Life of Thoreau film to be shown on Wednesday
MIDDLEBURY — The film “Henry David Thoreau; Surveyor of the Soul” will screen on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m., at Twilight Auditorium, Middlebury College, on College Street, followed by brief panel discussion and Q and A with the audience. “Surveyor of the Soul” features Addison County’s own Walden Project and includes interviews with teachers, students, and alumni of the program. The post-screening panel will include filmmaker Huey, Matt Schlein, educator and director of the Walden Project (Vergennes High School) and Rebecca Kneale Gould, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and member of the Board of the Thoreau Society.
Created over the course of 13 years, “Henry David Thoreau: Surveyor of the Soul” tells the story of Thoreau in his time, while also investigating the impact of Thoreau’s writings and lifestyle in our own time. The film features scholars, writers, activists, climate scientists, Penobscots, students in the Walden Project high school program in Vermont, and everyday visitors to Walden Pond discussing their passion for Thoreau, his legacy, and the impact his writings have on their work and lives. ‘
FILMMAKER HUEY FILMS Students in VUHS’ Walden Project as they visit Walden Pond in Concord, Mass.
Photo courtesy the Walden Project
The film also includes a section on Thoreau’s excursions to the Maine Woods. Darren Ranco, chair of Native American Programs at University of Maine and a descendent of Joe Polis (Thoreau’s Penobscot guide on his 1857 trip to Maine) is the lead commentator in this section along with Thoreau scholar, Ron Hoag.
For 40 years, Huey has been making films on artists, education, the environment and Maine. His films have been shown at film festivals throughout the U.S., on PBS, and on television in Europe. His 2002 film, “Wilderness and Spirit: A Mountain Called Katahdin” was selected for screening at the Environmental Film Festival, National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C. Huey is also a founder and director of the Maine Student Film and Video Festival, now in its 41st year, and has been an artist-in-residence in animation and video production in over 150 schools in New England.