Public Invited to the Upcoming Premiere

"You Beautiful, Crazy, Blind Cripple" screenshot Walter (Daniel Bielinski) approaches New Salem, ND, farm house

“You Beautiful, Crazy, Blind Cripple” screenshot
Walter (Daniel Bielinski) approaches New Salem, ND, farm house

BISMARCK, ND — With a name “You Beautiful, Crazy, Blind Cripple,” it’s easy to strike up different emotions and draw from a spectrum of conclusions as to what this home-grown short film is all about. As the marquee banner on its www.beautifulcrazymovie.com website clearly reads, “’You Beautiful, Crazy, Blind Cripple,” is about a criminal on the run, a blind widow and an unlikely romance.

“You Beautiful, Crazy, Blind Cripple” Photo outtake of Walter on the road

“You Beautiful, Crazy, Blind Cripple” Photo outtake of Walter on the road

“It’s a North Dakota film shot against the beautiful backdrop of rural North Dakota that captures the spirit of the land and the people who live there,” said Dan Bielinski, writer and producer of the film and theater director at the University of Mary. “It’s a romantic comedy that I wanted North Dakotans to be proud of and enjoy watching.”

And a quick enjoyment at that, as the movie won’t allow for a restless audience with a run time of only 32 minutes. If only it took that long to write. Bielinski, who has his MFA in acting, says it was a painstaking process that took over eight months dating back to December of 2015.

“There were lots of highs and lows,” he added. “But it was meant to be because it ended up in a shooting script.”

“You Beautiful, Crazy, Blind Cripple” co-star (right) K.K. Moggie (Maya) laughs it up with students and co-star Daniel Beilinksi between scenes

“You Beautiful, Crazy, Blind Cripple” co-star (right) K.K. Moggie (Maya) laughs it up with students and co-star Daniel Beilinksi between scenes

And now North Dakotans have a chance to see it premiere Wednesday, November 16, at 7 p.m., inside Bismarck’s Grand Theatres. Limited seating is available for this one-time event. Go online now to www.beautifulcrazymovie.com and purchase your tickets by credit card for $8 each, or by cash at the theater box office.

“The title comes from a line spoken by the main character,” said Bielinski. “Maya—the beautiful crazy blind cripple—has a self-deprecating sense of humor and refers to herself as a cripple and being blind. It’s a politically incorrect title, but as soon one of the characters spoke the line in the film, it was obvious that it had to be the name of the film.”

“You Beautiful, Crazy, Blind Cripple” cinematographer Alvah Holmes records scene

“You Beautiful, Crazy, Blind Cripple” cinematographer Alvah Holmes records scene

The film centers around just two characters, Bielinski (Walter) and K.K. Moggie (Maya), an actress from New York with extensive film, TV and theater credits, along with a degree from Columbia University School of the Arts.

Also coming from The Big Apple is Alvah Holmes who has quickly established himself in the cinematography industry during the past 11 years shooting commercials, feature films experimental motion art and documentary work. Holmes used the state-of-the-art Red Weapon Cinema Camera in 6K to shoot this piece.

“You Beautiful, Crazy, Blind Cripple” director, Marek Dojs, cinematographer Alvah Holmes, and students film on location near New Salem

“You Beautiful, Crazy, Blind Cripple” director, Marek Dojs, cinematographer Alvah Holmes, and students film on location near New Salem

Adding to the intrigue, Bielinski, also proudly enlisted the services of University of Mary colleague Marek Dojs (pronounced Doyce), and his communications students for various aspects of behind the scenes production of the film. Dojs, assistant professor of Communications at the University of Mary, is the director and editor of this flick and also has experience in documentary filmmaking. Dojs’ and Bielinski’s skills have proven to be an award-winning movie-making partnership dating back to their first popular and well received film “The Good Father,” that won awards at film festivals across the country. The two are helping fill a massive void of creative filmmaking in North Dakota—and help bring a hands-on learning experience to students and all involved.

“You Beautiful, Crazy, Blind Cripple” crew and University of Mary students get ready to shoot a scene near New Salem, ND

“You Beautiful, Crazy, Blind Cripple” crew and University of Mary students get ready to shoot a scene near New Salem, ND

“Allowing our students the opportunity to work on a full-fledged professional film set from the start of shooting near New Salem, ND, to marketing the finished product, is unheard of at any undergraduate film school and is unique to University of Mary,” stated Bielinski. “Because of these filmmaking adventures outside the classroom, more and more University of Mary students are considering media production careers.”

So, don’t let the name fool you. “You Beautiful, Crazy, Blind Cripple” is a very ambitious short film with a long name, but with even longer thought given to the people and landscape of North Dakota that proudly infuses student and professional talent from here in Bismarck-Mandan and across the country.