A Will For The Woods
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Musician, psychiatrist, and folk dancer Clark Wang prepares for his own green burial while battling lymphoma, determined that his last act will be a gift to the planet. Boldly facing his mortality, the spirited Clark and his partner Jane have joined with a compassionate local cemeterian to use green burial to save a North Carolina woods from being clear-cut. Documenting one community's role in the genesis of a revolutionary movement, A Will for the Woods follows Clark's dream of leaving a legacy in harmony with timeless cycles, and environmentalism takes on a profound intimacy. (c)… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

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"The movie feels entirely promotional, provoking separate, unanswered questions about green medicine too."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"While the film also captures many private, sometimes heartbreaking scenes, it takes a lot of time to make its simple point."
‑ Daphne Howland, Village Voice
"But A Will for the Woods is more contemplative than preachy. This spirit might, ironically, limit its audience more than if it had drawn a harder and angrier line. But that generosity makes for a finer film."
‑ Chris Barsanti, Film Journal International
"...A Will For The Woods transforms into 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
"It's possible to admire the four directors' unflinching depiction of the dying process, but the film is mostly unilluminating and grim - not least because almost all of the deaths discussed are untimely."
‑ Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times
"The unknowables and intangibles around death are what make it so scary, and Clark's journey demonstrates how fear can dissipate if one takes control of what's going to happen to them."
‑ Dan Schindel, Nonfics
"An enlightening look at the Green Burial Movement and its ecological and spiritual dimensions."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"A Will for the Woods will help build awareness of the movement while also telling an immersive (for everyone, including the embedded filmmakers), heartwarming tale of one man's passionate struggle to find both peace on earth and peace in earth...""
‑ Elias Savada, Film Threat
"Less an introduction to the green-burial movement than a portrait of one man who embraced it after being diagnosed with a terminal illness, A Will for the Woods is more sentimental than journalistic."
‑ John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
"Just as Dr. Wang approached his own death with purpose and honor, the filmmakers have done the same in telling his story and making it ours as well."
‑ Nell Minow, Beliefnet
"While the "green burial movement" does play a notable role here, the documentary's other strength is how it captures Clark coming to grips with his impending death."
‑ John Esther, UR Chicago Magazine
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