Plants, Prayers and Pollinators: An Evening Of Films by Randy Caspersen

Thursday, September 5 at 8 PM

Doors 7:30 pm; FREE ADMISSION!


Join us for a special presentation of newer & evergreen short films by visiting Midwestern filmmaker Randy Caspersen.  In addition to showing his latest project Plants, Prayers & Pollinators, an activist documentary about a rural community who create a pollinator garden and monarch waystation behind their church, Caspersen will show experimental, documentary, and narrative shorts from his career that mix film and video formats while exploring personal themes of gender, sexuality, identity, family history, memory, and childhood.  Caspersen is especially looking forward to showing Toward the Blue, an autobiographical film short he made about leaving Los Angeles which was inspired by the Super 8 film work he saw going on at the Echo Park Film Center. 

Randy Caspersen received a BFA in Film & Video production from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an MFA in Film & Video Production from Columbia College Chicago. His short films and videos, which often deal with themes of gender and sexual orientation, have received international distribution and have played in over 75 film festivals. His feature-length documentary Go Penguins!, about a theatre troupe that helps children and young adults with disabilities play the lead roles in a Broadway-style musical, has won several national awards.  He is currently working on three films: Plants, Prayers & Pollinators (see above); Resurrecting Eileen, an autobiographical documentary about the filmmaker’s mysterious grandmother; 12 Inches: The Life of a Male Fashion Doll, a queer narrative short.  He is on sabbatical for the fall semester of 2019 from his job as an Associate Professor in the Media Studies area at Northern Illinois University where he teaches television & video production and narrative screenwriting. Before his academic career, he worked for nine years in Los Angeles in television production.

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