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Carl Heilman film is now on DVD

August 12, 2009
By JESSICA COLLIER, Enterprise Staff Writer

TUPPER LAKE - A popular film shown regularly at The Wild Center featuring works by Carl Heilman II is now available on DVD.

Museum Managing Director Stephanie Ratcliffe said the film is one of the most requested things in the museum store, Wild Supply Co., but hasn't been available until now.

Heilman was at The Wild Center Tuesday for a showing of his film, "The Wild Adirondacks," which was finished about a week before the museum opened several years ago and has played throughout the day at the museum every day since.

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Carl Heilman II signs a book for a devoted fan after his presentation Tuesday at The Wild Center in Tupper Lake.
(Enterprise photo — Jessica Collier)

Heilman said he wanted to keep the film special to the museum for a while then make it available on DVD, but hadn't had time to help re-edit the film for DVD until recently.

On the panoramic screen at the museum, the visuals of the film are created through three projectors in order to cover the whole thing, so the film needed to be re-edited in order to work for home video. Heilman said there were a few more small changes to the film in packaging it for DVD, but the majority of the movie remains intact.

After the movie's showing, Heilman spoke with the audience about the film and about his experience with the Adirondacks and photography.

"Photography really became a way for me to express my passion for wilderness," Heilman said.

His talk ranged from technical photography jargon to telling the story of finding a fawn nestled in the woods, which he captured on film in a photograph that made it into the movie.

"When I pick up a camera, my goal was to recreate what it felt like to be there in that time and place," Heilman said.

Heilman co-produced "The Wild Adirondacks" with Rick Godin, a trustee at The Wild Center.


Contact Jessica Collier at 891-2600 ext. 25 or



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