• From Lowlands, a dream of Catharina Vermeer

This Thursday at 6 PM Columbia College will present three short films by Peter Thompson—the diptych Universal Hotel (1986) and Universal Citizen (1987) and the 2009 featurette Lowlands—at the campus screening room at 1104 S. Wabash, with Thompson in attendance. If you’re a longtime reader of the Reader, you may have learned about him from Jonathan Rosenbaum’s laudatory essays about his work that appeared in our pages over the years. Rosenbaum, who will introduce Thursday’s program with Columbia Film & Video Department chair Bruce Sheridan, has called this local director (who’s also a professor of photography at Columbia) “the most original and important Chicago filmmaker you’ve never heard of,” and he’s described Thompson’s films as “troubled and troubling meditations on history and epic efforts of research and retrieval, concerned simultaneously with entire lives and fleeting experiences.”