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Published: 2008/03/14
by Dean Budnick

Preserving Wetlands Preserve

In March of 2004, Jonathan Healey and I trekked up to Brattleboro, Vermont to for the first of our ten hours of interviews with Wetlands Preserve founder Larry Bloch. Nearly four years to the day later, our film, Wetlands Preserved opens today in New York City at Cinema Village.

It’s been an amazing journey. When I began my wife was on bed-rest expecting our second child and now, well, as you can gather my son, the mighty Quinn is nearly four old.

There are so many people, who have been instrumental the process (even if the poster says “A Film By Dean Budnick”- all hail the mighty director/producerHa!)

So I figured I would offer up a listing of the many folks who worked on and supported this film, with their time, effort and music. I have interspersed all of these with some cool Wetlands photos most of which do NOT appear in the film, which should give you some incentive to scroll through the names…

Of course there are many, many more images and plenty of music in the final film. So if you’re in NYC over the coming days (or in the vicinity of LA, starting on March 28), please come check out the documentary (even if you’ve seen it before, as we’ve made some changes here and there for the better).

Robert Difazio
Peter Shapiro
Jonathan Healey
Joyce Dollinger
Justin Bolognino
John Turk
Karol Martesko-Fenster
Steve Eichner
Mike McNamara
Jesse Jarnow
Steven Beer
Ted Weinrib
Mary Miles
Seymour Wishman
Marc Mauceri
Ted Weinbaum
Paul Marchant
First Run Features

Agnostic Front
Allen Woody
Ani DiFranco
Ben Harper
Col. Bruce Hampton and The Aquarium Rescue Unit
Dave Matthews Band
The Disco Biscuits
Dreyer Brothers
God Street Wine
Gov’t Mule
Gregg Allman
Joan Osborne
Leftover Salmon
New Potato Caboose
Ominous Seapods
Pearl Jam
Percy Hill
Project Logic
Robert Hunter

Robert Randolph & The Family Band
The Roots
Soul Coughing
The New Deal
The Toasters
2 Skinnee J’s
Uncle Sammy
Widespread Panic
Zen Tricksters

Mabili Kregg Ajamu
Rob Barraco
Chris Barron
Tim Barry
Beau Beau
Larry Bloch
Laura Bloch
Steve Bloom
Rob Bookman
Marty Bostoff
Marc Brownstein
Oteil Burbridge
Remy Chevalier
Edward “Eddie Eyeball” Cisneros
Aaron Comess
Carole De Saram
Rob Derhak
Mike Doughty
Jimmy G Drescher
Walter Durkacz
John Dwork

Jen Durkin
Eddie Eyeball
Steve Eichner
Chan Kinchla
Carl Glassman
Richard Gehr
Mike Gordon
Jon Gutwillig
Isaac Hanson
Taylor Hanson
Zac Hanson
Warren Haynes
Vince Herman
Nick Hexum
Brendan Hill
David Hoffman
Kenneth Jackson
Joel “Special J” Johnson
Sherri Kohl
Eric Krasno
Jeff Mattson
Dave Matthews

John Medeski
Ryan Miller
Michael Musto
Dave Nolan
Danny Owen
John Popper
Robert Randolph
Andrew Rasiej
Cindy Rosin
Jenny Rubin
Darius Rucker
Joe Russo
Charley Ryan

Concert Joe Sarkis
Eric Schenkman
Al Schnier
Dave Schools
Pete Shapiro
Jim Sonefeld
Rodney Speed
Terry Stewart
Vinnie Stigma
Jake Szufnarowski
Denise Teperino
Ricky Tepperberg
Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson
Alexis Thompson
Jon Topper
Derek Trucks
Bob Weir
Russ Weiss
Adam Weissman
Kirk West
Mark White
Eric Wilson
Chris Zahn

Greg Aiello
Greg Attonitoi
Matt Busch
Paul Ducharme
Reid Genauer
JoJo Hermann
Jimmy Herring
Glenn Hidalgo
Jerry Joseph
Jeff Krasno
Stefan Lessard
Annabel Lukins

Aron Magner
Melissa Rosenberg
Stef Scamardo
Howie Schnee
Andrew Southern
Gina Thompson
Boyd Tinsley
Butch Trucks
Gary Waldman
Al & Jan Budnick
Andrew Wagner
Annissa Mason
Ashville Film Festival
Barron Ruth
BB King Blues Club & Grill
Beacon Theatre
Bert Holman
Beth Montuori Rowles at Phish Inc. / JEMP Records
Bill Woods and NewFilmakers
Blaine Kaplan at Modern Artist Management
Blake Budney
Bob Seidman
Brad A. Rubens, Esq. at Law Office of Brad A. Rubens, LLC
Breckenridge Film Festival

Brian Brader at Rawkus Records
Brian L. Schwartz at Bleemusic
Bridget Pleines at Groove On Music
Bruce Colfin, Esq. at Jacobson and Colfin, P.C.
Buck Williams, Leslie Turner, Jon Prine and Hunter Williams at Progressive Global Artists
Cameron Sears at Sirius Management
Caroline & Quinn Budnick
Chris Blackwell
Craig Dreyer Chris Blackwell
Creamer at Creamer Mgmt
Dalton Sim at Dalton Sim Management / Nettwerk Management

Dan Getz, Esq. at Universal Music Group
Dan Kurtz, Jamie Shields, Darren Shearer and David Timmons of The New Deal
David Hoffman
David Kostiner at Davis Shapiro Lewit & Hayes, LLP
Deborah Toscano at Devil Dolls Booking
Dennis McNally
George Couri at Capital Sports and Entertainment
Gerald B. Weiner, Esq. at Probstein & Weiner
Hervay Petion
Howard Cohen at RightSideSolutions / Kimock Management
Janine Small, Esq. at Carroll, Guido & Groffman, LLP
Jason Stokar at Jason Colton
EMI Music Publishing
Jeff and Randi Mattson
Jeff Gandel, Esq.

Jeff Krasno at Velour Management
Jeff Kravitz
Jeff Waful
Jeffrey Schulberg, Esq. at SonyBMG Music Entertainment
Jennifer Kimock
Jeremy Patton
Jesse Gibbon
Jill Brogan at Guerrilla Management
Jim Grant at JGM
Jim Walsh
John Joy
John Topper at Top Artist Promotions / Fatboy Records
John Trupp
Jon Phillips at Silverback Management
Jonathan Blank, Esq. at The Law Offices of Jonathan Blank
Jonathan Schwartz
Jordan Berliant at 10th Street Entertainment
Josh Baron

Karen Pals at Carroll, Guido & Groffman, LLP
Kate Hiltz
Kathryn Stoddard
Kelly Curtis at Curtis Management
Kenneth Higney at Arc Music Group
Kim Jones at Bug Music
Kristoffer Roggemann at Warner Music Group
Larry Haut
Laurent Rejto, Meira Blaustein & The Woodstock Film Festival
Leanne Barrett
Liz Penta
Lo Faber
Lori Rosolino at Universal Music Publishing Group
Mark De Gli Antoni
Marshall Sehorn and Barbara at Rhinelander Music
Marty Bostoff

Matt Bier, Shari Rothseid and Wanda McSwain at MTV Music & Media Licensing
Matt Dentler & SXSW
Max Verna
Matthew Dollinger and the staff of Dollinger, Gonski and Grossman
Mike Greenhaus
New York Hardcore Tattoos and Piercings
Nina Streich and the Global Peace Film Festival
Patrick Jordan and Chris Sampson at Red Light Management
Randy Ray
Rachel Cox and Jason Richardson at DAS Communications Ltd.
Rebecca Shapiro
Rhode Island International Film Festival
Rich Nichols

Robert “Bucket” Hingley
Roger Durling, Mike Takeuchi and the Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Roger Miret
Sam Lanier at Brown Cat, Inc.
Sara Otto at Righteous Babe Records
Scott Blietz at Warner-Chappell Music
Stefani Scamardo, Jason Bau, Adam Kowalski and Doe Valdes at Hard Head Management
Steve Bernstein and Zenbu Media
Thomas Jenkins, Jr. at Sun Ra LLC a/c Enterplanetary Koncepts
Tim Allen at Integrated Copyright Group
Tom Arey
Tom Pirozzi
Tribeca Trib
Tuxedo Junction
Village Voice
Vince Herman
Walker Hanson and Kevin R. Snyder at 3CG Records

There you have it.

Keep the dream alive, visit

While you’re at it, check out the official Wetlands Preserved website,

Later days and peace,

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