Daniel Bielinski, director of University of Mary’s theater department, is planning a fall premiere in Bismarck for You Beautiful, Crazy, Blind Cripple, a romantic comedy, short film produced through a collaborative effort between the university’s theater and communication departments.
The film, shot near New Salem, North Dakota, continues the tradition initiated last year with The Good Father, a dramatic film merging the talents of U-Mary faculty, students, the arts community, and east coast industry professionals. That film has gone on to win awards at film festivals across the country.
Bielinski, 29, worked as an actor in New York before moving to Bismarck. He wrote the script for the You Beautiful… and he portrays the main character, Walter, a criminal on the run, who stumbles across the isolated farmhouse of Maya, an eccentric, blind widow. Walter plans to escape by stealing her pick-up truck, but she has other ideas, and a romance ensues. Bielinski said the production showcases the people and landscape of North Dakota.
“It’s really gratifying to be a part of the collaborative process of filmmaking, especially when we’re doing it at the
high level we’re achieving,” said Bielinski. “It’s a chance to collaborate with fellow professors, local professionals, my industry contacts in New York, and with students, in an in-the-trenches, getting-our-hands-dirty way.”
KK Moggie, an actress from New York, is the film’s co-lead. The roles of assistant director, script supervisor, 2nd assistant director, grip, prop master, and other production-assistant positions were filled by U-Mary students. They will also be involved in the digital marketing of the film, including offering it to national distributors.
U-Mary professor Marek Dojs is director and editor of the film. Professor Chris Franz served as key grip and still photographer, and he is co-director of the marketing campaign. Bielinski said about 50 individuals will be recognized in the film’s credits.
Bielinski, a native of the Milwaukee area, remarked he “got roped into acting” in high school. “I was very much a loner at that point, and it helped me come out of myself. It gave my life a direction.”
Bielinski feels strongly that film is an important part of a thriving arts community. “The best thing that could happen now is this film is embraced by the community and it leads to bigger and better projects.”
For more information on the Bismarck premiere of You Beautiful, Crazy, Blind Cripple, visit the film’s website at www.beautifulcrazymovie.com.