Coney Island Film Festival opening night screening:
Coney Island Museum, 1208 Surf Ave. 2nd Floor Tickets for the opening night screening & party are $25. Tickets for the screening only are $6.
Tickets for the screening only, $6 are available in person at The Coney Island USA Gift Shop/Box Office, 1208 Surf Avenue Ground Floor from 6:45pm - 7:30pm.
At age 18, John 'Red' Stuart hitch-hiked to New Orleans, where the sword, literally and figuratively, was handed over from legendary sideshow owner Toni Del Rio. Red spent the next 30 years learning the ins and outs of the sideshow business from the masters.
After retiring from the road in the early 1990s, Red returned to his hometown of Philadelphia, where he continues to perform in sideshows and act as a mentor to the next generation.
Down the Hatch takes a look at Red’s colorful career and his recent role in helping to fuel a resurgence in sideshows. Red’s story is told through interviews, archival material and performance footage. With the oral history of the American Sideshow slowing slipping away, Down the Hatch helps preserve this uniquely American legacy.