:00)
Live Readings (8:05 – 8:40)
Feature: The Zipper ( (8:45 – 10:00)
ADMISSION: $20 – all proceeds go to Save Coney Island

Tickets must be purchased in advance; you can get ’em by visiting

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