March 15th, 2017
I am extremely pleased to announce that I am working on a new, feature-length documentary Czesiek about our departed friend Czeslaw Wodnicki, an accomplished Polish race car driver. Czeslaw participated in renown European races Monte Carlo and Acropolis along Sobieslaw Zasada, Zygmunt Wisniowski and Adam Wedrychowski. The film is in preliminary stages of production but I am delighted to write that I have already filmed an interview with Dr. Andrzej Kaminski, Czesiek's friend and the star of Krzysztof Kieslowski's 1977 documentary Hospital. I would like to express my gratitude to Zbigniew Semczyk, Czeslaw's closest friend and ally. Thanks to Zbigniew this film is gaining an incredible momentum and a meaningful inside to the last four decades of Czesiek's life in New York City.
I am working to secure time and efforts of Czeslaw's friends and colleagues, including Sobieslaw Zasada and Robert Kubica (who is believed to be Czesiek's relative) and others as well as his family in Poland. If you knew Czeslaw and would like to share a story, please reach out to me.
Thank You,
Rick Bak
P.S. I would like to thank the following individuals for their generous contribution for the project: Magdalena Araszkiewicz, Mariusz Bak, Gary DiPasquale, Robert DiScalfani, Jadwiga Gabryszewska, Zbigniew Semczyk, Barbara Stange and Jolanta Szymanska.
Update, November 5th, 2017

History has been recorded! Three times European Rally Champion, eleven times Poland's Rally Champion and winner of 148 car races, Sobieslaw Zasada met with me in Krakow to reflect on his friend Czeslaw Wodnicki. Thank you Mr. Zasada!

Rick Bak and Sobiesław Zasada in Krakow. October 25th, 2017. Photo: Robert Discalfani.

Update, August 12th, 2017

Yesterday I met with Zbigniew Semczyk, Czesiek's closest friend for almost four decades. During our long conversation Zbigniew offered his unmatched perspective on Mr. Wodnicki's life. Thank you Zbyszek!

From left to right: Rick Bak, Zbigniew Semczyk and Robert Discalfani, director of photography.

Update, June 26th, 2017

Czesiek postcard is here! If you would like to receive this fabulous postcard please email me your name and address and I will be glad to send it anywhere in the world! The picture was taken during the Acropolis Rally, Greece in 1966. Inside Steyr Puch 650TR: Czeslaw Wodnicki and Adam Wędrychowski.
Update, May 26th, 2017
It gave me much joy to create the artwork for the t-shirt. Based on original photographs from 1966 Acropolis Rally in Greece, I hope the drawing captures the bumpy and winding roads that Mr. Wodnicki took in his life!
Update, May 21st, 2017
Another remarkable day of filming! Yesterday, Mr. Jan Żyliński and myself had a long chat about his years of friendship with Czeslaw Wodnicki. Thank you! 

In the front of Polish & Slavic Center in Brooklyn, NY where Mr. Żyliński and Czesiek met many years ago.
Photo: Robert DiScalfani.

Update, May 13th, 2017
After a conversation with Czesiek's friend Jerry in his car repair shop. 
Both men shared passion for cars. Czesiek loved them and Jerry still fixes automobiles!

Jurek "Jerry" Zarzycki and Rick Bak. Long Island City, NY. Photo: Robert DiScalfani.

Update, May 4th, 2017
Last evening I met with Zygmunt Wiśniowski, the icon of car racing for an insightful conversation about Czesław Wodnicki.
Thank you Zygmunt for your stories and time! 

Zygmunt Wiśniowski reflects on his friend Czeslaw Wodnicki. Director of Photography: Robert DiScalfani.

Update, April 29th, 2017
On April 22nd Polish weekly Nowy Dziennik, inspired by my film idea, published an article Lonely Death Of A Rider about Czeslaw Wodnicki and the upcoming film Czesiek
Click here for on-line version of the article (in Polish). 
For English translation please follow this link.

Polish riders participating in the 14th Acropolis Rally (1966): From left to right: Adam Wędrychowski, Czeslaw Wodnicki, Ewa Zasada, Andrzej Nytko and Zenon Leszczuk.

Update, March 12th, 2017
Today, during my first interview for Czesiek, Dr. Andrzej Kaminski, Mr. Wodnicki's close friend, chronicled his friendship with Czeslaw.

Dr. Andrzej Kaminski in his office in Greenpoint, NY. Director of Photography: Jeffrey Akers.

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