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‘The Warriors’ — the real ones! — headline the Coney film fest

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The inspiration for Coney Island’s cult classic gangster flick, “The Warriors,” is taking his own turn on the silver screen at the neighborhood’s upcoming film festival, which also includes horror movies, animated cartoons and a full slate of works from the borough’s best and brightest aspiring film makers.

Reformed gang leader Keith Suber tells his real-life tale of crime and redemption in “The Last Immortal,” a documentary made by local history buff Charlie Denson that headlines the 11th annual Coney Island Film Festival from Sept. 23 to Sept. 25.

The three-day movie bash features more than 100 films, animated cartoons and music videos — and of course a screening of “The Warriors,” the low-budget, late-1970s thriller that was shot in part at the People’s Playground.

There’s also a full-length horror film, “The Super,” about every renter’s worst nightmare; “Surfer’s Way,” a short documentary about disabled children who find joy in hanging 10; and “First Kiss,” the story of, well, a game-changing smooch.

Festival director Rob Leddy said the finalists were chosen from a field of more than 700 submissions.

“People will see films that they don’t see anywhere else,” said Leddy. “It’s a totally different experience than you’d get in a movie theater.”

Coney Island Film Festival at Sideshow by the Seashore [1208 Surf Ave. between W. 12th Street and Stillwell Avenue in Coney Island, (718) 372-5159]. Individual screenings are $6 (full pass is $55). For info, visit www.coneyislandfilmfestival.com.

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Daniel from CI says:
Die already. Joe Z, you POS.
Sept. 19, 2011, 9:46 pm
Joe Z. from Greenpoint says:
I'll outlive you and your cultural vampire, pseudo-artist, ironically stick figure-like self, you nasally, kazoo-voiced, parentally-subsidized, —— waffle-lipped, absorbing the creative essence of Brooklyn through his rectal cavity, fair trade tofu scarf blogger.

In case I forgot to mention it, you're an idiot.
Sept. 19, 2011, 11:22 pm
Dave from Downtown says:
Joe Z does have a point here - no way Suber was an inspiration for "The Warriors" timing doesnt add up. Poor work by writer.
Sept. 20, 2011, 9:43 am
Essbee from Beverly says:
Busted!
Sept. 20, 2011, 1:13 pm
Mr. Supa Dupa from Astoria, Queens says:
Damn! Joe Z owned the author of this article and made him look really bad!

BTW, I never knew that about The Warriors. i'll have to look into that when I have time. Props.
Sept. 20, 2011, 4:03 pm
autumn from queens says:
what else do you expect from a racist —— ass gentrifying privileged pseudo-intellectual ——? an original idea or the intellect to two seconds worth of research? or even the ability to not exude fear walking among his new 'authentic backdrop' black/hispanic/slavic neighbors who he can't wait to have his friends price out completely?
Sept. 20, 2011, 4:11 pm
Joe Z. from Greenpoint says:
Charlie Denson is another fraud. Take a look at the notes about his fauxcumetary "The Last Immortal":

http://www.coneyislandfilmfestival.com/programs11/openingnight.htm

How could Suber's brothers have run 1970s-era gangs on which the "Warriors" was based, when the movie, to repeat myself, was an adaptation of a book that was published 13 years prior? Charlie should know better; since, he grew up in Coney in the 50s and 60s. This is nothing more than another badly researched attempt at revisionist history, grounded in misinformation. Danny Boy should show some professional pride and refute anything I've pointed out as being incorrect and/or inaccurate. But, he won't; because, he can't.
Sept. 20, 2011, 5:24 pm
Pat I. from Carroll Gardens says:
——ing Cultural graverobbers - the whole lot of you. I hope you choke a Mast Brothers pubic hair you ass plunger.

Look at what you've done to our city. You've turned it into
a hipster's version of "West World" with "West Side Story"
style choreographed gang fight scenes in MCCarren park.
Sept. 20, 2011, 6:54 pm
Pat I. from Carroll Gardens says:
Heyyy..kinda hard to run a friggin' gang when your bed time curfew is 9PM.
Sept. 20, 2011, 6:55 pm
Coney forever from Coney Island says:
Joe Z obviously never read the book... the movie is loosely based on the book and the movie the Warriors was absolutely based on the real life gang here at Coney. The director and his staff canvassed this whole area talking to real life gang members and even paid them for their time and made concessions about when the cast could and couldn't wear their Warrior vests. If you knew anything about this film you would know this. The Coney scenes were shot very early in the morning as one of the concessions.
Sept. 20, 2011, 8:02 pm
Joe Z. from Greenpoint says:
Wrong, puslips. As a matter of fact, I had to read both "The Warriors" and "Anabasis" during my freshman year in high school in order to understand how classical narratives influenced later literary works. This was years before you were illegitimately conceived and grew up to be a taxpayer-subsidized burden upon society.
Sept. 20, 2011, 10:39 pm
Josef from downtown brooklyn says:
Ayyo Joe Z: why not stop being such a douchnozzle?

Coney forever has it right, and you're just a troll trying to talk trash and pick fights. If journalism is so effing easy, let's see the list of articles under your byline.

also, autumn from queens - what the hell are you talking about? non sequitur much?
Sept. 23, 2011, 1:39 pm
Robert from Queens says:
Adaptations of books do not necessarily take all their inspiration from the novel. The look and feel of the movie was definitely borrowed from the street culture of the 70's and therefore the gangs of CI could have definitely influenced a cinematographer for a move that was made in the late 70s. Born and bred New Yorker Joe Z! But I do think you make some good points in general.
Oct. 20, 2011, 11:02 am
jose cheif warrior from coney cheif says:
the real warrior me jose cheif 1980s old school why talk about things they dont no gangsters real warrios new yorkers real real real g baby do or dei we fihgt for nothing we didnt do nothing to no one if this happen to you yes yes you wtat woud you do but i am puert rican itialian power mix whith black48 yeas old talk talk and talk real people now born new yorkers now they now the warrios were lating kings fist 1980s the ones made it to coney were call warrios then they mad the move 1979 warrios but first calllatig kings love black and puert ricans no mexicans no whites 1980s real warrios 2011 noveimber ps get back jose cheif love
Nov. 25, 2011, 10:49 am
jose cheif coney from coney love says:
the real warrior 48 years old puert rican italian me yes me baby 1980s born new yorker cheif put me in the move baby me real deal no oct real 2011 to 2012 remake of the warrios cheif jose joe z i am in grand rapis michigan but am a warrior chicago detoit new york puerto rico now me warrior baby 1980 s bronx my dad is carlos reyes he was from ingersoll fort green brookyln 1959 he run with nicky cruz mau mau gang bad gang me bad 1980s so chill now i chang my life now i will be good for the next move 2012 every body cll joe z to put me in the moves to see a real warrior at his best baby jose cheif ps wtats up d chamberz coney tell the world babyi am here happy new year new york driink one for my mam that deid last year 82 years old please warrior love no killing baby no killing all yall get togeather bro keep all the money all is one is time put me in the move love
Nov. 25, 2011, 8:58 pm
love jamaican from new york says:
jose is nice man.
Nov. 27, 2011, 11 pm
Daniel from PR. says:
Jose Chief. Carlos is my dad
I guess that makes us brothers.
July 29, 2014, 4:54 am
Bk native from Kensington by way of CI says:
What the ——? I gotta do some research and look into all these claims. But I'll tell you all one thing. In the late 70s/early 80s the one guy who was THE baddest motherf....in Coney island was Jeff the Zeek from 16th street. No one would dare cross him cause in a second he'd beat the living crap out of you as I saw him do to morons on many occasions. I'm not saying he was the inspiration for The Warriors. Definitely not. He didn't wear or need colors. If you were friends with him he was the best and always looked out for you. He did for me when I was young. If he didn't like you..lol..he'd be slamming you to the ground and pounding you out. He was a crazy mofo but Had the heart of a true Warrior. He was the first person I knew to tragically die in a cop car chase on the belt. Just wanted to give the man his proper due respect with all this talk of gangs in Coney island. Now y'all can go back to your regularly scheduled name calling. Mike
Sept. 17, 2015, 10:37 am
Bk native from Kensington by way of CI says:
Damn...lmao. .just saw all those posts are from 2011. Jeez...that's hilarious. Well, I'm still happy to keep Jeffs' memory alive in some small measure.
Sept. 17, 2015, 10:41 am
Bk native from Kensington by way of CI says:
Damn...lmao. .just saw all those posts are from 2011. Jeez...that's hilarious. Well, I'm still happy to keep Jeffs' memory alive in some small measure.
Sept. 17, 2015, 10:41 am

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