Homecoming Partay! Springfield, IL - here we come (in January). by Jessica Bursi

I am thrilled to announce that Meet Uncle Paul will have its Land of Lincoln premiere at the Springfield Art Association on Wednesday, January 9th at 7pm.

The screening will take place at SAA’s Preview Party for the annual Molly Schlich Independent | International Film Series. The event is free and open to the public and will feature trailers from the awesome upcoming Film Series line-up as well as the Illinois premiere of Meet Uncle Paul - complete with a q&a.


This is wonderful because:

1) Springfield is Paul, and Susie & Lee’s home and it was here that the film was shot by Josh Hester of Springfield’s Storyteller Studios (if you have a story to tell in Springfield, talk to Josh!).

2) I believe in the power of seeing films on the big screen - especially critically acclaimed worldly gems that might not otherwise be seen outside of New York and Los Angeles. And Springfield Art Association has provided just that through their Molly Schlich Independent | International Film Series. I kinda did my own version of film school with their 1998 line-up (can we talk about how great Smoke Signals is, please?!

In short, this screening will be a true homecoming for the muvie and I hope all our friends can join us!

To learn more about the evening & the entire series, please click here.

In Tucson as it is in Heaven! by Jessica Bursi

Following the Milwaukee Film Festival, I journeyed to Arizona where Meet Uncle Paul had a private Tucson premiere at the residence of one Nate & Stacy with the Uncle Paul Fan Club.

A great time was had by all! Thanks to my friends for making it an extra special trip!!

PS - props to The Loft, Tucson’s own arthouse cinema celebrating their 10th Annual Festival. As is often the case - I picked my festival experience with what was available at a specific time and wound up seeing the heartwarming and excellent BECOMING ASTRID, a biopic about Astrid Lindgren, beloved author of the Pippi Longstocking books and many other tales.

At the Loft, I also enjoyed a very delicious can of peach sangria and am now kicking myself for not taking a picture of the label. I didn’t want people to think I was taking a picture of my trash. Lesson learned: who cares :).

Meet Uncle Paul World Premiere! by Jessica Bursi

Meet Uncle Paul ’s Susie & Lee + ME! + Composer Lawton Hall

Meet Uncle Paul’s Susie & Lee + ME! + Composer Lawton Hall

Meet Uncle Paul had its world premiere at the Milwaukee Film Festival on Monday, October 29, 2018.

I was so very excited to have Mom & Dad (Susie & Lee) attend the screening along with family (Uncle Jimmy and Aunt Michele & my beloved siblings & their spouses) + my Milwaukee crew - Carol Brandt (editor), Lawton Hall (composer), and Hannah Christensen (assistant editor), and 500+ other audience members!!

It was slightly nerve-wracking (thanks for the xanax, Mom :), but more so a truly rewarding experience to watch the film with such a large & appreciative audience. They seemed to laugh at the right moments and I even heard some sniffles!


The festival itself was another excellent year - 15 days of 300+ films (47% directed by women!!!) shown all around the city. I’ve detailed below some of my favorites:

PET NAMES (d. Carol Brandt (yes, our dear Carol Brandt) — sweet intimate story also known as “exes go camping” written by and starring rising talent Meredith Johnston with a winning co-performance by Rene Cruz and one of the biggest starts of this Milwaukee Film Festival (or any for that matter), Chato the pug.

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WRESTLE (d. Suzannah Herbert) - True text from my mom writing from my cousin Anthony’s wedding: “Miss you! I’ve got information on Anthony’s friends who has a documentary showing at MFF called Wrestle and her name is Suzannah Herbert. She’s an editor and director like Carol Brandt. She’ll be at the festival from the 28th to the 31st.” Cut to October 28-31: Suzannah and I became fast friends and her film, a year in the life of an Alabama high school wrestling team, is phenomenal - tough, heartwarming, uplifting, and smart. Be on the lookout!

Milwaukee Music Video Show - my pal Kristin Peterson Kaszubowski directed a music video for one of the most talented Milwaukee musicians around, Amanda Huff. The result won our $5,000 juried Music Video Prize and it’s incredible. Please watch.

Meet Uncle Paul is coming to Milwaukee! by Jessica Bursi

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Big Screen Premiere!

Meet Uncle Paul will have its world premiere at the 2018 Milwaukee Film Festival!

I am so beyond thrilled to share this movie with the whole wide world (and to show it on the big screen at the Oriental Theatre)!

The film will be featured as part of the Milwaukee Show II on Monday, October 29 at 7pm at the Oriental Theatre.

Six-packs of tickets are available here. Individual tickets on sale to the public on October 3.

Meet Uncle Paul by Jessica Bursi

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Meet Uncle Paul

The Man of the Hour

Here is what you will find when you meet my Uncle Paul:

He is 63 years young.

He loves bowling, Daylight Savings, and the Weather Channel.

He is one of the biggest connoisseurs of American pop culture. Like ever.

He lives with Down syndrome and now dementia, but neither slows him down like you might expect.

He is not a perfect human being (but close).

Paul's love and friendship has transformed the lives of those around him.

By being himself (and Mike Nesmith, Walker Texas Ranger, Sarah Connor, etc) - he has challenged perceptions and expanded the hearts and minds of family, friends, and strangers alike.

It is my hope that by watching this movie - and meeting Uncle Paul...

He'll do the same for you.