Passion = Truth? How Jeffrey James Francis Ircink Sees The World? I love when people are passionate about something. That surging of emotion is the one honest measure of what truth is. It's a truthful display of how a person really feels about something or someone at that particular moment. That passion IS truth.

About me...

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Greendale, Wisconsin, United States
Ex-producer of THE REALLY FUNNY HORNY GOAT INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL, playwright, actor, singer, outdoorsman, blogger, amateur photog, observer & bitcher, Beach Boys groupie, Brett Favre fanatic, lover of everything Celtic and forever a member in the Tribe of HAIR. Spent most of my life in the Village of Waterford, a small town just outside of the Milwaukee suburbs. After 12 years in North Hollywood, Bel Air and Culver City, Cali, I moved back to Wisconsin in September 2009. No regrets - of moving to LA OR moving back to WI. Have traveled to Belfast, Ireland, Dayton (OH), Manhattan, Seattle, Cedar Rapids, New York, Miami and Sydney, Australia with my plays. Moved back into the Village of Greendale where I was born. Life is good.


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Postcards from Cali-weird #69! PASS THE SALT, PLEASE wins Jury Award at Palm Springs!

Our short film, PASS THE SALT, PLEASE, had its North American premiere at the Palm Springs International ShortFest Film Festival and it was a pretty wonderful experience. AND - we won an award! Jury Award, Special Citation - Best OnScreen Pairing. Cool. That's me (the writer) and our director, Tatjana Najdanovic, pictured above. My first time seeing the film on the big screen - along with brother Jason and Greg Nowak (my Uncle Bob's brother). Also, one of our executive producers, actress Radha Mitchell, was in attendance, along with our actress, Fionnula Flanagan. Very rewarding. Click on READ MORE! for a few more shots. What's next? The Big Sur International Film Festival screening of our flick this Thursday. See you there?

Jason, Tat, me and Greg at one of the after-parties.

Tat and I before the screening.

Me, Tat, and actress Radha Mitchell, one of our executive producers. The audience absolutely loved the film.

Radha, Tat and our actress, Fionnula Flanagan.

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...just an observation.

Vanessa Knutsen skipped ahead of me and another guy while we were in line at the bar during the wrap-party for the Palm Springs International ShortFest Film Festival.

Just an observation.

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Friday, June 24, 2011

TGIS! presents...The Babys' "Isn't It Time"!

My brother's a John Waite fan. So is Donovan (in Tujunga). FB users click here.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011 features PASS THE SALT, PLEASE director.

Tatjana Najdanovic, the director of our short film, PASS THE SALT, PLEASE, is featured in this story on up and coming female directors.

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Postcards from Cali-weird #33! Fruity silly!

My goddaugther, Gwyneth (top) and sister Grace playing with their food.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

"Welcome to CALI-FOR-NI-A!"

Brother Jas and I are headed to Cali...tonite. Visit some family, some friends, my goddaughter, take in some wine, see our short film at festivals in Palm Springs and Big Sur. You know... "Beach Boys" stuff. Hey...there's The Beach Boys right there (above). I think they're welcoming us to their homestate. Click on this link, then put your cursor over the first song that comes up on top of the  Grooveshark site, and you'll see the play arrow on the left of the title...hit it!

See ya in July! And watch for my blog posts, "Postcards from Cali-weird"!

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Monday, June 20, 2011

PASS THE SALT, PLEASE heading to LA ShortsFest!

That's logo's from last year. It's July 21-29. Los Angeles. My old stomping grounds for 12 years. The largest short film festival in the world. And PTSP will be there. If you haven't seen our Kickstarter promotion trailer, click here. If you're keeping count (like we are), that's 5 for 7 film festivals thus far.

Here's the LA ShortsFest website. TEAM SALT rules!!!

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FOOLS eat too, you know!

The cast of FOOL FOR LOVE (minus Derek, who had to run home)...lunching between the matinee and our last show this past Saturday. Left to right:  Bethany Erin Peters, Alex Grindeland, Gracie Lee, Aaron Kopec & Erica Case, owners of The Alchemist Theatre in Bayview, WI and me.

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Happy Birthday, Brian!

Brian Wilson, co-founder of The Beach Boys. Happy, happy day, BW. I love you and your music. Peace & Good Vibrations!

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Flower power. Ircink-style.

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Happy Father's Day, Pop!

My dad, last June, with sisters, Aunt Ruth (left) and Aunt Ev. He's smiling (that's a rarity).

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Saturday, June 18, 2011

me & the gov'na!

"Hey Scott, was that you or George Mauer who helped me put the minnows in Jack Saunders' toilet?"

Got a chance to "catch up" with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Thursday evening at Badger Boys State in Ripon. Scott and I...Governor Walker, that is...are both former BBS'ers and former counselors together for 3 or 4 years in Carpenter County. It's been at least 20 years since we'd seen each other...but you woulda thought it was yesterday. Some awful good memories. Awful good.

Sure he's governor, which made the moment all the more surreal. But it wouldn't have mattered what he was doing in life. It was just good to see him. To me, he still looks like he did back in the mid-80's. I guess he always will. We whispered a few things privately to each other while the photogs snapped their pictures. Short - but sweet. I told him we've gotta get together privately - and reminisce. I hope we do. Being governor makes it tough. We'll figure it out.

I'm proud of you, Scott. Very proud. Boys Staters through and through.

(Photo by Louis Bock or Tom Knox, one of the two - both BBS photographers)

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Watcher of the garden.

My dad and brother came over the other day and finished planting the vegetable garden. Ircink co-op style. We got two types of squash, canteloupe, cauliflower, two types of cucumbers, sweet banana peppers, string beans, two types of cabbage and 27 cherry and Fourth of July tomatoes. Still need to plant green peppers. Ran out of room for the pumpkins.

I think that about does it. Oh...and some sorghum. For decoration.

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People of Earth: Wake up!

An opinion piece in the Thursday, June 9 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel by New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman left me thinking, "WHEN is it too late to right this ship - the ship called Earth?".

Overpopulated, oversaturated, depleting, deteriorating, high gas prices, high food prices, civil conflict, waste, want, blah-bity, blah, blah, blah, etc. Many give these issues little consideration. We live in the here and now. "Not in my lifetime", as the old adage says. I know - global warming. I'm on the fence with that one. But consider this:  with all the crap humanity is desposing off into and on Mother Earth...well, that can't help her, can it? Mother Earth?

What about the lifetimes of the future peoples of this planet? Consider what we eat - food shortages, chemicals pumped into everything from soybeans to cattle and the like, you can't eat this now 'cause it contains this crap that'll make you grow goat hooves. What will Earth's inhabitants eat in the future, for example? The moon?

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Tatjana on the red carpet at Sydney!

Our short film, PASS THE SALT, PLEASE (based on my short play of the same name), had it's world premiere Saturday at the Sydney International Film Festival and our esteemed director, Tatjana Najdanovic, was there in all her glory walking the red carpet. Tat gave an introductory speech before a packed house and all went off without a hitch. Tat said the theater was in stitches the entire time. ;) We have one more showing on Saturday, June 19. Then it's on to the Palm Springs International ShortFest Film Festival and the Big Sur International Film Festival in late June.

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Saturday, June 11, 2011

FOOL FOR LOVE after-show shenanigans!

Great show last night at The Alchemist Theatre in Bayview. What an honor for me...none of these people have seen me in a full stage production. Left to right:  Tina (my best friend from h.s.) and her mom, Judy, me, Aunt Ev & Uncle Bob Nowak (dad's youngest sister), Joe Nowak and his lady, Ashley, and Tani, my Aunt Ev's childhood friend from Muskego.

Didn't want the evening to end. Come to the here for ticket information. We run this weekend and close on June 18th. Interesting sidestory...the Nowak's bumped into their friends from Grafton who had read the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel review and scooped up tickets pronto. The gentleman (or "guy") said we should do our show at the Milwaukee Rep (ha) AND this couple's son married Jessica Lange's niece - Lange has been partnered with the FOOL FOR LOVE playwright/actor Sam Shepard for decades. Small world.

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4 laurels and counting.

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Friday, June 10, 2011

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Siberian Iris in bloom.

Just a damn pretty flower.

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PASS THE SALT, PLEASE official selection to Palm Springs International ShortFest Film Festival!

That's 3 for 4 - Sydney International Film Festival, Big Sur International Film Festival and this one. I'm attending. Never been to Palm Springs (in the 12 years that I lived in Los Angeles). Our film will premiere on Saturday, June 25 at 7:30 pm. Any takers?

Here's the Palm Springs website. The complete film schedule will be on the site June 11th and tickets will go on sale on the 14th.

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Sunday, June 5, 2011

The Mighty Rainbow's back!

That means the Rainbow Flowage water levels were back to the way they were 4-5 years ago. Last year, the shoreline was a good 150 yards from the end of that pier. And pretty good weather (first two days were windy). Fish just weren't biting. Nerts! Click on READ MORE! for some candids from our recent walleye fishing trip on the Rainbow Flowage in Lake Tomahawk, Wisconsin! 

"It's a new way to tie a jig - and it really works!"

A few drinks after golfing. Left to right: Dave, Jason, Uncle Fran and Bruce.

Jason eating the moon. (That was his nickname on my dad's side when he was kid - "Moon")

Enjoy more libations after golfing.


Who is that? Jason? Uncle Fran?

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New FOOLS meet old FOOLS.

FOOL FOR LOVE cast at Riverside Theatre in Iowa City 1997, left to right: Christie Katol (MAY), Levy Lee Simon (EDDIE), Jeffrey James Ircink (MARTIN), Luis Sierra (THE OLD MAN).

FOOL FOR LOVE cast at The Alchemist Theatre in Bayview (Milwaukee) 2011, left to right: Bethany Ligocki Peters (MAY), Alex Grindeland (EDDIE), Derek Burton Morris (EDDIE), Jeffrey James Ircink (THE OLD MAN).

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Saturday, June 4, 2011


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Friday, June 3, 2011

Happy Birthday, Andy!

One of my favorite all-time TV shows. Andy (right) turns 85 today!

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