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NIAGARA: THUNDER OF THE WATERS - feature length documentary

Wednesday, 28 September 2016 13:06 Published in Blog

North American Broadcast Premiere on PBS affiliate WNED 
8:00 PM December 7, 2016 

Just Released 2016 "Niagara: Thunder of the Waters" revisited with incredible stunning high definition images of Niagara Falls and surrounding parklands.

"It's been said in the hush of years gone past, 

you could hear the roar of the great giant from many miles away. 

Look up, just beyond the horizon, 

as white billowy columns rise high from behind the tree line"

Embark on a journey of discovery. The mighty Niagara and surrounding parklands are rich in history and human struggle. Poetic and personal in its approach and epic in feel, "Niagara: Thunder of the Waters" ignites the imagination. Far away from the flashing neon lights, modern high-rise buildings... far away from the stunters attempts at fame and glory; this film captures the essence, the heart, and soul of Niagara, that millions of tourists per year desire to experience. Painted with the backdrop of human history on its landscape, personal remembrances of great Canadians and Americans are lifted from the pages of history and tied in with the never-ending flow of water and time. The movie unites international award-winning filmmakers with a desire and passion for illuminating the screen with soul inspiring, moving images and stories of Niagara and the people who fought for her preservation. 

"It is great to revisit the land and area where I grew up.  Back in 1998, we released the original "Niagara: Thunder of the Waters" and it became a great success.  It was a premium gift item for PBS pledge drive, aired on many PBS stations and on SCN in Canada.  Upon the video release of the movie it won The Benjamin Franklin Award for "Best Video of the Year."  A lot has happened over the years with technology since we first released the movie.  The original was shot on 16mm film. Today we completely reimagined the images with stunning HD footage, taking the viewer places we were never able to before.  Captivating reenactment of the war of 1812 and incredible images of the Parklands' wildlife punctuate the story.  I am happy to be able to share "Niagara: Thunder of the Waters" with a new generation."

Christopher M. Bessette, Writer / Director / Producer Niagara: Thunder of the Waters September 2016

“Niagara: Thunder of the Waters” is a “best seller” at the Niagara Parks Commission gift shops in Niagara Falls Ontario, Canada. The film is designed to be timeless. It artistically deals with historical events keeping the film current and relevant. Bonus features on the collectors DVD include narration in 5 languages: English, French, Spanish, German and Japanese. 



Writer/Director/Producer: Christopher Bessette

Producers: Christopher Bessette, Greg Pharoah, John Petrella

Exec. Producers: Gerald Zavitz, Marcello Petrella

Director of Photography: John Petrella

Picture Editor: John Petrella, Greg Pharoah

Sound Design: Joe Shugan

Composer; Robert Critchley

Flautist: Karyn Fleming Hill

Music Producer: Mark Rogers

Narrator: Murray Kash

TRT; 44 minutes


Christopher Bessette Writer/Director Archive Reel

Tuesday, 31 July 2012 05:09 Published in Film Vault

Clips from the directing work of Christopher Bessette, including trailers, montage sequences and excerpts from various projects.
Montage Images:  Family Channel's Fabulicious Day, Maralee Dawn & Friends and theatre: Now, Behold the Lamb, Heaven's Gates etc.
Trailer from the feature film "The Enemy God"
Excerpt from the television movie "The Rev"
Trailer from the award winning short film "Apples from Eden"
Excerpt from the international interactive theatrical play "Last Chance"


Tuesday, 31 July 2012 04:24 Published in Awards

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In Development

Tuesday, 31 July 2012 03:41 Published in About


When her son wakes from a coma with supernatural prophetic powers, family relationships are strained and so is her celebrity status as Mrs. South Africa. Tensions are high as the family struggles to believe her son’s prophetic Message from God to the world until the unexpected happens, 
he writes two letters to two families he has never met before with precise details of their deceased children he met on the other side.


Based on the NY Times best-selling inspirational true story "A Message from God" by Retha and Aldo McPherson. A story of incredible faith and of a family overcoming the impossible with a God of the possible.


Excerpts from various media interviews with Christopher Bessette about his career and films. Christopher is a member of the Director's Guild of Canada and voting member of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.

Powerful and Tense

Monday, 30 July 2012 01:31 Published in Quotes

"Trade of Innocents does an incredible job of being a powerful, tense drama.  This is an important movie and not only worth seeing but also entertaining."


Break your Heart

Monday, 30 July 2012 00:26 Published in Quotes

"Very rarely do you find a film, a thriller no less, with such heart beating at its core.  In Christopher Bessette's unflinching look at modern day slavery.  Mira Sorvino and Dermot Mulroney transport us to this dark world, but with a glimmer of hope.  Trade of innocents will break your heart."

Nicki Richesin,

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