A Will for the Woods: Vignette
"A Will for the Woods" is about a dying wish for a legacy of eco-friendly funerals and the trailblazers advancing this unrecognized field in the environmental movement. This clip from the film explores efforts to further sustainable funeral practices that conserve natural areas and reconnect people to timeless rituals. In the documentary, psychiatrist and concert cellist Clark Wang advocates for natural burial - and plans his own - while battling lymphoma. Pursuing his dying wish, he joins the budding green burial revolution, which champions sustainable funeral practices that preserve natural areas. Former comic lounge singer Joe leads the Green Burial Council, the sole environmental regulator in a vast and deeply entrenched industry.
Filmmakers Jeremy Kaplan and Amy Browne met three years ago after Amy pitched her idea for a documentary on green burial at The New School University. Their experience made them a compatible team, and they set off across the country together filming green burial grounds and interviewing the pioneers of the movement. Once they met Joe Sehee, head of the Green Burial Council, who introduced them to Clark Wang, a civilian advocate battling lymphoma, they knew they had two powerful stories that would cover the many facets of the movement. Now they are in post-production working with editors Tony Hale and Brian Wilson, and they aim to have the film ready for an early 2013 release.
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