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Winner – Best Political Documentary

Flew to Pennsylvania with my family for the 4th Philadelphia Independent Film Festival. Stayed in a hotel at 13th & Race. Walked through the neighborhood for some hot Mexican food. Taxi to the Franklin Institute to see Virtual JFK in an IMAX theater. Saw the massive Benjamin Franklin National Memorial.

Walked around Independence National Historical Park in the heat. Did an interview with Rich Gardner at The Bourse. Stopped by Media Bureau and chatted with Benjamin for a while. Met up with my aunt and uncle (who live in Lancaster, PA) for a delicious Italian dinner. Talked baseball with my dad and uncle. Fell in love with decaf coffee.

Took a Big Bus tour of the city = Philadelphia is amazing. Got lost in the Reading Terminal Market. Screened ZIELINSKI at Media Bureau. Cab ride to Penn’s Landing, which was popping on a Saturday night in June. Found a place to eat, which turned out to be a sports bar, which turned into a karaoke bar during our meal. Guinness, oh sweet pint of Guinness.

Took a subway ride with my dad to Citizens Bank Park to see the Phillies vs. Athletics. Roy Halladay pitched a brilliant game and the Phillies won. Met back up with the ladies and took a taxi to Fishtown for a killer meal at Kraftwork. Oliver Stone’s JFK was on TV. Back to Penn’s Landing for old school ice cream at The Franklin Fountain.

One Week Later
Received our first award for ZIELINSKI:
Thank you to Benjamin and the whole PIFF crew!

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Philly IMC Story

Yesterday I spoke with Rich Gardner of the Philadelphia Independent Media Center. We met up at the Bourse next to the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. He turned this story around in a matter of hours. Thanks Rich!

Zielinski – A Film
[posted 24 june 2011]

Was John Zielinski crazy? That was the thought that occurred to Chase Thompson and Ryan Walker when Zielinski showed up at their public access studio in Columbia, Missouri. Zielinski showed up with a VHS camera and after telling them his tape was stuck inside, asked if they could help and then told that the tape would bring down the American government.

As Thompson and Walker work in public access TV, they listen to a number of cranks, politely, and then do what they can for those persons. So they sat down and listened to this latest one. But this “crank” was different and in the film “Zielinski,” we hear that the documentary “Conspiracy of Silence” was produced, but that Zielinski was pressured not to release it. Zielinski had produced a total of 25 books and was a world-class photographer (Zielinski himself gives us a detailed run-down on his career here), so it was far from clear that the fellow had a screw loose.

In its review, Variety sniffs that “Production values are terrible.” Walker agreed, but pointed out that Zielinski lives in a $100 trailer and while Walker and Thompson did what they could with Zielinski’s materials, they didn’t have much of a budget to work with.

While the filmmakers still feel that many of Zielinski’s assertions are pretty wild and “out there,” one of his major assertions was one that he started making 25 years ago, that children are being kidnapped and sold into slaves. Unfortunately, authorities have come around to the view that Zielinski’s charges are accurate and after about 20 years of people keeping their distance from Zielinski (“Stay away from the crazy man!”), his assertions on that score were vindicated.

The film “Zielinski” will show on Saturday, June 25 @ 7:15 pm at the Media Bureau at 725 North 4th St. Philadelphia, PA 19123.

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We are happy to announce that ZIELINSKI is an official selection of the 4th Annual
Philadelphia Independent Film Festival.

Saturday, June 25 @ 7:15 pm
Media Bureau

725 North 4th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123

Looks like a really cool line-up of films!

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