John Richard // Bocce Ball Films

John Richard // Bocce Ball Films // Cinematography 2017

Featured Projects

The Simple Gift of Walnut Grove, 2015, 18 min (1-min teaser)

Directed / Photographed / Edited by John Richard

Production Assistance by James Davies

Music from The Danish String Quartet and Victor Borge

Executive Producer, John Mark Nielsen + Museum of Danish America

The Simple Gift of Walnut Grove is a short film about the life of an early 20th century Danish immigrant named Hans Hansen, as told by his son, 96 year old Walter Hansen. Hans emigrated from Denmark to the United States in 1899 and built a farm out of the native timber he found alongside a marginal piece of land on the Cedar River near West Branch, Iowa.  Within Walter's soft-spoken account emerges the dynamic of a father-son relationship forged under the harsh conditions of the early Midwestern settlement.

To purchase the complete 18 minute film on DVD from The Museum of Danish America's online shop, click here.

To view a more complete listing of festivals and screenings, visit the film page, click here.

The Reluctant Apocalypticist, 2014 (6 min.)


Directed / Photographed / Edited by John Richard

Additional video and sound by Christopher Vanderwall

This project began as a project about modern homesteading but its focus shifted as I followed and filmed Mr. Heffner at his home in rural Iowa and realized that so much about Dave was unique and unexpected.  His reluctance about the possibility of becoming truly self-sufficient after societal collapse was really interesting to me.  


Presenting Mister Lincoln, 2012 (7 min.)


Directed / Photographed / Edited by John Richard

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It was 20 years ago that Lance Mack first realized that he bore a striking resemblance to Abraham Lincoln. He was teaching German at the University of Michigan when he had this revelation, and to him the only thing to do was, “to figure out what to do with it.” Follow Lance in this short documentary portrait that explores the intersection of history, family, religion and the ways that these ideas form and shape the way that Lance, (and America) are responding to the present state of economic insecurity.

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