April 4-14, 2019

Walden: Life in the Woods

Synopsis

Academy Award nominee Demián Bichir stars in this radical, western re-imagining of Henry David Thoreau’s classic. The film interlaces three narratives about the trappings of modern life and the unlikely transcendentalists who dream dangerously of escape.

Alice sifts 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. Meanwhile Luke leads his partner Guy on a surreal journey into the Rocky Mountains as well as into parts of himself he dares not confront. At the same time Ramirez moves through the morass of a middle class existence—mortgage, insurance, home repair—and spends a biblically hilarious day navigating the bureaucratic inferno of civilized society.

The three narratives eventually merge in literal way, but also metaphorically in a moment of 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.

Screenwriter and producer Adam Chanzit to be in attendance for screenings!

Screenings