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The Crocodiles of Kansas City

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

The Crocodiles of Kansas City from Bright Eye Cinema on Vimeo.

It’s time this is made public web-wide: In 1961 Pat Nichols’ son brought home a baby crocodile in a plastic bag. By the mid-90’s Pat had established an add-hock sanctuary for well over a dozen adult crocodiles and countless birds at what became known as the Parrot Hill Crocodile Farm in Kansas City, Missouri. A colorful matron and maverick, she struggled to keep control of her bazaar and treacherous home, and protect its residents from the outside world. In 1997 I was graduating from art school and needed some extra cash. “The Crocodiles of Kansas City” consists of recordings I made while performing my duties working for Pat Nichols. Later, after dusting off the SVHS tapes, I edited this documentary. As word has gotten out about this video, I’ve been contacted every so often by others who at, some point, visited Pat and her beloved animals and felt they needed some proof to back up their own stories. I’m finally posting this record in an attempt to encapsulate the experience and share an individual, the likes of which I will never know again.

“The Crocodiles of Kansas City” won Best Documentary: Heartland at the 2007 Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee and recieved Best Of The Fest by the Kansas City Star. Directed by Ethan Turpin. Total run time: 22 minutes

Santa Cruzing Swift Street

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Santa Cruzing Swift Street from Bright Eye Cinema on Vimeo.

Local man, Dave Stimpson, gives a guided tour of his blossoming neighborhood, complete with soap-on-a-rope and gin. Originally produced for Turn Here. Having watched this one again recently, I had to laugh, dust it off and post it!

The Non-Lead Hunter

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Lead fragments left in the remains of hunter-shot game can be lethal to scavenging wildlife. This hunter education video encourages the switch to copper ammunition, in compliance with California law. It’s been well received by many hunting communities and we’ve recently made this video available online.

The Heat of Bees

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

In the Summer of 2012, Jonathan Smith and I witnessed a massive wild bee hive, which immediately became a creative muse. Interested in what research indicated about how bees work with heat, we borrowed a thermographic camera to see for our selves on 12/12/2012, as part of the One Day On Earth global documentary project. The results are startling, giving a view deep into a singular biological system. Since then, we recorded this strange structure and its residents in our production of the “Bee Cell”, a major video installation for the “Swarm” exhibit at Lotusland in Montecito, California.
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Trailer for The Condor’s Shadow

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Getting up close with these birds and the people who have committed to saving their species has been rewarding on all levels. I was a cinematographer and researcher for this documentary and am pleased to see it reach an audience, most recently at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, where it premiered. Congratulations to director Jeff McLoughlin!
http://condordoc.com

Matriarch of the Condor Recovery

Monday, September 19th, 2011

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Jan Hamber has officially worked with the California Condor Recovery Program since 1976, seeing both heart-break and hope. Last week we had the pleasure of interviewing her the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum and recording some readings from early field notes. It’s an inspiration to listen to stories from someone who’s made a real difference in giving a fighting chance to a species on the brink of extinction.
http://condordoc.com/

Behind the California Condor Reintroduction Program

Monday, March 7th, 2011

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Getting into the backcountry to record these incredible birds has been a highly rewarding experience. This California condor was recorded at Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge, where the US Fish and Wildlife team catches, releases, and monitors the health of the regional population. See more about the documentary project at http://shadowofthecondor.com

The Crocodiles of Kansas City

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

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In 1961 Pat Nichols’ son brought home a baby crocodile in a plastic bag.
By the mid-90’s Pat had established an add-hock sanctuary for well over a dozen adult crocodiles and countless birds at what became known as the Parrot Hill Crocodile Farm in Kansas City, Missouri. A colorful matron and maverick, she struggled to keep control of her bazaar and treacherous home, and protect its residents from the outside world.

In 1997 I was graduating from art school and needed some extra cash. “The Crocodiles of Kansas City” consists of recordings I made while performing my duties working for Pat Nichols. More recently I edited this documentary to encapsulate the experience and share an individual, the likes of which I will never know again.

“The Crocodiles of Kansas City” won Best Documentary: Heartland at the 2007 Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee and recieved Best Of The Fest by the Kansas City Star.

Directed by Ethan Turpin
2006
Total run time: 22 minutes

DVDs available for $25 (US) – includes shipping and handling to anywhere in the US.

Email ethanseye@gmail.com to place an order.

“Showing Disaster: Tea Fire Reflections” in the Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

I’m pleased to announce that the short editorial documentary I made in response to the Tea Fire is screening in this year’s Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
This piece includes photographs by Jeff Clark and music by Brad Nack.

Tea Fire Relief Effort: donate

Her Duty: A Military Wife Speaks Out

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

As the US Government geared up for war in Iraq, Lisa protested and prepared to marry a man who would be called to duty. While discussion of war is rare among military spouses, she sees no problem with continuing to openly fight against her husband’s mission; in fact, she feels it is her obligation as an American citizen.

Official Selection Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2008