Walden: Life in the Woods | Denver Film Society | Alex Harvey | USA

Walden: Life in the Woods

Alex Harvey

EnglishUSA2017104 min


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Walden: Life in the Woods is a radical Western re-imagining of Henry David Thoreau’s eponymous classic. Taking place over 24 hours, it interlaces three narratives about the trappings of 21st-century life and the unlikely heroes who dream dangerously of escape.

Elderly Alice, haunted by visions of her late husband, yearns to uncover riddles from her past and break free from the walls of her dementia—and her nursing home. Alice’s grandson Guy is led by his lover Luke on a hike through the Rocky Mountains and into parts of himself he had dared not confront. After his benefits get cut, nursing-home worker and family man Ramirez navigates the morass of a middle-class existence—mortgage, health insurance, failing home appliances—while braving the bureaucratic inferno in a desperate effort to keep his family afloat.

As Thoreau knew, intuition comes in glimpses and flashes, fits and starts. These narratives merge in moments of crises and spiritual epiphany where their characters confront what Thoreau thought was ultimately more profound than the wilderness: our inner wild.

A team of Colorado filmmakers, including director Alex Harvey, producers Mitch Dickman (Hanna Ranch, DFF37; Rolling Papers) and Shane Boris, writer Adam Chanzit, and musician-animator Laura Goldhamer, shot Walden on location. T.J. Miller (Deadpool, Cloverfield, Silicon Valley), Chris Sullivan (This Is Us) and Demián Bichir (The Hateful Eight; Alien: Covenant; Weeds; Un Cuento de Circo & a Love Song, DFF39) co-star.

Sponsored by Colorado Film and Video Association, Colorado Office of Film, Television and Media, Argonaut Wine & Liquor, SAG-AFTRA

Cast and crew will be in attendance

Producer: Shane Boris, Adam Chanzit, Mitch Dickman, Laura Goldhamer, Alex Harvey | Editor: Ian Olds, Eytan Ipeker | Cinematographer: Miklós Buk | Screenwriter: Adam Chanzit
Cast: Demian Bichir, Lynn Cohen, Anthony LoVerde, Erik Hellman, Chris Sullivan, TJ Miller

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