Dying Green

180x135_dying_greenLiving green is something many of us strive for in today’s world, but did you know that you can die green as well? Set in the foothills of the Appalachians, “Dying Green” explores one man’s vision of using green burials to conserve land. Dr. Billy Campbell, the town’s only physician, has radically changed our understanding of burials in the United States. Dr. Campbell’s dream is to conserve one million acres of land. “Dying Green” focuses on the revolutionary idea of using our own death to fund land conservation and create wildlife preserves. (Student Academy Award winner; featured on PBS NewsHour)

Directed and Produced by: Ellen Tripler
Editors: Kelly Donnellan and Emily Gaines
Director of Photograpghy: Stephen Tringali and Kevin Wells
Sound Recordist: Doug Burnette
Graphics and Animation: “C.J.”Charles Walls and Esin Ozdog
Original Sound: Churchhill Score and Sound
Project Advisor: Maggie Stogner Burnette
Story Consultant: Adele Schmidt

Ellen Tripler is an independent documentary filmmaker living in the Washington DC area where she works as a director and producer. She an earned her MFA in film and electronic arts from American University’s School of Communication, she has won a both a Student Academy Award and a College Television Award and has worked on many award-winning productions, among them a TIVA-DC Peer Gold Award for Best Student Dramatic Production, a CINE Golden Eagle for the Independent Division.

To host a screening: Green Planet Films
To contact the filmmaker: jetripler@gmail.com

39th Student Academy Award winner
2012 College Television Award
2012 CINE Golden Eagle Independent category

Film Festivals:
Official Selection, DC Environmental Film festival, 2012
Official Selection, Myrtle Beach International Film Festival, 2012
Official Selection, American Conservation Film Festival, 2012
Official Selection, American Documentary Film Festival, 2012
Official Selection, Montana CINE International Film Festival, 2011
Official Selection, Roving Eye Film Festival, 2012
Official Selection, Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival, 2012
Official Selection, Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, 2012
Official Selection, Indie Grits Film Festival, 2013
Official Selection, Greenville International Film Festival, 2012

Home-Use DVD
Educational DVD

Find Out More:
Grave Matters: A Journey Through the Modern Funeral Industry to a Natural Way of Burial, by Mark Harris
The American Way of Death, by Jessica Mitford

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