If you are as overwhelmed by the choices at the Coney Island Film Festival as a kid inside Williams Candy shop, consult this list of titles that piqued our interest:
“Nefertitty in Space”
It’s “Foxy Brown” meets “Barbarella,” a delightfully lo-fi send-up of 1970s blaxploitation films set in the depths of space. The director, Lola Rocknrolla, is a self-described B-movie maven, specializes in elevating shlock to a high art. This sequel to the more terrestial but equally kitschy “Nefertitty” follows the eponymous heroine as she journeys to the stars to defeat an intergalactic honky menace, the Albino Queen from Aberdeen.
“Nefertitty in Space” plays with “The Cruel Tale of the Medicine Man” on Sept. 20 at 5 pm in the Coney Island Museum.
“Night of the Slasher”
This short film turns classic horror tropes on their heads, with a teenage girl undertaking all the typical slasher-flick victim mistakes in order to lure a crazed killer out of hiding. Directed by Shant Hamassian, the 11-minute film offers a fun twist on an iconic genre, in a tight, polished package.
“Night of the Slasher” plays in Program 8 on Sept. 19 at 8 pm at Sideshows by the Seashore.
“Last Call at Ruby’s”
This short documentary chronicles what was thought to be the final night of Boardwalk institution Ruby’s Bar and Grill in 2010, before the still-open bar got its reprieve. Directed by Marc Kehoe, it features interviews with the Ruby’s owners Cindy and Melody Jacobs and footage of the impromptu last hurrah, honoring one of the most steadfast spots on Coney Island.
“Last Call at Ruby’s” plays in Program 2 on Sept 19 at 2 pm at Sideshows by the Seashore.