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NIU grad assistant to debut new documentary

April 15, 2011
Matt Zingale

Matt Zingale

NIU Media Studies graduate assistant Matthew Zingale will premier his new documentary film, “Product of Society [the film],” at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at The House Café in downtown DeKalb.

“Product of Society [the film]” follows the progress of independent comic book writer Jon Michael Lennon as he struggles with finishing a new publication in time for Chicago Comic-Con 2010.

Zingale and Lennon became friends nearly 17 years ago while in middle school. He says the thought of creating a documentary about Lennon’s endeavor came to him while contemplating his thesis project for graduate school.

“I was struggling coming up with ideas and my mind went straight to him,” Zingale says. “Besides having a famous name which he’s had to deal with his whole life, he’s a very humorous and interesting artist.”

Zingale co-directed the short documentary “Running on Empty,” which screened at the Middlewest Music and Arts Festival and NIU’s Reality Bytes Independent Student Film Festival. This is Zingale’s first full-length documentary.

For more information about the film, visit