Every so often, I try to make time to visit the Catskills. The area allows me to get lost in my own thoughts as I walk through the trees. The last time I was there, I ran into a film crew following a 13 year old boy that was about to become a member of the 3500 Club. In order to become a member, one must climb all 35 of the Catskill peaks that surpass 3500 feet. This boy was starting the 35th and last peak to join the club. The film crew following him for the day was lead by David Becker.
Mr. Becker produces, directs, and provides cinematography for inspirational and thought-provoking documentaries. He spent the last four years producing a documentary titled "Saint Misbehavin'." It tells the story of Wavy Gravy, who, among other things, is an activist, martyr, and cultural phenomenon. On top of all of this, he is also a clown. The documentary took ten years in the making and travels all around the globe to tell his long and mysterious tale.
"Saint Misbehavin'" will be in theaters on a limited release starting this month and throughout the upcoming year. You can check the movie's website to see if it is playing near you. But you mustn't worry if it is not. You can request to have it played at your local theater. Tell them the Yeti would be obliged if they do.
Currently, Mr. Becker is directing a documentary titled "To Be Forever Wild." The film takes place in the Catskill mountains of New York and encapsulates the style and theme of a Henry David Thoreau essay about nature. Mr. Becker and an all volunteer crew lived in a cabin for two weeks to study and film how people interact with nature. This included cliff jumpers, artists, writers, and hikers.
The Catskills gave birth to America's first art movement, and still inspires creativity today as it did a century earlier. "To Be Forever Wild" looks at how people currently interact with this area.
Wavy Gravy once said, "Sure, I could of done it different... put my clown in a closet and dressed up in straight clothing. I could of compromised my essence, and swallowed my soul." Everybody deserves to do what they are passionate about. Mr. Becker accomplishes this with his work. He continuously works to inspire people to look at the world differently by telling life stories that otherwise might never have been told. In a world full of circus attendants in suits, Mr. Becker doesn't hesitate to be the clown.
David Becker | Age 33 | Saugerties, New York
Was a groomsmen in the wedding of a locally feared kung fu master.