December 14, 2017
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Local man shares insights from his work filming ‘Lost Treasures of Tibet’

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BAR HARBOR — In the summer of 2002, Bar Harbor resident Ned Johnston filmed the efforts of a team of experts racing time and the elements to save ancient Buddhist works of art in a remote part of present-day Nepal.
He was the cameraman for what eventually became the NOVA documentary “Lost Treasures of Tibet.” That film will be shown for free at the Jesup Memorial Library on Friday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. Ned will be on hand to introduce the film and answer questions afterward.
“It’s a wonderfully romantic, exotic locale,” he said, “and the story of the restoration of these fabulous ancient wall paintings is something I thought people would like to see.”
Ned knows all about exotic locales. After studying film at Harvard, he worked as a director or cameraman on more than 80 documentaries for the likes of PBS, National Geographic, The Discovery Channel and the BBC, traveling the world, from the Sahara to Mount Everest. In 1999 he was cameraman on Liesl Clark’s film “Lost on Everest” for NOVA.
Three years later he joined her team to record the struggle of conservationists trying to restore and protect murals created by Tibetan craftsmen in two 15th-century monasteries in a kingdom called Mustang, a place foreigners once were forbidden to visit. The restoration team recruited and trained local residents to help. Together they confronted the damage to the ancient 24-foot-high wall paintings and the buildings that housed them, all while navigating thorny cultural clashes.
“Lost Treasures of Tibet” is the story of what they did and how they did it. And Ned has stories from behind the scenes of this fascinating film.
Join us for a great night at the Jesup.
For more information, contact Melinda Rice at or 207-801-8331.