A mediocre-but-generally-watchable documentary about a growing environmental movement; Green Burial — that is, reducing the environmental impact of your death and internment.
Full disclosure. I'm not a big fan of documentaries that invade other people's private moments like this, especially in times of grief. I think there's something nebulously (for lack of a better word) sacred about real death and real grieving that makes filming it, even if you have permission, tacky and exploitative. Maybe the current generation of reality-TV fans would be somewhat less sensitive about this.
'A Will for the Woods' stumbles both in practical ways (noticeably bad focus and framing in the casual interactions) and in thematic ways (not-so-deftly juggling the green-burial message, while also watching psychiatrist Clark Wang face his rapidly-approaching demise).
I don't usually mention pricing, but this film is noticeably overpriced at $20 on iTunes Canada. Maybe it's a greedy distributor, but for comparison's sake, a newer documentary by a known director (Michael Moore's 'Where to Invade Next') is $15.
Lastly, 'A Will for the Woods' is quite draggy for being 102 minutes long. Though it covered a topic I was fairly interested in, I found my attention drifting. There is apparently a one-hour cut of the film that the production company is making available, and maybe my comments here would be kinder if I'd watched that tightened version.
If the shorter cut eventually shows up on PBS or HBO Documentaries, give it a watch.