Private Project

The Pin

When the boss’s son harasses the openly gay receptionist, a closeted mechanic must choose between workplace complicity or standing up for his co-worker.

  • Randy Caspersen
    Dolls, Toward the Blue, Go Penguins!, Sylvia's Spell
  • Kim Likier
  • Kim Likier
  • Jared Mack
    Key Cast
  • Mehmet Askoy
    Key Cast
  • Nick Benz
    Key Cast
  • Alys Dickerson
    Key Cast
  • Randy Caspersen
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    16 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 1, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital Video
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Reel Affirmations: Washington DC's International LGBTQ Film Festival 2017
    Washington, DC
    United States
    August 5, 2017
    Official Selection (Part of "Taste of Studio")
  • STAMPED: Pensacola LGBT Film Festival 2018
    Pensacola, FL
    United States
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Randy Caspersen

Randy Caspersen (MFA in Film & Video Production, Columbia College Chicago) is an Assistant Professor in the Media Studies area in the Department of Communication at Northern Illinois University (NIU) where he teaches television & video production and narrative screenwriting. His short films and videos, which often deal with themes of gender and sexual orientation, have played in over seventy film festivals on five different continents. In addition, several of his films have received distribution internationally. Before his academic career, he worked in Los Angeles in television production for nine years. He has just finished a feature-length documentary, Go Penguins!, that was shot with a crew of NIU graduate and undergraduate media students about DeKalb’s Penguin Project, a theatre troupe that helps children and young adults with disabilities play the lead roles in a Broadway-style musical. The Pin, a short narrative film about a closeted mechanic, was written and produced by an NIU graduate student and crewed with undergraduate students.

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