"Both a profile and a provocation, 'Zielinski' is also a dream match of style and subject, blending the low-budget, crazy-quilt filmmaking of Chase Thompson and Ryan Walker with conspiracy-theorist extraordinaire John M. Zielinski, whose portrait seems perfectly framed by the pic's fractured assembly." -John Anderson, Variety
Dialogue: Filmmaker Chase Thompson in person.
John Zielinski was a well-known author and photographer. His work had appeared in Life Magazine, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune and countless other publications. But in a devastating 1984 contract dispute, he lost $50,000 and his professional credibility. "This was the opening shot – turning me back into an investigative reporter." Today, Zielinski is the most blacklisted author in the history of Iowa. For 25 years he has dedicated his life to exposing human traffickers, pedophiles, drug dealers and Satanists. But as he says, "They don’t kill you unless you become effective." The film traces the rise and fall of a true American original who has sacrificed everything in his quest for justice. Filmmakers Chase Thompson and Ryan Walker tell the story without voice over, using 47 years of source material, new interviews and music by Mark Speckman. Post-screening Q&A with filmmaker Chase Thompson and special guests.
About Chase Thompson
Chase Thompson is a professor of film and media at Stephens College, a liberal arts school for women in Columbia, Missouri. He is currently the Board President of Columbia Access Television. Chase is working on two documentaries: Grandma vs. the Woods and I’m Not Through: The Legend of Sir Lattimore Brown.