Sunday, February 10, 2013

George Malich Free Film Festival at Mad Art in March

George Malich as the military chaplain filmed by V. Elly Smith
for the movie
Go South for Animal Index.

George Malich Free Film Festival
Screenings every Wednesday in March at Mad Art

Poetry Scores, Cinema St. Louis and KDHX will present the George Malich Free Film Festival with screenings at 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday in March at Mad Art Gallery, 2727 So. 12th St. in Soulard.

The festival will focus on the four feature movies in which St. Louis actor George Malich – who passed away July 26, 2012, at the age of 55 – appeared. All screenings are free and open to the public, with a cash bar, and will be followed by a Q&A with directors and actors

The screening schedule:

·        7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 6: The Bunglers (Bradley Bowers, 2005); Q&A with Bradley Bowers (producer, writer, actor) and Megan Noonan (director)

·        7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 13: A: Anonymous (Daniel Bowers, 2006); Q&A with Ray Brewer and Peter Kruchowski (actors)

·        7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20: Speak Easy (Billy Benner, 2011); Q&A with Billy Benner (producer, director, actor) and Mike Pagano (producer, cinematographer)

·        7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27: scenes from Go South for Animal Index (Chris King, work in progress); Q&A with Chris King (director) and Stefene Russell (poet, actor).

“George was acting in Poetry Scores’ movie Go South for Animal Index when he was diagnosed with the brain tumor that took him away from us, and as his condition worsened it became clear that our movie would be the last feature that George worked on,” said Chris King, creative director of Poetry Scores.

“I found that very moving and set about learning what other feature-length movies George had acted in, with the idea that they should all be screened as a group. Since George gave his time as an actor so freely, I thought it was important that all the screenings be free. Fortunately, the other directors all felt the same way – as did Jennifer Salci, the love of George’s life – and Mad Art donated their space for a month of Wednesdays.”

Though the screenings are free, Jennifer Salci is raising funds for a memorial for George Malich at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Donations for that effort will be accepted at all festival screenings.

For more information, contact Chris King at or 314-265-1435 or Jennifer Salci at

The Bunglers (2005)
Produced by Peter Noonan and Bradley Bowers
Directed by Megan Noonan and Lynn Josse
Written by Bradley Bowers
Featured players: Keith Savage and Bradley Bowers
With: George Malich, Ray Brewer and Amy Elz

George Malich as Dell in the movie The Bunglers.

George Malich plays Dell, a smarmy Serbian lounge owner who thinks he’s above the law. As the story’s antagonist, Dell is at the center of the heist plot and is convinced that due to technicalities he doesn’t have to pay up. This was George’s feature acting debut. His enthusiasm for exploring Dell’s character, as well as his thick Serbian accent, is a nice compliment to the gritty St. Louis City vibe that The Bunglers tries to carry off. Although his character plays on stereotypes of a new American business owner, there was an element of quirk and humanity that only George Malich could bring to the part. It was evident throughout the process of making The Bunglers that George had found his passion.

A: Anonymous (2006)
Produced by Daniel Bowers, Bradley Bowers, Rosy Regalado
Directed by Daniel Bowers
Written by Daniel Bowers
Starring  George Malich and Ray Brewer
With Sarah Jones, Peter Kruchowski and Roy Gokenbach

 George Malich as Gavin Tartowski and Ray Brewer as Benji in the movie A: Anonymous.

George Malich plays Gavin Tartowski, who has been called a quack, a cult-leader, and a barista who sees himself as a guru. Looking for a support group to help him with his compulsion to wear extremely tight pants, Gavin was turned away from 12-step programs like AA, NA and GA. “Why all the labels?" Gavin asks. "Why not put all problems under one umbrella? That is why I created A. I want to help people no matter what their challenges are.” The group's newest challenge is Benji (Ray Brewer), a troubled 35-year-old “huffer.” As the members struggle with Benji, they begin to work through their own inner demons and start to see the value in their lives. Although Tartowski's methods are less than orthodox, his ability to heal is indisputable.

Speak Easy (2011)
Produced by Billy Benner and Mike Pagano
Directed by Billy Benner
Written by Billy Benner
Starring Dick Pointer and George Malich

George Malich plays the only voice of reason in the cast of Speak Easy, which is based on Moliere's Tartuffe. Dick Pointer plays Barney Monroe, an old man who throws a party in his basement. The toilets clog up with no plunger to solve the problem. Meanwhile, a tenant tries to take over the house. One of George’s scene includes the longest urinating sequence ever filmed on video. During the scene, George tries to convince the nemesis that he has made very poor choices in life. “Waiting for approval from Guinness Book of World Records for Longest Pee Scene in history of cinema,” says writer/director Billy Benner. “May not have the approval before the festival in March.”



Scenes from Go South for Animal Index (in progress)
Produced by Poetry Scores
Directed by Chris King
Written by Stefene Russell and Chris King
Featured: Paul Casey, Stefene Russell, George Malich
With Ray Brewer, Thomas Crone, Sammich the Tramp

George Malich as the military chaplain in the movie
Go South for Animal Index.
George Malich plays the military chaplain assigned to Lost Almost, the fabled version of Los Alamos in this silent movie based on a poem by Stefene Russell (set to rock music). Soldiers guard scientists as they try to invent the atomic bomb, starting with uranium mined by zombies (or, as the poem would have it, “debased cogs that bear wheelbarrows packed full of lightning”). The hypocrisy of ministering to the spiritual needs of men who are inventing a weapon of mass destruction is a trial for the chaplain, who struggles with his faith – and with the moonshine whiskey going around Lost Almost. We will screen scenes that feature George Malich from a feature movie that is currently being edited; the festival program will be rounded out with 48 Hour Films featuring George Malich.

For more information, contact Chris King at or 314-265-1435 or Jennifer Salci at


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