A short documentary following Coney Island and its visitors
as winter turns to spring.
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Run time 9mins 50secs - 30P DV - 16:9 letterbox
NTSC DV, VHS, BetaCam, DVD - Mono soundtrack
In a city whose geography faces away from its surrounding waters,
Coney Island is tied to the sea and the cycles of nature. Four
Weeks by the Sea follows the area and its often eccentric
inhabitants as winter turns to spring, and the local attractions
open for a new season.
About the Director:
Born in Tehran, Bobby Webster left Iran with his family
shortly after the revolution to settle in England, where he has
lived for most of his life. A world champion debater and former
actor - with screen credits alongside Sir John Gielgud, Miranda
Richardson and Emily Mortimer - Bobby most recently spent several
years working for one the UK's leading political think-tanks.
He moved to New York in 2004 to pursue his dream of directing
films. He now lives in Brooklyn, where he is working on several
fiction and documentary film projects.
About the Film:
As a stranger to New York, I was fascinated by my first visit
to Coney Island. For a century, its rise and fall - and more recent
regeneration - has been a visual metaphor for the city's changing
fortunes. Having passed through its dramatic heyday as a resort
in the 20s and 30s, and its low-point of crime and decay in the
80s, the area is now finding a new balance: as a reviving tourist
destination and a place which celebrates eccentricity.
What struck me most, though, was its sheer beauty. On a visit
in the middle of winter, I found all of the shops and parks securely
shuttered against the elements, the boardwalk and beach covered
with snow and ice, and only the big ships passing in the distance
marking a human presence. In some ways, I felt I couldn't be further
away from bustling New York; but a visitor just has to turn around
to see the tower blocks of the projects overlooking the famous
Wonder Wheel and Cyclone.
Four Weeks by the Sea is my attempt to follow the changes
in Coney Island as, over the space of a month, the winter snows
melt and the resort re-opens for a new season. Although I met
a lot of interesting people, the film is really about the place
- the few miles of boardwalk and sand where old New York meets
Click on the images below to open enlarged versions.
Camera: Bobby Webster
Sound: Luke Matheny, Zao Wang, Levi Abrino
Editor: Bobby Webster
Assistant Producer: Marni Zelnick
Directed and Produced by: Bobby Webster
© Bobby Webster 2005 - All Rights Reserved