Many Happy Returns

Many Happy Returns is a feature length documentary still in progress in 2022. The film follows recycler, writer and passionate environmentalist Jay Lustgarten. Lustgarten's unique history and current way of living challenge viewers preconceived notions about who bottle and can collectors are and why they collect bottles and cans. 

Driven by a determined sense of personal and environmental justice, Lustgarten reclaims resources from the never-ending stream of waste. A writer and frequently contributor to the opinion pages of local newspapers, he often finds his letters in print while out collecting cans and bottles. He also finds new friends and unique community connection by diving into wastebaskets, recycling containers, dumpsters and the heart of coastal Connecticut. His surprising ability to teach front line environmental action compounded by his unique and gentle disruption of stereotypes makes him irresistible. 

Director & Producer Chris KeppleWriter & Recycler Jay Lustgarten

Chris Kepple                                       Jay Lustgarten

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    Chris Kepple is a filmmaker based in Pawcatuck, CT. 

    Past Films and Shorts by Chris Kepple

    Christopher’s recent work has appeared and on both Connecticut and Colorado Public Television. A Call to Arts was also broadcast on the RTÉ Network in Ireland, as well as in festivals in Ireland and the United States. 

    A Call to Arts Helen Hooker and Ernie O’Malley’s dramatic influence on Modern Irish Arts is a feature length documentary film on American artist and sculptor, Helen Hooker, and Irish soldier and author, Ernie O’Malley. The unlikely pair fell in love in New York and together they helped change the shape of the arts in Ireland in the 20th Century.

    David Amram: Right on Time Join an intimate musical conversation with the American maestro who has collaborated with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Willie Nelson, Pete Seeger, Leonard Bernstein, Duke Ellington and many more. Right on Time captures Amram with members of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and other accomplished musicians as they interpret his chamber work in duos.

    Backcountry Gourmet: Lost Lake Join Chefs Kyle Mendenhall and Alberto Sabadini on an expedition into Colorado’s celebrated landscape and most delicious foods. By seeking adventure in the wilderness, the program seeks to illuminate the grandeur and challenges of the terrain, the history of the land, and the ecology.

    Backcountry Gourmet: Tennessee Mountain Cabin Join Chef Kyle Mendenhall for a winter culinary adventure an expedition into Colorado’s celebrated landscape and most delicious foods. By seeking adventure in the wilderness, the program seeks to illuminate the grandeur and challenges of the terrain, the history of the land, and the ecology.


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