The Dancing Soul of the Walking People (1980)

Paula Gladstone, a true Coney Islander, wrote, directed, produced and edited this film, and arranged the sound track, using music by Duke Ellington and the Drifters with a voiceover of her own poetry. Shot over 2 years in Coney Island, the film is an abstract mediation on life under the boardwalk and a poetic document of a vanished world that emulates “city films” of the 1920’s such as Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera. Made possible by an additional grant from the New York City Council.