Spring in Dickinson’s Reach
This is the first of the four films that make up the series, Mr. Coperthwaite: A Life in the Maine Woods. This film establishes, literally and metaphorically, the scope of Bill Coperthwaite’s world as it explores the unique environment that he has crafted in the Maine forest.
Beginning in early spring, the film follows Coperthwaite through his daily tasks as he tends to his surroundings while one season gives way to another. He pulls weeds, sharpens knives, whittles away at spoons, clears downed trees – an intensely private man whose solitude is occasionally interrupted by the arrival of visitors, young men eager to learn and to share their passion for tools and for making things.
Through its intimate camerawork and careful attention to detail, the film draws the viewer into a remarkable world – one that is painstakingly built and maintained by Coperthwaite. In this world’s simplicity and integrity, the film reveals a rare beauty. It stretches from the magnificent wooden yurt, to the workshop, boathouse, forest paths, dense canopy of trees and waters of Mill Pond.
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