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On the morning of April 8th, Becky and I left Columbia to go see Zielinski in the Kansas City Film Festival. Ryan stayed behind to play a Viletto reunion show. Sorry I missed it, bro. Beck and I arrived in KC and went to see our good friends Zach and Sandy, and their 10 month old son, Jackson. It was a beautiful day so we called in some Oklahoma Joe’s and took it to Memorial Park for a picnic. Travis met us there and was kind enough to let us crash at his pad. Thanks, Trav. Holy shit! Oklahoma Joe’s was awesome! I had a burnt ends sandwich with slaw on top and sauce on the side. I really did feel like crying when I ate the last bite. Best sandwich ever!

We showed up at the AMC Mainstreet theater and got our passes. Cool venue. There were some great pics of several of my favorites; Charlie Chaplin, The Marx Brothers, and Laurel and Hardy. Reunited with Zach and Sandy and then I saw my Aunt Terry, Uncle Bud, and my cousin Bryon. It was so cool that they came to see the screening. It was an intimate screening but the crowed was really into it. I gave a brief Q&A after the film and that was it. We all went to have a beer and dinner at a pub near by. We ended up staying there for hours.

It was really good to visit with all of you. Greg and Scott… we’ll hook up next time for sure. Thanks for all of the hospitality. Talk soon.

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Kansas City Here We Come!

Tickets are now available for our April 9th Screening in Kansas City. Click here to purchase individual tickets for $10. We’re looking forward to screening with Bhopali and Fordson. All three of our films made their World Premiere at Slamdance this year, and I strongly recommend checking them out. Also proud to screen once again alongside The Pruitt-Igoe Myth, directed by our friend Chad Freidrichs.

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Looking Back on T/F

Check out the story I threw together for MyMissourian.com. It is meant to be read fast, and I recommend you hold your breath as long as possible while you read it. This will help give you a sense of what Ryan and I were feeling during the festival.

Local directors look back on True/False experience

[published March 16, 2011]

Opening Night

Columbia has to be one of the top-five coolest places to live. When we are asked “Where are you guys from?” we answer proudly, without hesitation, Columbia, Missouri!

This town made “Zielinski” possible, and it was such a great feeling to see it play on our home stage, The Blue Note, on opening night. We had a great audience that night. Four hundred strong and all ready to hear John’s story. It was so cool to see the audience chanting ZIE-LIN-SKI after the film.

Ryan Wylie was the moderator of our Q&A. Class act.

My favorite moment was when someone asked John: “You’re such an amazing photographer. Why don’t you just stick to that, man?” John replied, “If some of you would get out there and help expose child slavery, then maybe I could go back to being a photographer.” Amazing!

Hung out with Ted and Matt. Lost my briefcase.

Day 2

Found my briefcase. Made it to Broadway Brewery for our interview on NPR. Fat breakfast. Nap. Panel discussion about whether we are laughing at or with our film subjects. Tornado!!! Get to the basement! Screening at The Hive. Said goodbye to The Pasta Factory. I worked there for four years and met my lover there. The restaurant is moving west by Hy-Vee. P-fac, downtown will miss you.

Went to say what’s up to Ted at The Blue Note, and we watched “KNUCKLE.” Made my way to the @ction party. Way cool. Good peeps. Even got to see Rob Rassmussen, one of the stars in “Zielinski.” Went home early to get some sleep for the True Life Run at 8 a.m.

Day 3

Early start. 5k run. So cold. 26:16. Fattest breakfast in the world.

Noticed a familiar face on the front page of the Tribune. It was the three of us (John, Ryan, Chase) from the Thursday night screening at The Blue Note.

It should be noted that page two had two articles on human trafficking and child pornography. You could hold the paper up to the light and see John’s face peeking through. Great press! John is loving it.

We geared up for our Saturday night screening at Little Ragtag. We went to see Chad Freidrich’s film, “The Pruitt-Igoe Myth.” It was a packed screening at The Globe Theater.

After the Q&A, I went to get ready to introduce our film while Ryan went to The Blue Note to show his short film for Gimme Truth. I talked with Becky and Mark about all kinds of stuff. Films, bombs, weird laws and the new Chow Wagon.

Ryan made it back in time to do the Q&A. We had a great discussion with a wide variety of intellects. Two women had a very heated debate during the Q&A. It was nice to have the pressure taken off for a minute and sit back and watch the show.

It was late and time to go to another party. The super secret party was the jam! Ran into Channing Kennedy. It’s been a while, bro. That was cool. Also ran into my old friend Zeb. Way cool. Stayed out way too late and did the zombie walk home.

Day 4

Woke up to a text saying, “See you in 15 minutes.” I’m supposed to be at this breakfast. Luckily I still had my clothes and shoes on. I made it there, no problem, and had some great conversation with some of the female filmmakers from the festival who were interested in Citizen Jane. Breakfast was served on the top floor of the Tiger Hotel. Sweet view. I think I saw Fulton.

Time for lunch. Used a coupon, ate a sandwich. Fair trade. Took it real easy. Getting ready for the last screening of our film at Windsor Cinema. Around 300 people watched “Zielinski” that night. We had a wonderful Q&A and headed to the closing night reception.

On our way downtown I noticed that the moon was waxing again. With just a sliver showing, we were escorted downtown with an ear-to-ear smile. How perfect. I had nothing left and went home afterward. I hear the volunteer party was tight. They deserve a night of madness to shake off all the questions they have had to answer. See you next year. Long live True/False!

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ZIELINSKI Returns! (April 8-11)

Thanks to all the buzz and curiosity surrounding ZIELINSKI at True/False, the locally-made documentary will be screening 6 more times at Ragtag Cinema this coming April. If you were unable to see our film during the festival, check out these upcoming screenings.

Friday, April 8th @ 8:45pm & 10:30pm

Saturday, April 9th @8:45pm & 10:30pm

Sunday, April 10th @ 7pm

Monday, April 11th @ 8:30pm

Come meet John Zielinski and ensconce yourself in his photos, talk about the film, and try to solve the mystery that is ZIELINSKI.

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ZIELINSKI to screen at Ragtag

Due to an incredible response from our hometown, ZIELINSKI will screen at Ragtag Cinema in early April. Dates and times coming soon. Our four screenings at last week’s True/False Film Festival drew in nearly 1000 people. Can’t wait to add to that. We would also like to mention that John Zielinski, himself, sold over 100 photographs during the fest. He will have more autographed prints at each of our April screenings. If you have any aches or pains he will also have Aloe Vera for sale. He has lost over 40lbs. in the last 6 months while taking an ounce with each meal. But I’ll let him tell you about that.

It was so nice to see friends and strangers coming together over their curiosity about one man. Seeing crowds of people swarming around John and buying his prints was very rewarding. As the night would go on, the conversation would shift from shutter speeds to sex rings. On Saturday we woke up to find all three of us (John, Ryan, Chase) on the front page of the Columbia Daily Tribune. It should be noted that on page 2 there was an article about a woman arrested for possessing child porn in Columbia. On Monday two people were indicted on suspicion of sex trafficking in Columbia, and another man was arrested for possessing child porn. If John was right about that, what else is he right about?

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True/False Thus/Far

Wow! You gotta love the energy of this festival. Lemme tell ya’. Opening night at The Blue Note was incredible. 400 people strong, audience chanting ZIE-LIN-SKI (kind of like MIZ – ZOU), and John Zielinski going on a 5 minute speech about “what’s going on.”  I challenge you to fit more face on a screen. Thanks for the amazing night, Columbia. See Tribune article here.

The next day came quick. We did a 30 minute interview on NPR at Broadway Brewery and caught a good meal from Coffee Zone. Ryan and I split up to get ready for our next screening and the “Are you laughing at me” panel discussion. During this time a tornado warning came on suddenly and we ended up in the basement of the Missouri Theater. It rained so hard that water penetrated the projection room at The Hive. This caused the audio board to get wet and our sound went out for 15 seconds. Longest 15 seconds of our lives. When it came back on there were lots of snap-crackle-pops, but the film played to the end and the Q&A was great. Thanks for bearing with us!

After getting our fifth wind, we took in the last 30 minutes of the Reality Bites party. Coffee beer. Who knew? Watched KNUCKLE with Ted and Becky. Finally made it to the @ction party. The party looked amazing! Well done to all who decorated it. It was perfect. Great tunes all night. Loved the old soul music. Went to bed before 2am so I could get up and run my first 5k at 8am.

That was the coldest run I’ve ever done. It was also my fastest. I finished the race in 26:16. Looking forward to a day filled with films, food, and friends. Hope to see you all at Little Ragtag tonight for our 10:30pm screening.

Awe Chia!

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It’s time.

Are you ready? Tonight we will unleash our film Zielinski in our hometown. Our street team has been incredible. Thank you, Jack. Thank you, Ben. Maybe you’ve seen this creepy van rolling around town. No? You will.

It is so cool to have our film play at The Blue Note. I think this will be a perfect venue for Mark Speckman’s music. It is going to sound monstrous. The show will get started at 9:30pm but you should get there early if you don’t already have a ticket. It’s getting close to selling out. However, we have a screening each day of the T/F festival.

Thu @ The Blue Note 9:30pm - Fri @ The Hive 3:30pm
Sat @ Little Ragtag 10:30pm - Sun @ Windsor Cinema 5:30pm

Many thanks to Signs Now. Mike Azar (creator of Swampsen, Riggs & Tenny, Son: Cinema Syndicate animation) was a huge help and came up with the perfect size poster. Look how big they are! Hey Paul, did you ever think your work would be taped on the side of a red van cruising the streets of Columbia, Missouri? Keep an eye out for the new Zielinski T-shirts created by Alie McNeil.

Zie – Lin – Ski!

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Bring It On Home

True/False, here we come! The world premiere of Zielinski at Slamdance Film Festival was a life-changing experience. The film got a great reaction, and we met some uh, pretty crazy peeps. We always answered with pride that we come from Missouri, son!

Now we’re ready to up the ante and bring the film home – to Columbia. We met John Zielinski here, we met Mark Speckman here, we honed our craft at Columbia Access Television and Stephens College, and now we can share our film with the community. In the past we’ve enjoyed True/False as volunteers, musicians, and viewers. This year will be different.

If you live in Columbia, chances are you have met John Zielinski (especially if you hang out at Daniel Boone Regional Library). To meet John is to remember John. Maybe he freaked you out talking about child slavery and satanism. Maybe he showed you one of his books, or a stack of them. Maybe you found him annoying. But you remember him. And come on, aren’t you just a little bit curious? Where did this guy come from?

T/F Screenings, March 3rd-6th

Thu @ The Blue Note – 9:30pm
Fri @ The Hive – 3:30pm
Sat @ Little Ragtag – 10:30pm
Sun @ Windsor Cinema – 5:30pm

complete T/F schedule

We can’t wait to share Zielinski with the city that made it possible. We love you Columbia.

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