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View documentary and meet the director at Peru screening

The public can view the film documentary “Algren” and meet filmmaker and director Michael Caplan during a screening hosted by NCI ARTworks at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at the Westclox ARTworks Center in the west wing of the Westclox building, 400 Fifth St., Peru. The screening will be followed by a discussion of the film with Caplan.

“We are honored to have Michael Caplan join us at the Westclox ARTworks Center,” said Chris Coughlin, president of NCI ARTworks, in a news release. “His experience in the making of 'Algren' and, in fact, his work as an independent filmmaker in general will be of great interest to documentary film enthusiasts in our region.”

The film explores the life and legacy of American writer, novelist, poet and journalist Nelson Algren, who grew up in Chicago and received the first National Book Award for “The Man with the Golden Arm,” which also was made into a film in 1955. 

The documentary premiered at the Chicago International Film Festival in 2014.

Caplan is a Chicago-based independent film director and producer. He also is an associate professor in the Cinema and Television Arts Department at Columbia College Chicago. He wrote and directed "A Magical Vision," a film focusing on Eugene Burger, the internationally acclaimed magician, philosopher and guru of the magical arts. He also wrote and directed "Stones from the Soil," a film about his father’s escape from the Nazis, that aired on national PBS.  

Caplan currently is producing "Microcosm," a documentary television series that showcases the ocean in a new way: from the previously unexplored perspective of the microuniverse. He also produced three feature films, including "The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me."

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