Year Joined: 1984
Regular Member

IQ Board Position: Past President

City: Boston
: United States
Languages: English


Bestor is an award-winning Director, Producer and Cinematographer. Since founding Northern Light in 1982, he’s directed innumerable media elements for museum installations, documentaries for broadcast, and multi-screen presentations.

Many of his projects include media produced for nationally recognized museums including the National World War II Museum, Ford’s Theatre for Education & Leadership, and the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. Bestor’s produced work for federal and state institutions such as the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service, Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

As an acclaimed independent filmmaker, Bestor’s documentaries have premiered at festivals including Sundance Film Festival, AFI’s Silverdocs Film Festival, and the Independent Film Festival of Boston and been broadcast on PBS, Discovery Channel, Sundance Channel, and more.

Prior to his filmmaking career, Bestor served in the Vietnam War as an engineer in the U.S. Marine Corps.  Upon his discharge, he became the regional coordinator for Vietnam Veterans Against the War VVAW.  He joined the staff of the film department at MIT and has lectured at various universities and conducted a ‘directing documentary’ course at the Maine Media Workshops for 30 years. His current work includes a music documentary about blues harp giant James Cotton and a multi-part series about the trials of celebrity attorney F. Lee Bailey.

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Production Specialties

Documentary /Non-Fiction


Company: Northern Light Productions
Business Address: 300 Western Ave, Allston, MA 02134
Phone: 617 789 4344 x 210
Email: [email protected]

Company Overview

For more than 30 years, Northern Light Productions has been engaged in non-fiction motion picture production. Today, we are admired for our creative excellence and technical innovation as designers and producers of museum media environments, interactive exhibits, and feature programming for television and theatrical release.

As non-fiction storytellers, we continuously explore the shifting boundaries of content and technology. We seek to navigate this world through our imagination tempered by history, culture, science, arts and the humanities. Every new journey maps an exploration of the truth, and all its fascinating consequences.