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MEMORY FILMS: CREATING PERSONAL NARRATIVES WITH FAMILY, FOOTAGE, PHOTOS and MORE.

A 2-Day Workshop: Saturday, September 7 and Sunday, September 8

10 AM to Noon each day; FREE!

This workshop has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

Learn how to develop and create personal narratives about your family with this workshop that explores autobiographical filmmaking, best practices for finding and archiving family media, and methods for creating new footage with and for all the generations of your loved ones.  This class is open to students of all skill levels and ages.

Filmmaker Randy Caspersen will offer a 2-day workshop at the Echo Park Film Center.  The first day of the workshop will focus on examples of autobiographical filmmaking process and examples of Caspersen’s family films will be shown including part of his upcoming film Resurrecting Eileen.  The second day will feature activities in which students work independently and collaboratively to develop and present their own family narratives using methods presented.  The goal is for students to leave with a vision for a media project that they will make about their family’s rich stories.

Biography: 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 seventy 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, an activist documentary about a rural community who create a pollinator garden and monarch waystation behind their church; Resurrecting Eileen, an experimental autobiographical documentary about the filmmaker’s mysterious grandmother; The Life of a Twelve-Inch Male Fashion Doll, a queer narrative short.  He is currently 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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