Amy Browne (Co-Director/Producer) grew up in Australia and moved to New York City at 19 to study theater at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and film at The New School University. Her other film credits include Production Coordinator on drama feature Valedictorian (Rotterdam 2015), Associate Producer for I Used to be Darker (Melbourne International Film Festival & Sundance 2013) and Crazy & Thief (LA Film Festival 2012), as well as work on The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye (MIFF, Berlinale & Tribeca 2011), among may other short films and music videos. Amy has now returned home to Australia and recently finished work as Producer and Director of a series of short documentaries for the upcoming premier event festival21. When her sister Sophie 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 explore the idea through film.
Jeremy Kaplan (Co-Director/Cinematographer) 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 with topics ranging from the environmental impact of American corporations in Costa Rica to a portrait of a progressive New York orthodox Jewish community. The years spent on A Will for the Woods have been his most gratifying work yet, due to the moving subject matter and the collaborative nature of the project.
Tony Hale (Co-Director/Editor) 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. Now a freelance editor based in Brooklyn, he has worked on a number of non-fiction and narrative projects, many with an environmental focus. A Will for the Woods marks his first feature and combines his love of environmental documentary and character-based stories.
Brian Wilson (Co-Director/Editor) graduated from Brown University with a degree in Comparative Literature and History, and works as an editor in New York. Passionate about the natural world and its protection and restoration, he is pleased to be exploring and raising awareness about green burial with A Will for the Woods. He became interested in developing deeper insight into death after his mother died in 2008, and has been grateful to find it through working on this project, which he hopes will offer similar comfort and understanding to many viewers.
T. Griffin (Composer) is a songwriter, composer, and producer based in Brooklyn, New York. He has composed music for over 20 feature films and dozens of live multidisciplinary projects. He was one of six composers selected as a fellow at the Sundance Composer's lab in 2008 and has been nominated twice for Cinema Eye Honors for original music score. www.tgriffinmusic.com
Tom Paul (Sound Design), an Emmy Award winning re-recording mixer and highly regarded sound designer, is one of New York City's most sought after talents in the field of post production audio. Some highlights of his sound design and re-recording credits include the Academy Award winning films The Fog of War and Born Into Brothels. Other notable films include: Junebug, Palindromes, The Baxter, The King, and U2 360, the largest selling concert DVD of all time. Tom won a Primetime Emmy for outstanding mixing on Joe Berlinger's Under African Skies.
Nice Dissolve (Color Grading/DI) is a boutique post-production facility located in Brooklyn, NY. nicedissolve.com
The wider community: Throughout the years of making this film, many people lent their talents, guidance, and support to A Will for the Woods. Artists, technicians, trusted colleagues, friends, family, and the many people who participated in the filming all helped make the film what it became. Furthermore, the amazing support from all the backers of the film's Kickstarter crowd-sourcing campaign helped bring the film out into the world. See them all here!