HumanDocs celebrates eclipse with late-night screening of Chasing Shadows on Sunday, Aug. 20

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Lipscomb University’s annual HumanDocs film series kicks-off the 2017-18 season with a special late-night screening of Chasing Shadows at 10 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 20 in Shamblin Theatre. The screening, which is free and open to the public, will be held in honor of the total solar eclipse that will pass through Nashville at 1:27 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 21.

The 60-minute documentary follows young astronomer Geoff Sims as he seeks to capture the perfect eclipse, with his travels taking him from the plains of Africa to the icescapes of Svalbard, Norway. Chasing Shadows blends the facts of science with the emotion and spirituality of one person's passionate pursuit of an intriguing natural phenomenon.

Ted Parks, associate professor of foreign languages and director of Lipscomb’s HumanDocs film series, says this HumanDocs late-night special offers the Lipscomb community a unique chance to reflect on the deeper meaning of the eclipse.

“What's fun about Chasing Shadows is that it's a story – the narrative of a person whose passion is experiencing and documenting solar eclipses,” said Parks. “While viewers will learn a lot about the phenomenon itself, they will also learn about the personal journeys of astronomer Geoff Sims and the people closest to him. Beyond scientific facts, Chasing Shadows invites important questions about life like why are we interested in what we're interested in and how do natural phenomena impact us emotionally and spiritually?”

Entering its ninth year, HumanDocs is a series of social-justice documentaries at Lipscomb University. The series emerged from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences’ desire to help students think critically about pressing social issues, and to do so from a perspective of faith.  

The HumanDocs Film series is presented in partnership with the Nashville Film Festival and the Lipscomb Honors College. A special partnership with Lipscomb’s LIGHT program, a quality enhancement plan to create awareness of and encouraging the global mindset of the Lipscomb community, has made possible the screening of Chasing Shadows.

On Monday, Aug. 21, the LIGHT program will host a series of events on campus including an eclipse viewing party from noon to 2 p.m. on the lawn at Burton Science Center. Various colleges will also set-up booths across campus with giveaways for eclipse watchers to enjoy.

HumanDocs will continue its series on Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m. in Lipscomb’s Ward Hall.

For more information on this event, contact Ted Parks at or at 615.966.6616.