A Will for the Woods

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amy browne:

Co-Director/Producer:  Amy Browne grew up in Australia and moved to New York to study theater at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. After graduation, she completed her Bachelor’s degree at The New School University. There, she directed three short films and initiated her first feature film, A Will for the Woods. When her sister Sophie first introduced her to the concept of green burial, which connects the profundity and beauty of nature with the cycle of death and life, Amy was inspired to further explore the idea through film. What started out as a short student project has grown into a life-changing four year journey. Amy also works with independent film producer Steve Holmgren in Brooklyn, NY. Her film credits include Assistant Producer on Marie Losier's avant-garde documentary The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye (Tribeca 2011), Associate Producer for cult favorite Cory McAbee’s Crazy & Thief (Los Angeles Film Festival 2012), and Unit Production Manager and Associate Producer on critically-acclaimed director Matthew Porterfield’s latest, I Used to be Darker (2013 Sundance Film Festival).

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jeremy kaplan:

Co-Director/Director of Photography: Jeremy Kaplan is a director, cinematographer, and editor who resides in Brooklyn, NY. He received his B.A. from Boston College in Film and Philosophy and his M.A. in Documentary/Media Studies at The New School. His documentary work has brought him across the globe to Costa Rica, Egypt, and South Korea. He has produced award-winning short fiction films while short documentaries he has worked on played more recently at the Woodstock Film Festival and Africa World Documentary Film Festival. The topics have ranged from the environmental impact of American corporations in Costa Rica to a portrait of a progressive New York orthodox Jewish community. In 2009, he was a post-production intern on the 2010 Oscar-nominated documentary, Restrepo. While considering himself mostly a documentarian, he has worked as a producer and production manager for fiction films including the feature length film, Surviving Family (2012). The almost four years spent on A Will for the Woods have been the most gratifying work yet due to moving subject matter and the collaborative nature of the project.   

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tony hale:

Co-Director/Editor: Filmmaker and editor Tony Hale first discovered digital editing through recording loops of his drum kit. Later, while studying Mathematics at Boston College and working at a Harvard University media lab, he rediscovered this passion in filmmaking. A Will for the Woods marks his first feature and is a continuation of his love for environmental documentary. Previously he has edited and co-directed numerous projects on a range of topics including the Darién forest in Panama; reef, mangrove, and jaguar preservation in Belize; and watershed protection in Costa Rica. Recently he co-edited Do the Math, which follows Bill McKibben, 350.org, and others as they build a movement to address climate change’s "terrifying new math." Among his other favorite projects are a personal documentary exploring his mother’s artwork, the making of OK Go’s “This Too Shall Pass,” and numerous narrative shorts, including Meena, based on the book Half the Sky. Tony lives in Brooklyn, NY. 

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brian wilson:

Co-Director/Editor: Filmmaker Brian Wilson graduated from Brown University with a degree in Comparative Literature and History. Passionate about the natural world and its protection and restoration, he is pleased to have the chance to explore and raise awareness about green burial with his first feature, A Will for the Woods. He became interested in developing deeper insight into death after his mother passed away in 2008, and has been grateful to find it in working on this project, which he hopes will offer similar comfort to many viewers. His editing and producing work has included biographical specials and news pieces for Canal Plus and Lifetime Television, environmentally themed documentary shorts, and experimental narratives. Brian lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he planted and maintains a native mini-forest.

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t. griffin:

Composer: T. Griffin is a film composer, songwriter and producer based in Brooklyn, NY. He has scored over 20 feature films and dozens of short films, installations and live film/music projects in collaboration with acclaimed filmmakers including Michael Almereyda, Tze Chun, Jem Cohen, Sam Green, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, Liza Johnson, Kim Reed, and Esther B. Robinson. As a player and producer he has worked with such musical luminaries as Vic Chesnutt, Patti Smith, Tom Verlaine, DJ Rupture, Mary Margaret O'Hara, and members of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The Ex, Fugazi, and The Dirty Three. Griffin was a 2008 Fellow at the Sundance Composers' Lab and has twice been nominated for CinemaEye Honors for Original Music Score. www.tgriffinmusic.com