Agricola Media

Documentary films by Dave Esposito

Agricola Media produces documentaries and informational media on diverse topics, with a particular focus on fine and performing arts, master craftsmanship, and inspiring biographies.

Current productions are available below.

Reflections on Painting (42 min)

Shot in 2018-2019, this film delves into the life and ideas of painter Gillian Pederson-Krag. Follows the journey of this wonderful oil painter’s artistic process. Beginning and experienced painters alike will profit from Gillian’s 60 plus years at the easel, and her philosophy resonates for anyone interested in beauty and the arts in any form.

Father Soldier (27 min)

...the soulful story of the life of Leo Hetzler, a combat veteran of World War II who for the last sixty years has been a Catholic priest and educator in Rochester, NY. Moving and serious in tone, Father Soldier merges a life filled with profound experiences in a way that connects with our own separate journeys.

The film was broadcast on PBS station WXXI in Rochester, NY.



the smallest of things… (10 min)

A film profile of painter and mom Sarah King...


From Talking To Playing (25 min)

A film profile of performing artist Mira Armij Gill. With incredible drive and a passion for excellence both as a pianist and as a teacher, this New York City-based artist has won the hearts and minds of audiences everywhere she’s performed.

Get a glimpse of what it takes to be a concert pianist at the highest level in a film that celebrates the passion and the striving of a determined soul.

The film contains additional bonus features including two performances by Ms. Gill plus topics of interest to piano instructors, students, and performers.



Captain - Story of a Fallen Soldier (23:30)

A story of loyalty and remembrance. Captain Richard Updaw, USMC 1966-1970, is the film subject of this documentary.

A chance observation at a cemetery led to his search beginning in 2004 to resurrect the memory of a fallen 19 year old Corporal killed in the battle of Iwo Jima in 1945.

The film was broadcast on PBS station WXXI in Rochester, NY.


To Have and to Give (20 min)

An inspiring story of living organ donation. In 2001, my brother-in-law, the violinist Sung Rai Sohn, was terminally ill with liver disease. The prospect of finding a liver from a deceased donor was dim. A newspaper article on living donation got me thinking: perhaps I could give a portion of my own liver to Sung Rai...

The promise – and at times difficult reality – of living donation is presented in the form of interviews with family members, transplant surgeons, social workers, and a Living Donor Advocate from the Center for Living Donation at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City.



School for Jazz (11 min)

...takes viewers on a tour and shows the history of Jazz 90.1 WGMC-FM – one of the nation’s last remaining 24/7/365 public jazz stations.

Swimming to the sunlight

This film, however short, was made with care and with love of it’s subject. The Sisters of Saint Joseph of Rochester are a Catholic order of nuns who are devoted to their faith – and to all who they come in contact with. Take a few moments and experience the world through the eyes of these lovely souls…




Making and Mastering Wood Planes

This 4 hour and 40 minute video workshop is the perfect companion to the book “Making and Mastering Wood Planes,” recognized as the definitive guide in the field. Master woodworker and author David Finck expertly guides you through the process of making a laminated wood plane, while also teaching fundamentals of fine woodworking that can push your skills to the next level. You will also learn to master essential planing tasks.

This video is available as a two DVD set or via streaming from Mr. Finck's website where you can also purchase the companion book and blades specifically designed and crafted for use in fine wood planes.