Michael Caplan is an independent film director, producer & teacher. He recently premiered a feature length documentary about the writer Nelson Algren, entitled ALGREN at the Chicago International Film Festival. In 2008, he released A Magical Vision, a feature length documentary that spotlights Eugene Burger, a magician and guru of the magical arts, which has shown in festivals from Chicago to India and won an Audience Award at the Spirit Enlightened Film Festival. Caplan also directed Stones from the Soil, a documentary on his father that showed on national PBS in 2005. He is an Associate Professor in Cinema Art + Science at Columbia College Chicago.