It's been a gratifying and humbling experience to make a feature length documentary and put it out into the world, especially when it was well received. We won nine international film festival awards including four audience awards and had some lovely reviews and feature stories.
"Forgotten Cultures, Divided Worlds"
It started as a surf trip to escape the rat race. It led to nine years living with and documenting a remote tribe in the Mentawai jungles.
I wrote an article and had my photo (to the left) published for Broadsheet.
It was a dream come true to sit on the couch with Virginia Trioli and Michael Rowland the morning of our Australian theatrical premiere of A Will for the Woods.
Our goal for A Will for the Woods was to broadcast it nationally in the US through PBS. The PBS' World Channel picked up the film with America ReFramed. Here is an interview with me and host Natasha Del Toro before we went to air:
AMERICA ReFRAMED presents personal viewpoints and a range of voices on the nation's social issues – giving audiences the opportunity to learn from the past, understand the present, and explore new frameworks for America’s future.
It was an honour to talk about our film A Will for the Woods on ABC Radio National with host Patricia Karvelas and fellow guest Simran Sethi an eco-hero, journalist and author.
Broadsheet editor Caroline Clements came to our New York City theatrical run and visited Brooklyn to interview me about the film and movement.
“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