UNDER THE ROLLER COASTER 

Director/Editor 


To thousands, the Thunderbolt Roller Coaster was a Coney Island icon, but for Mae Timpano it was home. This enchanting film examines the true-life experience of one woman and her unique relationship to Coney Island living under the famed Thunderbolt Roller Coaster.   The destruction of the Thunderbolt, one of the last remaining Coney Island icons, represented the end of an era in the amusement area’s ever-evolving history.  The film celebrates the Thunderbolt coaster as a piece of architecture that holds memories through which we gain insight into the history of New York and its people.  Mae’s story is a window onto a lost world and makes us think about the importance of place in a new way. 



Slamdance Film Festival - Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Short

Palm Springs International Short Film Festival - Best Documentary

Broadcast on PBS as part of ReelNY

Museum of Modern Art

Margaret Mead Film Festival

IFP Market  / IFP Buzz Cuts

Angelus Award Finalist

Coney Island Film Festival - Best “Made in Coney Island” Film

International Student Documentary Competition - Best Biographical Film

Caucus Foundation - Outstanding Student Film Award

Mediterranean Film Festival of Sardinia - City of Carloforte Prize

Aspen Shortsfest

Silverdocs/AFI

Los Angeles Film Festival

Rooftop Films


Change Comes Once Again for Coney Island's Thunderbolt - Camera Obscura - Curbed NY.pdf


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