Over 20 years ago, photographer and cinematographer Larry Cameron, a friend of William and Paula Merwin, came to Hawai‘i for a visit to the Pe‘ahi property. While on Maui, he and a partner, John Carpenter, filmed a documentary that was eventually released and called Witness: The Ecological Poetry of W.S. Merwin.
This film, which intersperses footage of W.S. Merwin being interviewed on his lanai at home, audio recordings of Merwin reading his own poetry, and beautiful nature photography of Maui’s landscape, was released in 1997 and broadcast on television, and has not surfaced again – until now.
Larry Cameron was recently visiting Maui again, and brought us the digital file of the film, which he gave us permission to use and share with our online community. We have now loaded it to our YouTube Channel and feature it on our new “Video Archives” page of the website.
We are sharing it here, for your convenience: