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Small Town Big Top



This film took me a year to make — first a scout to the Mohave Desert to meet the circus, then a shoot in northeast Iowa, then several months convincing a National Geographic editor that there was something great here. It's the story of a little eight-person tent circus called the Culpeper & Merriweather. The film ended up playing for several years on National Geographic Explorer and on airplanes around the world.

Above is a 1:45 clip of the 20-minute film.

Writer/Director: Ron Stanford

Camera: Bob Hanna

Executive Producer: Tom Simon

Producer: Lili Francklyn