Wild at heart
Filmmaker chronicles natural beauty with help from local volunteers
When filmmaker David Becker moved to Saugerties from Brooklyn three years ago, he rediscovered his childhood love of the Hudson Valley's natural beauty. He was so moved he decided to make a film about our environment and the people who love it. It's called "To Be Forever Wild," and with the help of numerous local volunteers — including interns from Saugerties High School — Becker, a media teacher at Woodstock Day School, is now in post-production at an office off Partition Street.
“The heart of the film is really the people we meet in the film,” Becker said. “It took several months of research to come up with an initial list, and then one person kind of led us to another from there. And some people we met by chance. It was a whole combination of ways that we met and connected with the people in the film. It’s their stories and passion. They all share the love of nature and interact with it in their own way. The people who we profiled, they get so much out of this interaction with nature that it becomes their life.”