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A carousel has spun since 1925 in a small town in NY. It once inspired Rod Serling and has since become a portal into the Twilight Zone
A carousel has spun since 1925 in a small town in NY. It once inspired Rod Serling and has since become a portal into the Twilight Zone
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The Carousel follows artist, Cortlandt Hull, and his experience restoring the George F. Johnson Recreation Park carousel (Commonly referred to as the Rod Serling carousel). In addition to highlighting its importance to Serling’s life with the help of author & daughter of Rod Serling, Anne Serling.

American screenwriter, narrator, playwright and TV producer Rodman E. "Rod" Serling is best known for hosting the 1950's-60's science fiction anthology TV series, The Twilight Zone. On October 30, 1959, the show aired its fifth episode in the series titled "Walking Distance." The story follows a man that unexpectedly travels back in time to his childhood, when he decides to visit his native town of Homewood. Over fifty years have passed and this episode remains one of the more critically acclaimed Twilight Zone episodes of all-time. Influenced by and written around Rod Serling's own home town of Binghamton, NY, the episode includes an iconic carousel which happens to be a complete replica of the one that Serling used to ride as a young boy. The George F. Johnson Recreation Park carousel, built in 1925, still stands today in the city of Binghamton and was recently restored in 2011. With the help of master carver, Bill Finkenstein of WRF Designs, artist and executive director of the Witch's Dungeon Classic Movie Museum in Bristol, CT, Cortlandt Hull, was chosen to paint the panels on the crown above the carousel horses, which include images from some of The Twilight Zone‘s most prominent episodes. This documentary-short film revisits the restoration process and the inspiration behind it.

Below: 11x17 (A Stop at Willoughby/Walking Distance) Reward

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'The Carousel' comes back to Kickstarter to cover Post-Production costs!

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Funds generated from this campaign will be directed towards the post-production costs. I will need to cover film festival submission fees, exhibition copies (DCP & Blu-Rays), shipping, promotional materials & sound mixing.

With every pledge, comes rewards! Be sure to check them out and see what may interest you! For 'The Carousel,' we have set a funding goal of $3,500 and have 30 days to reach that goal. If this goal is not reached, we receive nothing - so every contribution counts! No donation is too small or too high!

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For any questions you may have please feel free to email me directly at jonathanapolitano@gmail.com

Thank you and take care.

Jonathan Napolitano

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