’s Spotlight on the Arts features artists and organizations that have had an impact on the arts in Minnesota. If you are an artist or arts organization and would like to be profiled in our Spotlight, simply fill out our introductory form.

In this week’s Spotlight, we talked to filmmaker Richard Louprasong.

Tell us about your form of art, performance or work.
I am a Filmmaker. For 3 years, I have directed, produced and edited 40 plus projects in the Twin Cities. Most of the time, I find my work through freelancing as an Editor. I have collaborated with many people and clients around the metro area. Currently, I am producing a documentary called “Putting The Ribbon Back On” and a horror short film “Take Me to My Grave”.

Where and how can the general public view, participate in, or purchase your work?
Most of my work is international and can be seen online through my Vimeo or YouTube. Some projects have been submitted to different Film Festivals around the nation.

Tell us a little about your inspiration. What inspires you?
When it comes to my work, I usually listening to a lot of film scores to build my inspiration. It depends on the project. To me, music almost creates an arc for every project I’ve worked on. Especially when editing a film, you kind of need that to build emotion, to create the right pacing, and the sense of mood.

Tell us about one piece, work, or performance about which you are particularly proud?
I have so many projects out there. I really don’t know which one I would say I’m most proud of. One project that comes to mind would be the short film “Tomorrow’s Mourning” that I edited. It’s a film about a woman coping with her life after a miscarriage tied into spoken word. While filming, we ran into complications with the script because the script kept getting rewritten. Ultimately, the storyline changed and the director wasn’t happy since it wasn’t the original story. I had to put my “thinking” cap on. During editing, a lot of scenes were cut out and thrown on the cutting room floor. After hours of editing, we finished the film and came out with an awesome product. We were both pleased at the outcome of the film.

Anything else you’d like to share with us?
Aside from filmmaking, I do photography and a little bit of graphic design. I also like to sketch and paint.

Richard sent along this example of his editing work, The Boy with Green Eyes, a film based in 1968 about a boy learning to take pride of who he really is as a homosexual.

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Andy Birkey
Andy Birkey has written for a number of Minnesota and national publications. He founded Eleventh Avenue South which ran from 2002-2011, wrote for the Minnesota Independent from 2006-2011, the American Independent from 2010-2013. His writing has appeared in The Advocate, The Star Tribune, The Huffington Post, Salon, Cagle News Service, Twin Cities Daily Planet, TheUptake, and much more. His writing on LGBT issues, the religious right and social justice has won awards including Best Beat Reporting by the Online News Association, Best Series by the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and an honorable mention by the Sex-Positive Journalism awards.


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