Michael Caplan is an independent film director, producer & teacher. He is currently in post production on a feature length documentary on the Chicago writer, Nelson Algren. His most recent film, A Magical Vision, is 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 and Associate Chair of the Film & Video Department at Columbia College Chicago.