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Coney Island

Director Ric Burns’s first film, CONEY ISLAND, an hour-long study of the amusement empire, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was broadcast nationally on PBS in February 1991.  The film explores the beginnings of America’s first amusement park, before the dawn of the Disney era.  By the turn of the century, Coney Island was internationally famous– attracting millions to it three pleasure domes: Steeplechase, Luna Park and Dreamland.  CONEY ISLAND   unearths a very compelling and often haunting history of the nation’s first permanent amusement park.  Time magazine named the film one of the top ten television programs of 1991, and the Chicago Tribune called it “one of the best documentaries you will ever see.”

Credits

DIRECTED BY: Ric Burns

PRODUCED BY: Ric Burns and Buddy Squires

WRITTEN BY: Richard Snow

EDITED BY: Paul Barnes

NARRATED BY: Philip Bosco

CO-PRODUCER: Lisa Ades

ASSOCIATE EDITOR: Bruce Shaw

CINEMATOGRAPHY BY: Buddy Squires with Allen Moore

SENIOR CREATIVE CONSULTANT: Geoffrey C. Ward

AWARDS:

Organization of American Historians Erik Barnouw Award
Chicago Film Festival's Silver Hugo Award