Dispatch from John Zielinski

“In the small town where John DeCamp lives he owns an old defunct bar which used to feature bands and local attractions.  I have his permission to adapted the enclosed 1/3 with chairs etc enough to accomadate 50 people.  I am helping him move from the town of Hallam to the town where he lives and am setting up a travelling show which would present the video mine included to churches, ci vic . groups and organizations such as the VFW.  John has so many awards from the VWF, Amvets, schools, national organizations and even the President Jimmy Carter that I feel we could even get people to travel from nearby towns once the word goes out.  I am strongly suspecting that John business is in the middle of a Satanic dominated village, since I have found people who hate John and blame him for everything he was accusing the system of.  I am headed back to Gallatin today to pick up tools, saws, etc as there will be some modification and in the back I can converted several rooms into a small apartment, but I would be traveling on a regular basis between Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska, maintaining a place to stay in each location.”

– John M. Zielinksi, 9 June 2013

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Reel Conspiracy

Photographer John Zielinski’s stumbled upon a diabolical plot “bigger than the Kennedy assassination.” Or has he? Two Missouri filmmakers spent two years trying to find out.

BY JORDAN OAKES

via St. Louis Magazine – Posted January 2012

Ryan Walker & Chase Thompson. Photo by Justin Brown.

If John Zielinski—the subject of a new documentary that bears his name—stuck exclusively to photography, he might be regarded as one of the all-time greats. Take his 1967 shots of the Amish. The photographer traveled to their pastoral environment and blended into the Amish woodwork. In the process, he captured unguarded moments that existed outside of the horse-and-carriage stereotypes. Even a corncob is rendered with rustic splendor, brushed with just the right stroke of sunlight to bring out the puzzle of its multicolored kernels. Zielinski’s photo of Martin Luther King Jr. captures the pensive side of a man whose iconic images usually show him in the throes of passionate oration. Unsurprisingly, Zielinski easily sold his photographs to famous magazines like Life. But Zielinski is even larger than life.

“He made his living for 20 years with his photos and postcards,” says Ryan Walker, who co-directed the documentary Zielinski (zielinskifilm.com). “If you go to Iowa now and ask people, a lot of them would remember his name and have his books in their house—but they would have no idea what he’s doing now.”

If the story of Zielinski stopped there, it would be the miniature legend of a talented photographer who deserved to be famous. But really, it’s a tale in which fact and fantasy are like clever identical twins, switching places at the whim of the viewer’s perspective. Zielinski, you see, isn’t merely a photojournalist; he’s an investigative reporter. And his namesake documentary depicts a man on an often-intrusive mission, knocking on the doors of public officials and barging in on press conferences—a man who alleges a giant cover-up, wherein criminals and public officials are not only in bed together, but also have the common dream of destroying him.

“He’s been telling the same story for 25 years,” says Walker, who, like his co-director Chase Thompson, lives in Columbia, Mo. “He draws on a lot of facts. But he draws a lot of conclusions that I don’t agree with at all.” Like its namesake’s ideas, Zielinski the movie has been years in the making. “We come from cable-access [TV],” explains Walker. “It started as just a little project.” In the early ’90s, Zielinski moved down from Iowa, presumably to find a new audience for his unconventional theories when his home state tired of them.

“He would come into the station trying to make programming, doing his thing, and bringing in his video. We were just around,” recalls Walker, “and kind of forced to listen to this guy.” Undoubtedly, the directors-to-be shared an incredulous glance or two as Zielinski went on about drug trafficking, underage sex rings, and secret societies of devil-worshippers, much of it, he alleged, reaching up to the Iowa state government—even the CIA. Walker was impressed—not so much by the theories, but by the theorizer. “I just thought this guy was such a character, with all his footage and books and photos. We were like, ‘Are you hearing this? Can you believe this guy?’ It just fell in our laps, pretty much.”

In the documentary, it’s hard to tell whether we’re watching paranoia personified or a man who’s done his homework. Zielinski claims that a printing company is behind a plot to discredit—even harm—him. It all began with a bitter court battle. In another scene, we watch him preparing horse-manure–compost tea in a yard full of junk. At one point, he discusses the time his hard drive fell off a shelf and into a bucket of water. Zielinski believes “something shifted” while he slept. When asked about why the bucket was there in the first place, he reveals that he had no running water. In a different clip, Zielinski recounts a fire that devastated his residence in the Ozarks, destroying files and irreplaceable negatives. It’s a pivotal point in the movie. Here was his opportunity to blame the conspirators, the people who, he believed, were out to silence him. But we get no conspiratorial fireworks, only Zielinski’s admission that he started the blaze himself—on accident.

Zielinski isn’t crazy—at least not completely. The film demonstrates that he has supporters and corroborators in high places, including the FBI (for whom, he claims, he once worked). It features news clips about busted crime rings and exposed conspiracies that are somehow connected to the ones he’s alleged. One of his disciples is the cameraman from his public-access show, who’s convinced there’s a plan by those in power for a new world order. And Zielinski’s references to President John F. Kennedy’s assassination betray an ironic self-awareness. A conspiracy theorist shouldn’t refer to other conspiracy theories. They should be taken one at a time, not thought of in terms of lineage. At times, the stuff in Zielinski is to be taken with a molecule of salt—at other moments, the claims seem almost plausible and supported. Zielinski appears to be rooted in truth, but at some juncture the “truth” resembles the point at which human hair transitions into extensions.

Zielinski isn’t exactly a family movie. Yet in some sense, it is. One of Zielinski’s sons, a lawyer, discusses his father’s plight in such disconnected terms that it’s not immediately clear they’re even related. The subtext seems to be, “Give it up, Dad.” A rather touching scene shows Zielinski visiting his other son, who’s autistic. He makes the drive regularly. In a way, the brethren can be viewed as representing the two sides of their controversial father—qualities that within Zielinski himself are blended like…well, horse-manure tea.

If there is one main criticism of Zielinski—which, incidentally, doesn’t pass judgment on its subject—it’s that it’s too short. By the time we begin sorting fact from fiction, the 66-minute movie is over. “There’s way more to the story,” promises Walker. “There’s a lot more material, and we shot the stuff so long ago.” Will there be a longer version with updates? “I’m tempted,” he admits. For now, he has an already–award-winning documentary to promote. He says that occasionally Zielinski himself will appear at the screenings. This is very unusual for the subject of a not-always-flattering documentary. (You’ll never see the Rolling Stones promoting Gimme Shelter.) But as befits his role as a photographer—the one he’s best at—Zielinski’s a colorful character who manages to convince us of at least one thing: Not everything in life is black-and-white.

$10. January 6 through 8, 7 p.m. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp, 314-773-3363, offbroadwaystl.com.

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BOY SCOUT SEX ABUSE

Sigh…

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57535352/boy-scout-files-show-sex-abuse-cover-ups/

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ZiELiNSKi named “Top Movie of 2011″…

…by one guy with extremely good taste. Skizz Cykyk was our projectionist at Slamdance (January 2011). He is a prolific filmmaker, musician, and God knows what else. Here is the interview where Skizz mentions ZiELiNSKi.

via leacocks.com

Freaks in Love: Skizz Cyzyk

By . Posted on 22 September 2011.

Have you ever driven a car for ten hours in one day? I have, and let me tell you: it sucks. Your legs get numb, your eyes can’t focus, your stomach runs a spin cycle on the fast food and energy drinks that have kept your hands on the wheel all day. It leaves most people dazed and cranky, myself included.

But not Skizz Cyzyk. Nope, after a full day of driving from his home in Baltimore to make it to the POP Montreal premier of Freaks in Love, a film which looks back on the 25-year journey of the cult punk band Alice Donut, Skizz cheerfully granted me an interview last night. Maybe it’s because his long career playing with numerous punk and punk-influenced bands from the Baltimore area — The Jennifers, Mink Stole, Garage Sale, The Go Pills, and Berserk just to list a few — has made long days on the road and late-night chats par for the course. Or maybe it’s the long hours he pulled putting together a decade of the underground film fest MicroCineFest in his own home/theatre, or the times he had to sneak onto college campus’ to finish editing his self-funded 16mm underground films. I don’t know for sure, but Skizz was wide awake and ready to talk about film, freaks, YouTube and sandwiches.

You’ve had a long career with indie/underground film – where have you seen it come from and where do you see it going?
Skizz Cyzyk: These days I’m not really sure. If you’d asked me ten years ago before YouTube… I don’t really know what makes a film underground anymore. It seems like everything is accessible. Undergound used to be a film you wanted to see that was hard to see. And now nothing is hard to see. Between YouTube and BitTorrent, it seems I can see anything I want to see these days. There’s still a lot of underground film festivals, there might even be more now than there were before.

So some kid filming his friends in his backyard with his cellphone and putting it on YouTube isn’t underground film?
SC: To me that’s people making home movies, and then making them public and voyeurs watching them. I don’t see that as film-making, it’s just quick entertainment.

Your latest project, Hit and Stay, is being funded through KickStarter. What do you think of this new prospect of receiving capital from fans and the film faithful?
SC: It solves the problem in a way. Lots of people want to make films but don’t have the funding. It’s a lot easier to get 100 people to pitch ten bucks now than it was years ago. I love the crowd funding movement, though I worry that it’ll get old too soon. I have a lot of friends with KickStarter campaigns for their own projects, but I can’t support them because I am living off a KickStarter fund right now. I think people will start being more choosy, but for the time being it’s working out great.

So let’s hear some about Freaks in Love. What made you want to document the journey of Alice Donut?
SC: Oh, this isn’t going to be the best answer [Laughs]. I got hired to do it. I was approached by my codirecter David with the idea of making this film. And I had been a fan, I had played their first record a lot on college radio in the 80s. In the 90s, I was in a band called Berserk and I played with Alice Donut. David is friends with the band and they said they wanted to make a documentary to celebrate 25 years. So David told me, here’s a film that I already know people will want to see. I’ve never had that with any of my other projects.

What does the term “freak” mean to you, and where does the love come from?
SC: Freak to me is just people that in their natural state that are far from the average person. The love in this case is that, as one of the members says, Alice Donut is a functional family. They actually love each other and get along after 25 years. So it seemed like a good title. We open the film with one of their songs “Love is a Fickle Thing”, which plays into the whole love angle, and the title Freaks in Lovereally describes the band.

You started off working with Super 8 and low budget equipment. Do you prefer to work within harder limitations? Have you graduated to more expensive equipment?
SC: I definitely miss working with film, like the real stuff. I love the process of threading a camera and taking a light meter reading and editing by hand. I don’t miss the limitations, and I don’t miss the cost. I love all the software. I’m in my mid-40’s and keeping up with it is kind of tough. There are people in their 20s learning how to use this stuff in school and I’m just teaching myself. I’m really under-qualified for a lot of the jobs out there[Laughs]. I love what the software is capable of, I wish I had it 20 years ago.

Did you play around with some new software for Freaks in Love?
SC: Not too much. I did everything with Final Cut Pro and part of the soundtrack in Garage Band. I also fixed up some old photos in Photoshop. It’s amazing to me that I had to do it all on a laptop where before I had to sneak onto a college campus to get editing equipment. I was working on the film on an airplane!

Top movie of 2011 for you so far?
SC: It’s not released in theatres yet, still doing the festival rounds, it’s called Prairie Love. I think it premiered at Sundance in January and its been at a few film festivals I’ve been at. There’s also a documentary called Zielinski I saw at the Slamdance Film Festival.

Last question, just for fun – if you had to be a sandwich condiment, what would you be?
SC: Honey mustard. Have you ever read any of my interviews? At the end of every one I ask them what kind of vegetable they’d be.

I’d be asparagus.
SC: That’s a good vegetable.

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And now, an email from John Zielinski

Date: 19 September 2012
From: John Zielinski
To: Chase Thompson & Ryan Walker
Subject: Hope you are watching the papers

  On Monday KCStar headlines Boy Scouts have been covering for pedophiles, since 1971, stories run include from as far away as England.  Remember pedophilia controls this country. Working in an almost daily basis with John DeCamp–incidentally he was a Presidential decorated War Hero from Viet Nam.  The pedophile and drug related activities involve governors and U.S. Senators and Congressmen.  I will be showing “Conspiracy of Silence” in new improved DVD at Gallatin Library and now setting up for the Friends room in Daniel Boone Library in Columbia.

You know I am the first one beside John DeCamp to expose the kidnapping and child slavery in my film done in 1991-2 and Aired as America’s MIA Children, now having artist create a Child MIA flag.

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Zielinski Vs. Sandusky

As John Zielinski has said, “I’m not alone.” The Daily News just posted this article today.

By / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

 

Self-described ‘child prostitute’ connects Jerry Sandusky to Poly Prep sex abuse scandal and coach Phil Foglietta

Greg Bucceroni sends off email detailing explosive allegations that late Poly Prep football coach, whom he met at fund-raiser for Sandusky’s Second Mile charity, was involved in child sex ring.

A Philadelphia man who claims to have been paid to have sex with former Poly Prep football coach Phil Foglietta in 1979 as part of an alleged pedophile ring that included Jerry Sandusky sent an email to several Poly Prep officials on Monday – including current headmaster David Harman – detailing the explosive allegation.

Greg Bucceroni, 48, also sent the email to Kevin Mulhearn, the Orangeburg, N.Y., attorney who represents 12 men who sued the school, alleging Poly Prep officials knew that Foglietta was a sexual predator but covered it up for decades in order to protect the elite institution’s reputation and fund-raising efforts.

Bucceroni says he was a teenager when he said he met Foglietta at a Second Mile fund-raiser near State College, Pa. The Second Mile organization, which helped at-risk youths, was founded in 1977 by Sandusky, the former Penn State football coach who was convicted on 45 counts of sexual abuse of minors in June. Sandusky, who is scheduled to be sentenced next month, is expected to spend the rest of his life in prison.

In the email to Poly Prep, Bucceroni said he was “a child prostitute” and was associated with a pedophile ring that included Sandusky, Foglietta, now-deceased Philadelphia businessman Ed Savitz and former Wharton School of Business professor Lawrence Scott Ward, who is serving a lengthy prison sentence for trafficking in child porn and smuggling photos and videos of himself having sex with a teenage Brazilian boy.

“(Between) 1977-1980 I was a child prostitute associated with a tri-state (NYC-NJ-PA) pedophile ring. (During the) summer of 1979 I was brought to the State College area by Ed Savitz for the purpose of child prostitution with Jerry Sandusky at a Second Mile fundraiser,” Bucceroni wrote in the email. “Due to time constraints, Sandusky became unavailable and I was introduced to Phil Foglietta by Ed Savitz & Jerry Sandusky. Foglietta was introduced to us as Coach Phil who coached youth football in NYC. Foglietta agreed to pay $200.00 for child sex and followed us back to a Philadelphia hotel, myself (sic)ad another child prostitute then engaged coach Phil in child sex.”

A spokeswoman for the school said Poly Prep had no comment on Bucceroni’s email.

In a series of interviews, Bucceroni told the Daily News that Savitz and Sandusky knew each other through Second Mile, political fund-raising and sports events.

Bucceroni said his stepfather completed paperwork for the boy, then 16, to be enrolled in Second Mile in 1980 and that Bucceroni and Savitz delivered it to Sandusky, but that an altercation between Bucceroni and Savitz that same year destroyed any chances of him being accepted.

Bucceroni claims to have been abused by Savitz over several years in the late ’70s. Savitz was charged with multiple counts of sexual abuse in 1992 in the horrific case, but died of AIDS before his trial was to begin in 1993. More than 2,500 photos of Savitz’s alleged victims were seized by authorities who raided his homes, including an apartment near Philadelphia’s posh Rittenhouse Square.

Lynne Abraham, the former Philadelphia district attorney who prosecuted the Savitz case, told The News that she was unaware of any connection between Savitz, Sandusky and Ward.

“I know nothing about this,” she said.

At a hearing on Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Frederic Block – who is overseeing the Poly Prep sexual abuse lawsuit filed by 10 former students and two day campers – urged the plaintiffs and the school’s lawyers to reach a settlement. A source familiar with the case said no settlement has yet been reached, but that there have been several settlement conferences before a magistrate judge.

The lawsuit filed by Mulhearn in 2009, which seeks $20 million for each of the plaintiffs who say they were assaulted by Foglietta, claims that Foglietta may have abused hundreds of other boys. According to the suit, a plaintiff identified as John Doe III says he found hundreds of photos of naked boys, apparently taken with a Kodak Instamatic in Foglietta’s apartment, when he opened a dresser drawer in the coach’s bedroom in 1971.

Foglietta died in 1998. According to a source familiar with the coach, he claimed that he had been offered a job on several occasions to serve on Joe Paterno’s Penn State football staff at Penn State. But Foglietta chose to stay at the Dyker Heights school because, according to the source, “he wanted to be big fish in a small pond.”

Mulhearn declined to comment Bucceroni’s email.

Bucceroni told The News that he was contacted by authorities on Wednesday to discuss Foglietta, and in the email to Poly Prep, he says that he has cooperated with the FBI and U.S. Postal Inspectors.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/i-team/self-described-child-prostitute-connects-jerry-sandusky-poly-prep-sex-abuse-scandal-coach-phil-foglietta-article-1.1163303#ixzz273iz8quI

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Halfway There

I’ve heard other filmmakers say, “Once you finish your film, you’re half-way there.”  It’s the truth. It’s taken us over a year, but we’ve found the perfect distributor for our film – The Orchard, based in New York. They loved our bizarre little documentary and were able to put it in their line-up. It’s never been easier to give the gift of ZiELiNSKi — now available on iTunes, for rental ($3.99) or download ($9.99).

iTunes

Apparently, ZiELiNSKi has already made a splash in Canada, where it is currently one of the top documentaries on iTunes. Thanks, Canada!

As the Penn State scandal continues to unfold, 72-year-old John Zielinski is on the move again.  He is planning an all out assault on pedophiles, Satanists, human traffickers, and the CIA. Take a listen:

“I circulated a newspaper on [Univ. of Iowa] campus in November 1992, one article in eight pages suggested that pedophile activity was going on and a mentioned NAMBLA influence. A short time later a editorial came out that stated “There is a newspaper circulating on this campus that suggest there is an organization which targets little boys for sexual purposes, we want to tell you that is all a myth, no such organization exists.:”  How or why was this choose out of a eight page paper to be commented on.  Why am I getting threats from Alumni Magazine today for revealing what I published 20 years ago?  Three month after the editorial appeared there was a major expose in Reader’s Digest on NAMBLA.  Kill(ing) Zielinski would cause too much attention, better to discredit and suggest he was a nut case.”

Stay tuned. Beware. Let the truth be told.

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Cornfed Film Fest article in The Voice

Two featured films to fit festival’s “Firsts” theme

The McDonough County Voice - Posted Mar 22, 2012 @ 11:12 AM

Macomb, Ill. –Two exciting new films will be part of the upcoming Cornfed Film Fest set for April 13-15 in Macomb.

In keeping with the festival’s theme of “A Festival of Firsts,” “Fever Year” and “Zielinski” are both first films by their filmmakers. Also, both are documentaries offering insights into two complex, but very different, men.

Cornfed Film Fest

“Fever Year,” a film by Xan Aranda, comes to west-central Illinois on a wave of interest that’s been growing throughout the country and now worldwide.

This “feature-length concert documentary film” presents a look into the creative process of acclaimed singer-songwriter Andrew Bird. Filmed during months of Bird’s most rigorous year of touring, the motion picture sees him cross the December finish line in his hometown of Chicago – feverish and on crutches from an onstage injury.

“Fever Year” features live performances at Milwaukee’s Pabst Theater (with collaborators Martin Dosh, Jeremy Ylvisaker, Michael Lewis and Annie Clark of St. Vincent) and is the first to capture Bird’s precarious multi-instrumental looping technique.

The film premiered at the Lincoln Center in New York as part of the prestigious New York Film Festival in October.

Since then it’s been well received at film festivals around the country, with several international premieres forthcoming. Described by the Film Society of Lincoln Center as “a cunning hybrid of documentary and concert film,” “Fever Year” will show at the Cornfed Film Fest at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 14.

“Zielinski” brings home the work of Macomb native Ryan Walker.

The first film of Walker and Chase Thompson, the documentary brings to the screen “the rise and fall of John Zielinski, the most blacklisted author in the history of Iowa.”

The genesis for the film is described as: “John Zielinski walked into Columbia Access Television holding a huge, muddy VHS camera. It was just the three of us. He said, ‘There’s a tape stuck in here that will bring down the U.S. government. Can you help me?’ This jarring first impression kick-started an investigation (that) went much deeper than expected.”

“Zielinski” premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, in January 2011 and has been screened at multiple festivals throughout the country.

Described by Variety as “both a profile and a provocation,” this movie brings a portrait of a complex and unforgettable character to life. See “Zielinski” — and chat with filmmaker Ryan Walker — at the Cornfed Film Fest at 1 p.m. Saturday April 14.

Cornfed Film Fest is down-to-earth while providing a strong and healthy serving of films.
It nourishes with well-crafted film and engaging conversation and is made strong by the region’s enthusiasm for film.

The festival will bring first films by well-known directors of various genres as well as films that represent a “first” or innovation in filmmaking.

The festival is also dedicated to cultivating an audience for talented first-time filmmakers, both young adults and emerging professionals, and providing them with much-needed support and encouragement.

The festival brings to the region a broad range of movies that are not typically available on a large screen.

Festivals provide a unique viewing experience where people can watch a movie together and have an engaging dialogue.

Cornfed Film Fest brings a well-considered program to the community that builds appreciation and understanding of film as well as the field of filmmaking.

The festival will be a weekend long event beginning on Friday, April 13 with a welcoming reception and a screening of famous directors’ short films.

Saturday has a full schedule of firsts, beginning with student films and ending with full-length feature films.

The festival winds down with a Sunday brunch, awards and a family feature.

For more information on Cornfed Film Fest, go to www.cornfedfilmfest.net or email info@cornfedfilmfest.net. Ticket sales will begin soon.

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John Makes Headlines

Columbia residents remember personal connections to Martin Luther King Jr.

Columbia residents share stories of Martin Luther King Jr. as a real man who touched their lives
MISSOURIAN –  Sunday, January 15, 2012 | 6:40 p.m. CST

Martin Luther King Jr. poses for a photograph before speaking at a rally near downtown Chicago on July 24, 1966.   ¦  PHOTO BY JOHN ZIELINSKI

COLUMBIA — As Columbia and the rest of the country take time Monday to reflect on the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., three Columbia residents shared their personal remembrances of the late civil rights leader.

George Farris


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  • Martin Luther King Jr. addresses a crowd of approximately 125 people in downtown Chicago on July 24, 1966.


Martin Luther King Jr. liked the greens they served at his parents’ table. That’s one thing George Farris, 86, remembers about King.

Farris’ brother, Isaac, married King’s sister, Christine. The two families would visit each other in Missouri and Atlanta. Once, King came to the Farris family farm in Eolia, and his mother cooked them a homegrown meal.

“They had regular greens that they raised in the garden and Kentucky Wonder Beans and peas. They had other food like potatoes fresh out of the garden,” Farris said.

They had dandelion greens, too, though they called it spinach. Farris said King really enjoyed the way his mother cooked, and King commented on the greens.

Farris said he often discussed issues of the day with King.

“He would just talk to me like a brother,” he said. “We’d sit down sometimes and talk maybe half an hour or an hour. He’d bring up something and I’d bring up something and he’d say, ‘Well you know why that is, don’t you?’”

Then King would give the historical or economic context for a certain social issue, Farris said.

King was down-to-earth, Farris said. “He didn’t act like he was any different than me.”

Farris respected King as a leader.

“He just wanted everybody to have a chance to give their expression,” Farris said. “Just because a person is a different color or different religion doesn’t mean you can mistreat them and think you’re right, because that’s not the way the Lord looks at it.”

John Zielinski

It was pure chance that John Zielinski came face-to-face with King that sweltering day in Chicago.

Zielinski is a professional photographer now living in Columbia. But on July 24, 1966, he was a college student with a summer job in Chicago who took his girlfriend’s 35mm Praktica camera to a shop downtown to find new lenses.

A police officer approached him on the street while he was taking pictures, Zielinski said, and warned him that King would be speaking later and there could be a riot, so he should stay away.

Instead, Zielinski said he went straight to the site of the rally.

The temperature was in the 90s. King, who looked exhausted, pulled up in a large truck with several other speakers, Zielinski said.

“I was impressed that as hot as it was, he was there in a black suit,” he said.

Just as a crowd of about 125 pressed toward the stage, a man moved his hands and parted the crowd like Moses.

“He split those people in two to let me take those photos,” Zielinski said.

Zielinski never thought he would get to see King except on TV. He stepped to the edge of the platform, about four to six feet away from King, and snapped a photo head-on.

“I had been there at an important moment in history,” he said.

When people look at the photos these days, Zielinski said, he hopes they come away with “a warm remembrance of the man.”

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True/False 2011 Interview by Scott Johnson


During True/False, on one of our many walks up and down the streets of Columbia we met Scott Johnson. Well not really. I’d met him at some party at Mojo’s a year or so before. He was wearing huge ski boots and a flowing scarf. I had to say hello. Ryan and I kept running into Scott at the parties and at the films. Mostly the parties. He had this awesome set up in the basement of the Regency Hotel (soon to be demolished). The basement was full of mirrors and he had brought a ton of gear and lights to get interviews with filmmakers that had a film in the festival. He showed us the space one night and we were like, “Sure. We’ll let you interview us.” We scheduled a time to meet the following day and it was done. Well… not really. We woke Scott up in his Regency room at 5pm the next day. He had just got in from the night before. A true rock star. He was in rough shape but found the energy to shoot our interview. We helped him set up and he went from looking hungover to consummate professional at the press of the record button. His enthusiasm for our film was contagious. Sadly we were one of the only interviews captured in the soon to be destroyed Regency Hotel. Please take a moment of silence before you hit play to pay your respects to all the good times that have been had in the Regency.

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Thanks to Erika Adair for editing this piece and thanks again to our boy Scott Johnson for not flaking out.

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