Bestor Cram


Director, Producer & Cinematographer
Northern Light Productions

Bestor Cram has over 25 years of experience as a director, producer and cinematographer.  He founded Northern Light Productions in 1982, and under his direction the company has produced and directed scores of films, including signature films and interpretive media for venues where visitors come to learn and enjoy in a museum-style setting.

Bestor began his career as a cinematographer and continues to film on a regular basis. His work has included collaborations in multi-screen image presentations, international co-productions for television, and numerous permanent museum installations. His cinematography credits include the theatrically released feature documentaries After Innocence, and Wrestling with Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner, the Emmy nominated Discovery Channel special Mysteries of the Sea: Freak Waves, 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 on Eleanor Roosevelt. As a cinematographer, Bestor has filmed and videotaped for all the major networks:  ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, BBC and CBC.

Two-shotOne of Bestor’s special interests is music, and his recent work includes directing, co-producing, and filming the PBS documentary Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison, which examines the most important day in the career of one of America’s most popular musical artists and the seminal album that transformed his career. He is also the director and cinematographer of Unfinished Symphony, an emotional, poetic, and lyrical journey back in time to reflect on the highly contested Vietnam War. The feature-length documentary premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2001.

Bestor has been the recipient of many prestigious awards for his and the company’s film and television projects including:  CINE Golden Eagles, American Film Festival Blue Ribbons, Columbus International Film Festival Chris Awards, Houston International Film Festival Gold Awards and selection for the New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center. He was a founding board member of the Boston Film/Video Foundation, and is the Massachusetts representative to the International Quorum of Motion Picture Producers.

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