Archive for November, 2010

The Crocodiles of Kansas City

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010


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
Total run time: 22 minutes

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

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