Bestor Cram is an award winning director, producer and cinematographer for television documentaries and museum environments. In 1982, Bestor founded Northern Light Productions, a Boston-based production company which produces long format projects for PBS, History Channel, and Discovery as well as a wide range of museum media exhibits for art, science and history interpretive visitor centers like the Smithsonian Institution and International Spy Museum. As a lighting cameraman,
Bestor's shooting forte lies in 16mm and 35mm film as well as extensive use of the DV and HD formats. He studied and lectured with Richard Leacock at MIT, has taught film at Tufts University and the Art Institute of Boston. His 2005 completed feature documentary The Special, about the bluegrass anthem, premiered at the Nashville Film Festival and was selected for AFI's Silver Docs. His independent documentary, Unfinished Symphony: Democracy and Dissent, premiered in competition at Sundance and won top honors at festivals home and abroad.
Bestor released Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison in the fall of 2008 and it continues to play festivals and television world wide. In 2009, his ITVS supported film, Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre 1968, was released and had its PBS broadcast in February, 2010.