“THE TRUE HARVEST OF MY DAILY LIFE IS AS INTANGIBLE AND INDESCRIBABLE AS THE TINTS OF MORNING OR EVENING. IT IS A LITTLE STARDUST CAUGHT, A SEGMENT OF THE RAINBOW WHICH I HAVE GRASPED.”
Walden as film
Walden: Life In The Woods is a feature length narrative film that confronts our species' addiction to comfort and panic, daring us to burn to ashes the things that starve us of our true selves.
The movie spreads Thoreau’s prismatic curiosity about nature and human nature over every corner of our lives today.
Colorado as Walden
Our story’s backdrop is the Rocky Mountains: an American wilderness that was mythologized, mapped, settled and eventually preserved by those inspired to pursue Thoreau’s romantic vision of the great outdoors. While Thoreau never made it west of the Mississippi, it is in part thanks to his vision that many others did. Before him the woods were seen as a savage no-man’s-land. Thoreau rejected this notion and instead was the first to suggest “going off to wilderness where I can have a better opportunity to play life.” Nowadays, this ritual of 'escape to the countryside' is so fundamental and ubiquitous to people living in borderlands between civilization and sublime landscapes that it is often taken for granted. But it all started with Walden. Today there is no better example of such an in-between space than the great state of Colorado where our story unfolds...