Rockaway Film Fest Makes Debut Next Week


Rockaway may not have a movie theater, but that doesn’t mean the movies can’t come to us. For the first time ever, the Rockaway Film Festival is coming to town.

Local, Sam Fleischner, a filmmaker himself, is spearheading this new project that will bring a four-day festival featuring movies, documentaries and clips of all genres, some made by Rockaway residents and some featuring Rockaway residents in them.

The festival will take place from October 18 through October 21 in a brand new location at 323 Beach 74th Street. The space is brought to you by David Selig, who now owns The Castle on Beach 117th Street.

The program will kick off on Thursday, October 18 at 7 p.m. with a short film made in 1959, called “Skyscraper,” which documents the complete construction of the now infamous, 666 Broadway, followed by two other films. On Friday night there will be one feature film and on Saturday and Sunday, films will be shown all day, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The festival ends with Ben Chase and Fleischner’s film, Wah Do Dem, featuring Norah Jones, Sean Bones, Kev Bewersdorf and Sam Fleischner, who will be there for the screening.

Tickets are available to purchase for each individual screening and some are free. You can also purchase day passes, or you can get a four-day Shell Pass for $150 that includes admission to all 13 programs, plus a dinner at The Castle, a night of Tacobay tacos and beers at the Rockaway Brewing Co., plus more. For the full schedule of films and events, and to grab your tickets, head to More info will be available in next week’s Rockaway Times. If you’re a filmmaker that is interested in screening their film, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.