Rafal Zielinski is an independent filmmaker He is best known for directing films such as 'Fun', 'Ginger Ale Afternoon', 'Hey Babe!', Hangman's Curse, Downtown: A Street Tale, National Lampoon's Last Resort and the "King of the B Movies" Roger Corman produced Screwballs and its several sequels. He studied under filmmaker Richard Leacock, one of the pioneers of Direct Cinema and Cinéma Vérité at MIT, where he graduated with a B.S. in Art and Design. On several of his independent films he is credited both as a director, producer and writer and on occasion as "Rafael Zelinsky" and/or "Rafal Haimovitz".
His early years were spent in Eastern Europe. Born of a Polish father, an engineer and a pioneer in pre-fabricated housing, and mother of Jewish roots, an architect, his childhood was spend in several countries where his father worked for the Ford Foundation. While in grade-school he travelled several times around the world and gained a global perspective, an 8mm camera always at his eye. He was schooled in North America, the Middle East and the Orient.
During high-school he attended Stowe School in England where he received the Duke of Edinburgh Award enabling him to make his first documentary film about the temples in Southern India.