“This provocative film...candidly documents the mixed emotions and institutional conflicts aroused by the introduction of a Buddhist practice in a predominantly Christian prison.”
– Jeanette Catsoulis, The New York Times
Andrew Kukura, Director/Editor/WriterAndrew Kukura is a documentary filmmaker with eleven years professional experience as a producer, editor, and writer. He has produced both short and long-format work for independents, broadcast outlets, museums, and non-profits. Recently, Andrew edited Here Brothers Fought, a twenty-minute orientation for the Vicksburg National Military Park in Mississippi and One Day at a Time, a history of Alcoholics Anonymous for the Hazleton Institute.
In 2008, Andrew completed editing an independent feature documentary on Norman Porter, titled “The Killer Poet,” which won Best Documentary awards at the Boston International Film Festival and the Newburyport Documentary Film Festival. It was an official selection at HOTDOCS in 2008. In addition, Primal Fear, a two-hour History Channel special aired in October of that year. Andrew was the lead editor on this project. Other broadcast work includes editing the Spear of Christ, an hour-long documentary for the History Channel series, Decoding the Past, in 2006.
In the recent past, Andrew served as editor and editorial supervisor on the Oklahoma Heritage project, wrote and produced an animated audio-visual presentation on the Battle of Bunker Hill, for the Boston National Historical Park, a four-screen presentation on the Lewis and Clark Expedition for Pompeys Pillar in Montana, and an orientation program for Reynolda House in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, which includes a twenty-minute video and two interactive kiosks.
In 2004, Andrew produced, directed and edited two programs for the Missouri Historical Society’s Lewis and Clark National Bicentennial Exhibit: Discovering Each Other, an object theater, and Crossing the Divide, a three-screen theatrical re-enactment of Lewis and Clark’s encounter with the Shoshone Indians. Andrew was also the editor for a series of programs on hidden children for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, which opened in August 2003.
Among Andrew’s other production credits are a twenty-minute video on George Catlin for the Smithsonian American Art Museum, which was broadcast on local PBS affiliates, an object theater on the Wright Brothers for Carillon Park, several elements for the International Spy Museum, a visual history of Harvard Medical School, A Walk With The Presidents, a twenty-site audio tour of Washington D.C. for Thunderwave Media, a collection of nine oral-histories stations for the Jimmy Carter Boyhood Home National Historic Site, and A Case for Equality, for the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka, Kansas.
Andrew holds a BA in Art History from Carleton College, with a concentration in Media Studies.
“Seeing the spiritual enchantment on lost souls such as I —meditating day in and out in seclusion was something like standing before God telling him everything I’d done, and genuinely being sorry for it. All my past surfaced — the guilt, the shame, the love, the moments of anger.”
– Willie Carroll, Dhamma Brother