Macomb Screenings Announced

Macomb native brings movie home

The McDonough County Voice
Posted Apr 24, 2011 @ 05:15 AM

Macomb, IL – Macomb native Ryan Walker will return home in May with his recently-completed documentary.

Walker, a 1997 graduate of Macomb High School, worked with Chase Thompson on the feature film “Zielinski.” The film will be shown twice on May 1 at the MidAmerica National Bank Conference Hall in the Spoon River College Community Outreach Center. The show times are 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. and Walker will host question and answer sessions after both screenings. Admission is $5

“I am thrilled to bring this film home to Macomb, where I receved so much creative encouragement over the years – from “Author of the Week” contests at Lincoln Elementary School to playing drums for Malted Milk Blues Band at the crowded Cafe,” Walker said. “I can still hear Mr. Murphy telling me ‘Too much crash cymbal….’ He was right.”

Walker attended Western Illinois University from 1998-2000 before transferring to the University of Missouri and graduating in 2003. He is the son of Ron and Leslie Walker, of Macomb.

“Zielinski” made its world premiere with two screenings at the 2011 Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. It was chosen from over 5,000 submissions.
Walker said the film has done well despite its $3,500 “shoestring” budget.

In March, the film was chosen for True/False, an international documentary film festival in Columbia, Mo. Nearly 1,000 people attended the four screenings.
In April the film screened at the AMC Kansas City Film Festival in the “Heartland Features” category.

In the 1960s and 1970s, Zielinski’s work appeared in “Life” magazine, the “New York Times” the “Chicago Tribune” among other publications. In a contract dispute, he lost $50,000 and professional credibility. Today Zielinski is described as the “most blacklisted author” in Iowa.

For 25 years he has dedicated his life to exposing human traffickers, pedophiles, drug dealers and Satanists.

The documentary film tells Zielinski’s story with 47 years of source material, new interviews and music by Mark Speckman.

The filmmakers began collaborating at Columbia Access Television, a non-profit organization in Columbia, Mo. Walker has produced over 150 programs for CAT and programmed over 2,500 as its program director.

In 2007, Zielinski was penniless and ran out of gas in Columbia, Mo. He soon found his way to CAT, where Thompson was working at the desk and Walker was editing a show. He carried in a muddy VHS camera and told the men, “There’s a tape stuck in here that will bring down the U.S. government. Can you help me?”

Walker said that started an investigation that led to the film’s production. To watch the film trailer, read the filmmakers’ blog or see photographs visit

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