NORTHERN LIGHT PRODUCTIONS
Northern Light Productions is one of the most respected and well known independent film companies in America – dedicated to produce motion pictures which inspire, educate and aim to lift the quality of life on our planet. For 30 years Northern Light Productions has been creating award-winning compelling non-fiction films for worldwide television broadcast with an extensive proven track record of creating programs for specific audiences.
NLP has earned their sterling reputation as an innovative and visionary producer of documentaries through their commitment to understand and respect the complex nature of culture, history, science, arts, humanities, spirituality and the delicate balancing act required to tell stories accurately in engaging ways.
NLP enjoys long standing relationships with clients which include PBS, the BBC, HBO, Discovery Channel, History Channel, the Smithsonian Museum, Holocaust Museum, Ford’s Theater Center, Yellowstone National Park, 9 11 Museum, JFK Presidential Library, Harvard Business School, Invest in Rwanda and the African Burial National Monument. NLP's award winning motion pictures include Weapons of Mass Disruption, Dhamma Brothers, Killer Poet and To Breathe As One.
Many of NLP's television films have become iconic including Confessions of the Boston Strangler(Discovery) Whitey Bulger (Discovery), The Shroud of Turin (National Geographic), Spear of Christ (History Channel), Midnight Ramble on American Experience (PBS) and Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison (PBS) .
When Northern Light Productions creates a new documentary it is guaranteed to raise consciousness and map the glorious consequences of Truth.
Bestor Cram - Executive Director
Bestor has over twenty years of experience as a director, producer and cinematographer. In 1982, Bestor founded Northern Light Productions which, under his direction, has produced over fifty major films, ranging from broadcast documentaries to historical, dramatic, and educational works. His broadcast credits include the Sundance Film Festival selections Unfinished Symphony, and You Don’t Know Dick, the Emmy nominated Discovery Channel special, the HBO special Mumia Abu-Jamal: A Case for Reasonable Doubt?, the PBS/BBC series China in the Red, the 1995 Documentary Academy Award winner Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision and the PBS American Experience series Mary Pickford, Eleanor Roosevelt, Oscar Micheaux and The History of Race Movies. Bestor is a member of the International Quorum of Film and Video.
Susan Gray - Director/Producer
Susan is the winner of the Prix Europa (Europe’s “Academy Award” for her documentary “Citizen Berlusconi”). Susan Gray is an award-winning producer/director/writer with extensive experience producing for public television and cable in the United States and abroad, working on projects that have aired on PBS, National Geographic Channel, Animal Planet, Channel 4 England, Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, Arte, NHK and more. Selected credits include, Killer Poet (2007),The Prime Minister and the Press: Citizen Berlusconi (2003) on Italy’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, and Public Enemy (1999), a portrait of four Black Panthers today. She has an MA in Journalism from Columbia University School of Journalism and an MA in International Relations and International Economics from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Andrew Kukura - Editor
Andrew Kukura has produced work for the Utah Natural History Museum and the Boston National Historical Park. Andy edited numerous feature length documentaries including To Breathe as One and The Spear of Christ for the History Channel series, Decoding the Past and produced and edited dozens of complex multi-screen presentations including the George Catlin video presentation for the Smithsonian American Art Museum. He was producer and editor of A Walk with the Presidents audio tour of Washington D.C., The American Presidency exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and presentations for the Jimmy Carter Boyhood Home National Historic Site in Plains, Georgia. Andy just finished editing The Dhamma Brothers, a feature documentary which was recently selected for a two year run on OWN: THE OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK.