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.
Whistler Film Festival 2018 Interview: WALDEN LIFE IN THE WOODS director Alex Harvey
Get Reel Movies writer Jason Whyte asks our director Alex Harvey why Whistler is the perfect Canadian premiere for WALDEN. Read more here.
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.
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.
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.
#andColorado spotlights Walden
#andColorado says, "This film bleeds Colorado," and names Walden: Life in the Woods its best of the Denver Film Festival.
DIRECTOR ALEX HARVEY TALKS WALDEN WITH COLORADO PUBLIC RADIO
Listen to the interview with Andrea Dukakis on CPR's Colorado Matters.
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!
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.
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.
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.