Behind the California Condor Reintroduction Program

March 7th, 2011


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

The Crocodiles of Kansas City

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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Video Feedbackteria - Demo

February 7th, 2010

Video Feedbackteria - Demo from Bright Eye Cinema on Vimeo.

I’ve been experimenting with the classic set-up of video feedback, where a live camera is pointed at it’s own playback. A virtual tunnel of repeating frames results when one does this. By controlling the camera settings in very subtle ways I stumbled upon, and was able to isolate, some very rare effects. I’ve been pursuing the imagery and recently set up this arrangement as an interactive video installation for an arts fundraising event.

Alma Rosa Winery

June 10th, 2009

Alma Rosa Winery from Bright Eye Cinema on Vimeo.

Richard and Thekla Sanford own and operate a very special winery in the Santa Ynez Valley. Having studied Geography, Richard Sanford identified the unique site and began growing grapes in 1970. In 2005 they founded Alma Rosa with a commitment to quality wines made with organic farming practices. Produced by Ethan Turpin and Wendy van Diver.

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

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

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

The Danish Village (or, “Denmarketting in America”)

January 28th, 2009

What was once a transplanted enclave of traditional Danish culture evolved into a microcosm of the global tourist industry as it embraced the American Dream. In turning the camera on my hometown I found that windmill spoons and little gnomes actually do make magic - along with piñatas and postcards.