Interviewing Richard Louv: Mother Nature...

Richard Louv created a splash with his book Last Child in the Woods, and the splash has rapidly become a tidal wave, with the conversation about children and nature reaching the White House earlier this month. At times it looks as if the wave is riding him. Our movie, Mother Nature’s Child, is one of the boats sailing on this rising tide, and of course we planned to interview him for the project. But it seemed that it was not to be. We circled his schedule during a year of production, looking for times when his speaking engagements would bring him to our neck of the...

From the cutting room floor to the scree...

Wendy and I are deep into editing Mother Nature’s Child and enjoying every second. Although we’d like to be able to incorporate all the rich interview material into the film, editing means cutting and shaping. There are far too many relevant issues related to this subject to delve into them all. We are aiming for a one hour film, after all, not a series! So we’re delighted that this blog will allow us to share some of the clips that may not make it into the actual finished piece. Occasionally posting clips here may initiate some interesting conversations....

First Film Preview...

Vermont and New Hampshire folks! Director Camilla Rockwell will be presenting the trailer of Mother Nature’s Child at Rockingham Library in Bellows Falls, VT, on May 4, followed by discussion and refreshments! Here’s the library’s press release: Burlington filmmaker, Camilla Rockwell, read the book  “Last Child In The Woods”  by Richard Louv and discovered  her next film project. Deeply moved and  motivated by Louv’s book, (subtitled “Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder”), Rockwell is creating Mother Nature’s Child, a...
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Call for student essays...

The director of Mother Nature’s Child — a documentary about nature’s influence on child health and development — is seeking brief essays by Vermont students of all ages. Camilla Rockwell has interviewed a number of experts for her film, including Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods, and has filmed a wide range of children from age two to twenty, but wants to hear more from children themselves about their relationship to nature. Her questions are: What does the phrase “mother nature’s child” mean to you? Where do you experience...

Natural shift...

Last week as I sat down to edit, I found several bins of nature shots sent to me months ago by cameraman Michael Sacca who has worked a great deal on the film. I had requested a variety of shots in different seasons, weather, and times of day, wanting viewers to experience nature’s cycles, rhythms and the detailed specificity of its beauty. Though the day had started out with worries about our funding difficulties, as I settled in to review Michael’s work, everything began to shift. The next few hours were spent in awe –  of his skill and dedication and of the...