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WALDEN

LIFE IN THE WOODS

 

"a magical Thoreau-infused yarn for the modern world, beautifully rendered and philosophical."

-The Huffington Post

I had three chairs in my cabin.
One for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.
— HENRY DAVID THOREAU

THE STORY

Walden: Life in the Woods is a radical, western re-imagining of Henry David Thoreau’s classic "Walden." Taking place over twenty-four hours, the film interlaces Solitude, Friendship and Society: three contemporary narratives about the trappings of modern life and the unlikely transcendentalists who dream dangerously of escape.

In "Solitude," eighty-year old Alice plays detective of the soul, wading through her murky past, trying to uncover a core memory, which leads her to attempt to break free from the walls of her dementia—and her nursing home. In “Friendship,” Luke leads his partner Guy on a surreal journey into the Rocky Mountains as well as into parts of himself he dares not confront. In “Society,” family man Ramirez moves through the morass of a middle class existence—mortgage, health insurance, failing home appliances—and spends a biblically hilarious day navigating the bureaucratic inferno of civilized society.  

Throughout the day, the ordinariness of our characters’ minutes ticking by collides with sudden sublime and surreal interruptions. As Thoreau knew, intuition comes in glimpses and flashes, fits and starts. The three narratives have literal intersection, yet they merge most pointedly in the climax of the film in a moment of spiritual epiphany at three different “ponds." In moments of crisis, the characters confront what Thoreau thought was ultimately more profound than the wilderness: our inner wild.

 

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.
— HENRY DAVID THOREAU

THE CAST

Demián Bichir - Ramirez

Demián Bichir - Ramirez

Lynn Cohen - Alice

Lynn Cohen - Alice

Erik Hellman - Guy

Erik Hellman - Guy

Anthony LoVerde - Luke

Anthony LoVerde - Luke

T.J. Miller - Charlie

T.J. Miller - Charlie

Chris Sullivan - Tony

Chris Sullivan - Tony

Jamie Horton - Edelberg

Jamie Horton - Edelberg

Amber Gray - Melinda

Amber Gray - Melinda

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them.
— HENRY DAVID THOREAU

THE FILMMAKERS

Alex Harvey Director

Alex Harvey

Director

Adam Chanzit   Screenwriter

Adam Chanzit  

Screenwriter

Laura Goldhamer Composer, Animator, Builder

Laura Goldhamer

Composer, Animator, Builder

Shane Boris Producer

Shane Boris

Producer

Mitch Dickman Producer

Mitch Dickman

Producer

 
Sofiya Akilova Co-Producer

Sofiya Akilova

Co-Producer

Payton Dunham Co-Producer

Payton Dunham

Co-Producer

Alison Greenberg Co-Producer

Alison Greenberg

Co-Producer

Patrick Hackett Co-Producer

Patrick Hackett

Co-Producer

Michael Haskins Co-Producer

Michael Haskins

Co-Producer

 
Miklos Buk [hsc] Cinematographer

Miklos Buk [hsc]

Cinematographer

Eytan İpeker Editor

Eytan İpeker

Editor

Ian Olds Supervising Editor

Ian Olds

Supervising Editor

Maite Perez-Nievas Production Designer

Maite Perez-Nievas

Production Designer

 
Demián Bichir Executive Producer

Demián Bichir

Executive Producer

John Caulkins Executive Producer

John Caulkins

Executive Producer

John Finn Executive Producer

John Finn

Executive Producer

Jessica Green Executive Producer

Jessica Green

Executive Producer

Karl Kister Executive Producer

Karl Kister

Executive Producer

Scott Macaulay Executive Producer

Scott Macaulay

Executive Producer

Grow wild according to thy nature…
— HENRY DAVID THOREAU

SCREENINGS

Saturday, November 4      6:15 PM       Sie FilmCenter      TICKETS

Saturday, November 4      6:45 PM      Sie FilmCenter      TICKETS

Monday, November 6       1:45 PM       Sie FilmCenter      TICKETS

Friday, November 10        1:00 PM      Sie FilmCenter      TICKETS

The universe is wider than our views of it.
— HENRY DAVID THOREAU

news

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huffington post includes walden in its Denver Film fest favorites

Huffington Post contributor Tracy Shaffer calls Walden: Life in the Woods "a magical Thoreau-infused yarn for the modern world, beautifully rendered and philosophical." Read more here.

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thoreau's walden goes west

Director Alex Harvey talks about the connection today's Colorado has to Thoreau's classic Walden with The Aspen Times.

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FILMS THAT WILL MAKE YOU PROUD TO BE A COLORADAN

303 Magazine highlights Walden: Life in the Woods as one of three Colorado-centric films garnering attention at the Denver Film Festival. 

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How a local film crew moved Walden Pond to the Colorado mountains

Award-winning arts journalist John Moore interviews director Alex Harvey, giving insight into how Walden: Life in the Woods came into existence. Read the interview here.

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#andColorado spotlights Walden 

#andColorado says, "This film bleeds Colorado," and names Walden: Life in the Woods its best of the Denver Film Festival.

 

 

Walden on Colorado's FOX31 & CHANNEL 2

Watch producer Mitch Dickman and actor Anthony LoVerde (Luke) chat Walden: Life in the Woods with the hosts of Colorado's Best on FOX31 & Channel 2.

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DIRECTOR ALEX HARVEY TALKS WALDEN WITH COLORADO PUBLIC RADIO

Listen to the interview with Andrea Dukakis on CPR's Colorado Matters.

 

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5280 Magazine's 10 must-see movies at #DFF40

Walden: Life in the Woods is named one of 10 must-see films at the 40th edition of the Denver Film Festival by 5280 Magazine!

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exclusive first look at walden trailer

Deadline Hollywood shares the exclusive trailer for Walden: Life in the Woods ahead of its world premiere at the Denver Film Festival.

 

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Walden world premiere announced

The Denver Film Festival announced its 40th edition line-up, including the world premiere of Walden: Life in the Woods. The film is also named a finalist for the festival's True Grit Best Colorado Feature Film Award.

Read the announcement in the Denver Post.

MILE HIGH MOVIE MAGIC

5280 Magazine's May 2017 issue highlights Walden: Life in the Woods as one of the high-profile films putting Colorado cinema in the spotlight. Read the story here

Films bringing thousands of opportunities, millions in revenue to colorADO

La Voz, Colorado's #1 Hispanic-owned bilingual publication, calls Walden: Life in the Woods "the most anticipated" among the feature films shot in Colorado recently. Read the full article here

demián bichir gives walden a shout out

Demián Bichir chatted with Telemundo Denver while in town to promote his directorial debut Un Cuento de Circo & a Love Song, which screened at the Denver Film Festival in November 2016.

Watch the interview and listen for the Walden: Life in the Woods shout out here

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CAST announced

The cast of Walden: Life in the Woods will include Academy Award nominee Demián Bichir (A Better Life; The Hateful Eight; Che), Lynn Cohen (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire; Munich), Erik Hellman (The Dark Knight; Chicago P.D.), and newcomer Tony LoVerde of Denver-based rock band Bonnie and the Beard. The film will also feature T.J. Miller (Silicon Valley; Deadpool), Chris Sullivan (This Is Us; The Knick; Guardians Of The Galaxy), and Jamie Horton(Lincoln; Walker, Texas Ranger).

Read the production announcement on Deadline

approved for $210K in film spending rebates

On May 19, 2016, Walden: Life in the Woods was approved for $210,000 from the Colorado Economic Development Commission. Learn more in the Denver Post.