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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Bullfrog Films
Closed Captioned: Yes
Running Time: 93 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2013
Available in French: No

What if our last act could be a gift to the planet? Capturing the genesis of a revolutionary social and environmental movement, A WILL FOR THE WOODS draws the viewer into a life-affirming and immersive portrait of people embracing their connection to timeless natural cycles.
Musician, folk dancer, and psychiatrist Clark Wang prepares for his own green burial, determined that his final resting place will benefit the earth. He has discovered a movement that uses burial to conserve and restore natural areas, forgoing toxic, wasteful funeral practices engineered to preserve the body at the ecosystem's expense. Clark, a spirited and charismatic advocate, sets out to save a tract of forest with the help of green burial pioneers and a compassionate local cemeterian.
While he continues to battle cancer, he and his partner Jane find great comfort in the thought that his death - whenever it may happen - will be a force for regeneration. As the film follows Clark's dream of leaving a loving, permanent legacy, environmentalism takes on a deeply human intimacy.
"This is an impressive, captivating, and powerful film. It is both an intimate portrait of the burgeoning green burial movement and a philosophical reflection on human mortality in a time of environmental crisis."  - Gary Laderman, Chair of Department of Religion, Professor of American Religious History and Cultures, Emory University, Author, The Sacred Remains and Rest in Peace

DVD Features
Include SDH captions for the deaf and hard-of-hearing and scene selection.

Audience Award, Environmental Award, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
Audience Award, New Orleans Film Festival
Jury Award, Audience Award, San Francisco Indie Fest
Audience Award, Rhode Island International Film Festival
Programmer's Choice Award, Virginia Film Festival
Best Feature Documentary, Kansas City FilmFest
Fork in the Road Award, Greentopia|Film, Rochester, NY

Screened at:
AFI Documentary Film Festival
Newport Beach Film Festival
Cleveland International Film Festival
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
FICA - Festival Internacional de Cinema e Vídeo Ambiental, Goias, Brazil
Atlanta Film Festival
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
Camden International Film Festival
Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival
DocuWest International Film Festival
Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival
San Francisco Green Film Festival
Tales from Planet Earth, Madison, WI
Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival
Cinema Verde Environmental Film Festival
Princeton Environmental Film Festival
Green Mountain Film Festival
Green Lens Environmental Film Festival
Natural Transitions Film Festival, Boulder, CO



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