The New York Green Advocate

Take a Hit of the Catskill Mountains: Must-See Doc Film, "To be Forever Wild", Gets You High on Nature

By Paul E McGinniss

It's easy to give heartfelt kudos to a documentary film that loves its subject so much, especially when the film causes the entire audience to get a contact high while also falling in love with the subject. Such is the case with the intoxicating, cinematic love story about the Castkill Mountains of New York, "To be Forever Wild",  which celebrates the astounding natural geography and the area's passionate, diverse populace.  It may come as a surprise that the region retains a rugged and remote edge despite being only 2.5 hours in an EV plug-in hybrid from NYC.

The director of "To be Forever Wild" is charismatic David Becker, a young filmmaker who is a modern day John Burroughs meets Jack Kerouac.  He is a creative adventurer who seems to have tapped into the beat - the pulse of the Catskills and the Hudson Valley of New York.  At the 2013 Woodstock Film Festival, where the film-in-progress was first screened publicly, its cheery director and film crew received rousing applause.  The celebratory energy of the room was palpable.

      Parts of the Catskill Park still seem like a movie from a lost world.

      Parts of the Catskill Park still seem like a movie from a lost world.

"To be Forever Wild" was shot guerrilla style utilizing a dozen plus crew of thoughtful, creative souls of all stripes (including filmmakers, musicians, artists, writers) who assembled at a storybook locale called Platte Cove in a remote cabin once occupied by Jack London.  From this base they explored and captured the wild Catskills terrain and the people living in the region on film.

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