Jarek Kupsc wrote, directed, starred in and is distributing the first theatrical, dramatic production (it's first screening was in New York City) which deals with an alternative explanation for 9/11.">
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Bonanno Interviews Jarek Kupsc, Director, Writer and Star of "The Reflecting Pool" – Part I

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On August 22, I interviewed Jarek Kupsc (pronounce Yá-duck Coops), the man who wrote, directs and stars in the first theatrical presentation of an alternative theory of what happened on September 11, 2001.  The movie is called “The Reflecting Pool” and co-stars Joseph Culp, son of well known actor Robert Culp and an actor of stage and screen in his own write.  Culp, along with Kupsc’s wife, Jodie Baltazar, was a major producer of “The Reflecting Pool” as well.


I’ll lift the short descriptor of the movie right from the DVD box:

“An investigation of the 9/11 events by a Russian-American journalist implicates the US government in the attacks. 

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Alex Prokop (Jarek Kupsc), a successful journalist, received a rare 9/11 videotape revealing new information about the day of the attacks.  The footage was sent by Paul Cooper (Joseph Culp), a driven researcher whose daughter died on 9/11.  Sensing a good story, Prokop travels with Cooper to New York and Washington, D. C., where they uncover suppressed information about the attacks and their aftermath.  As Cooper introduces Prokop to key eye-witnesses, the façade of the “official story” begins to crumble.”


I could include where and when the movie is being screened, how successful it’s been so far and many other facts that one usually finds in an intro to an interview.  However, I can assure you that, after interviewing Kupsc for an hour and twenty minutes, everything that one usually finds in an intro is covered and covered rather thoroughly.


Due to the length of the interview, I’m publishing it in four parts.

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The interview’s audio was recorded and a link to that recording was supposed to accompany this article.  Unfortunately, after spending well over twenty hours attempting to fix an unbearably poor quality audio, I came to the conclusion that listening to the audio would have been a negative experience, so I decided to leave it out.


But enough with the amateur techno version of Murphy’s Law.  Here’s Part I of the transcript.


Bonanno: One thing that OpEdNews readers might want to know about you is a little bit about your background, both as an activist and a filmmaker.


Kupsc: Well, my film adventure, if you will, started in high school in Poland where I grew up.  I was born and raised in Warsaw, Poland.   I started making Super 8 movies in high school, as a 16 year old and I always wanted to follow this passion into creating some kind of a career in films for myself.


I left the country in ’85 and came to The United States in ’87.  I worked my way through college and film school and acting school, several acting schools as a matter of fact.  “The Reflecting Pool” is my third feature film.  I have shot two other feature films before that, “Recoil” and “Slumberland”.  I usually – exclusively, I should say, work in low budget formats, totally independent of the system, the Hollywood system or the independent movie world.  I have no desire at this point to branch out into Hollywood.


Although I do live in LA, I live in Koreatown which is probably the cheapest area where you can find a decent place to live.  I’m staying there with my wife, Jodie Baltazar, producer and cinematographer of “The Reflecting Pool”, and our 5 year old child, Caspar.

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So, to wrap this up, this intro, I have a degree in writing and directing from San Francisco State University.  Again, I studied acting at the same school as well as various workshops, one of which was conducted by Joseph Culp in Venice, California.  I took this acting workshop around 2005.


About a year into the workshop, I started developing the screenplay for “The Reflecting Pool”, which I subsequently brought into the workshop.  I started working on scenes from the script with other writers and actors.  There were five drafts of the script.  It started shaping up into its final form which you can see on the screen, through the participation of Joseph Culp’s workshop.


Subsequently I asked Joseph if he would want to portray one of the leading characters as well as to produce.

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