Lost In Coney Island, a new film from director Eric Rivas, seeks to capture the spirit of Coney Island cult-classic The Warriors, using a distinctly postmodern style. In Lost, a filmmaker, played by Rivas, shoots a remake of The Warriors, only to be foiled when real-life gangs threaten to disrupt the process. “Sometimes, it’s like…life imitates art,” says Rivas in the trailer, a wistful look in his eye. “It’s almost like, before you know it, the movie is real. I’ve seen it happen before, bro. It’s weird.” (FYI, the trailer contains a nasty homophobic slur about two minutes in.) The film features real members of the God’s Only Demons, Filthy Mad Dogs, and Dukes motorcycle clubs in its cast, and debuts this Saturday at the Coney Island Film Festival.
Apache Ramos, who played a member of the Orphans gang in the original Warriors, gave Lost In Coney Island his seal of approval. “People have been talking about doing a Warriors remake for years, and these guys actually did it,” he told the Brooklyn Paper. “I like the intensity and the realness of it, it’s rough, raw, and real, but at the same time, it’s tongue-in-cheek. I liked it, and I’m going to be there opening date.”