Country: United States
Languages: English

Biography

Andrew Kukura is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and principal of Northern Light Productions. His most recent documentary credits include Beyond the Wall, Circus Without Borders, and The Dhamma Brothers, a theatrically released feature-length documentary about the profound effect of Vipassana meditation on inmates in a maximum-security prison in Alabama. The film has won numerous awards and been profiled in The New York Times and on NPR and featured as part of Oprah Winfrey’s Soul Series. Furthermore, Andrew’s independent documentary film, Killer Poet, was selected for Hot Docs and won Best Documentary awards at several film festivals. He has over 20 years of experience managing multimillion-dollar media projects at internationally recognized museums and visitor centers including the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and the Canadian Museum of History, among others. Andrew holds a degree in art history and is currently working on a 180-degree immersive film that examines the lives and contributions of recent immigrants to Canada.

Filmography

The Dhamma Brothers (2008)
Director/Producer/Writer/Editor of an award-winning feature documentary about a group of prisoners in a maximum-security prison in Alabama undergoing an experimental treatment course in Vipassana meditation

Beyond the Wall (2016)
Producer/Writer/Editor of a feature-length documentary that follows five formerly incarcerated men who attempt to rebuild their lives

Circus without Borders (2015)
Editor/Co-Writer of a feature-length documentary about two circuses—one from the Arctic Circle and one from Guinea—that come together to help their communities

Killer Poet: The Double Life of Norman Porter (2008)
Editor/Co-Writer of an award-winning feature documentary about Norman Porter, aka “JJ. Jameson,” a convicted double murderer who spent 25 years in prison, before escaping and living in hiding for twenty years

To Breathe as One (2010)
Editor of a feature-length documentary on the history of Laulupidu, Estonia’s most important Song Festival, from the protest songs of the Soviet era through the Singing Revolution of the 1980s

Awards / Honors

The Dhamma Brothers, Director, Writer, Editor (2008)
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Winner, Best Documentary Woods Hole Film Festival,
San Francisco Frozen Film Festival
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Tie, Best Documentary Rhode Island Film Festival
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Winner, National Council on Crime and Delinquency PASS Award

Clients / Networks

Production Specialties

Contact

Company: Northern Lights Productions
Business Phone: +1 617-789-4344
Business Email: akukura@nlprod.com
Business Address: 300 Western Avenue
City: Boston MA
Business Zip/Postal Code: 02134
Personal Phone: +1 617-921-8297
Personal Mail Address: akukura@nlprod.com

Company Overview

Northern Light Productions (NLP) creates distinctive media experiences for museums, institutions, and broadcast television. We develop and produce a variety of audiovisual tools for exhibitions, including immersive media environments, interactive experiences, and wellcrafted narrative films. For more than thirty-five years, we have explored the interplay of history, culture, science, sports, arts, and the humanities through compelling storytelling exhibited worldwide.