Awards:

AUDIENCE AWARD — Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD — Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
AUDIENCE AWARD — New Orleans Film Festival  
PROGRAMMER'S AWARD — Virginia Film Festival
AUDIENCE AWARD — San Francisco IndieFest
JURY AWARD — San Francisco IndieFest
BEST US/INTERNATIONAL FEATURE DOCUMENTARY — Kansas City FilmFest
AUDIENCE AWARD — Rhode Island Film Festival
"FORK IN THE ROAD" AWARD — Greentopia Film Festival

press coverage:

“Moving and inspiring … The film is about a life of purpose and a death with meaning.” Nell Minow, The Huffington Post

"★★★★ A Beautiful Rumination on Life, Death and Burial Choice … Advocating without preachiness and emotional without exploitation, this film is a lovely piece of work." Dan Schindel, Nonfics

“[One of] nine documentaries that you need to see this year … which no documentary fan should miss.” “Has the potential to affect not just individual viewers but the American way of death … Must-see.”  Marianna Torgovnick, TED

"A truly moving experience, and a testimony to the difference that a single life can make in the lives of others." - Jen Chaney, The Dissolve

“An immersive, heartwarming tale.” Elias Savada, Film Threat

"Big-hearted and thought-provoking." “A Will for the Woods is more contemplative than preachy … that generosity makes for a finer film.” Chris Barsanti, Film Journal International

“A gorgeous, haunting, and lushly crafted meditation on one man’s coming to terms with death." "Far more impactful emotionally than just an issue documentary … what we have here is, thankfully, something far more emotionally engrossing and ultimately intellectually rewarding.” Joshua Brunsting, CriterionCast

“The film has hit a cultural nerve.” Glenn McDonald, Discovery News

“A powerful, personal testament to the ‘green burial’ movement … with humor, eloquence, anguish and reflection.” Sylvia Pfeiffenberger, Indy Week - Indy Pick

"Offers a fascinating angle on environmental equality" The Age & Sydney Morning Herald, Australia

A Will for the Woods uplifts and inspires” in covering a subject that is “relevant in a profound way to each and every one of us.” “One felt the joy of a new beginning as deeply as the sadness of an ending. There was ample space for laughter along with the tears.” Bill Chameides, dean of Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, THEGREENGROK

"A unique and unflinching examination." John Esther, Jesther Entertainment

“This movie will open your eyes to a new way of thinking.” John Angelico, San Francisco Gate

“Will make you reconsider how you want to die.” Eric Eidelstein, Indiewire

“An information-packed documentary … But more than that, it's an intimate and unflinching look at the journey a couple takes in planning for imminent death.” Melissa Barber, Death with Dignity

“A documentary not to be missed … [a] gem of a movie.” “I don’t remember ever so highly recommending a documentary … a powerful testimonial for why you should seriously consider green burial.” Fran Sorin (author of Digging Deep), Gardening Gone Wild and FranSorin.com

"Explores the dimensions of life, terminal illness, loss of control, premature death, legacy, burial, and letting go in a moving and profound way … it’s an important discussion that we need to address." Melanie Votaw, Reel Life With Jane

"A profound statement … a touching film and a very important one." Nell Minow, BeliefNet

"Up-close-and-personal … a documentary that environmentally conscious men and women will want to see." Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality & Practice

Additional Press Coverage:

NonFics – 20 Necessary Docs About Death & Dying
Hyperallergic
Grist
Indiewire – Project of the Day
FilmWax Radio/Rooftop Films
NY Daily News
Vocativ
Film School Radio
Green Divas
Indiewood/Hollywoodn't
The Screen Feed/The Tribeca Trib
NCFlix
The Herald Sun, Durham
90.9 WBUR Boston
The News & Observer

Australian Press:

ABC News Breakfast
Crikey
SPOOK Magazine
Broadsheet Melbourne
ABC RN Drive
Silver Screen Snobs
 

Educational reviews:

“An intriguing portrait of American life in the search for the authentic and alternative in the maelstrom of modern life.” “Rich and multifaceted … I will use this in my teaching." Dr. Liv Nilsson Stutz, Lecturer, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Anthropology, Emory University

"A must see: A Will for the Woods is a moving and consciousness-raising film about green burial. It promotes a way of bodily disposal that is spiritually enriching, environmentally friendly and helps to protect areas of natural beauty. The beginning of a funeral reform in the U.S.A. that gives new meaning to death." Dr. Eric Venbrux, Director of the Centre for Thanatology, Radboud University Nijmegen, Co-editor, Changing European Death Ways

"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

"The potential for the end of life … to promote conservation and renewal is profound, in this ultimately life-affirming portrayal. Highly recommended." The Midwest Book Review

"A tender, honest, and compelling portrait of dying on one's own terms. The film affords a touching and inspirational experience to sojourn with someone who lives fully, throughout the dying trajectory. The film captures a beautiful aesthetic, the lessons of which are as instructive for living as they are for dying." Dr. Nate Hinerman, Lecturer of Theology and Religious Studies, University of San Francisco, Chair of the San Francisco Bay Area Network for End-of-Life Care

“It took four credited filmmakers – Amy Browne, Jeremy Kaplan, Tony Hale and Brian Wilson – to bring us the news that a majority of Americans are not aware of the option of “green” burials … A fine compliment to Mark Harris’s 2008 book Grave Matters, which covers some of the same ground (no pun intended), this thought-provoking documentary on end-of-life issues is highly recommended.” C. Cassady, Video Librarian

audience testimonials

“It was the most incredible, moving, touching PBS program I have ever seen!!!” – Marla Ar, USA

“The group really enjoyed the film and being able to talk with Joe, Tony, and Brian.  There was a lot of great feedback and conversation. Not only about green burial, but also about the making of the film. We are looking forward to hosting another in the future. Thank you for such a moving film to share with our community!” – Margaret Puglisi, screening host from the Congressional Cemetery, DC, USA

“What an incredible piece of good fortune I feel came my way by being at this movie on Easter Sunday.  It has made what has been a devastating experience for Taryn (her friend) so much easier and so much more sincerely personal.” – Jacqueline Lesage, ACMI screening Melbourne, Australia

“Too important to miss!” – Judy James Kingsolver, USA

“Such an inspirational movie. When it is my time to go home this is how I want it to be. Meghan I know I am not with you but I wanted you to see this. This is what you watch when you get rid of cable TV.” – Susan Lowery, USA

“That documentary just took my breath away. I was humbled, I was crying, I was smiling, I felt special that someone would share that most tender part of themselves with me. I will rate it for you. Much love.” – Jeannine McAfee, USA

“Our Funeral Consumers Alliance just sponsored a showing last Saturday at a local church and everyone enjoyed it with lots of great discussion afterwards.” – Cindy Garner, Funeral Consumers Alliance, USA

“Congratulations on an honest and moving exploration of the subject.  I hope that Australia will be able to set up a few more bushland cemeteries - it's my wish to be buried in a shroud under (or next to) a beautiful eucalypt. (Not for a while yet of course!).” – Elaine Searle, funeral celebrant Australia

“This is the way it should be!  This to me is honoring our true connection with the Divine.” – Ambra Allgood, USA

“I live in So. Illinois and have always felt attached to our Shawnee National Forest. There is so much new development and private land with many natural areas around us. This documentary affected me so much as I am presently terminal due to a long term fight with a rare disease caught in the late stage. My dear friends/family has also watched and it has opened up the conversation of natural burial which is what I've always wanted but didn't know much about it. Clark has given me the strength to move forward with a place where many in our community would feel more comfortable with in burial. Hopefully we can keep moving forward with the resources given by #awillforthewoods.” – Molly McIntyre, IL, USA

“Thank you. I just watched your film on PBS Milwaukee. I have been researching green burial for myself and Clark's journey moved me very much. Thank you.” – Andrea Burns, WI, USA

“My father has cancer. My mother and I watched the documentary together. We have opted for a green burial for my father, who is 86. Clark Wang was such a fabulous human being. So intelligent, musical, and gentle. Thank you so much!” – Joan Tarpley Odom

“I saw this almost three years ago. It was very moving and touched many cords. I'm looking forward to seeing this all over again tonight.” – Jenny Manandhar Flynn