“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."

-Henry David Thoreau

On July 4, 1845, Henry David Thoreau moved to the secluded shore of Walden Pond and planted the seeds of the modern environmental movement. He wrote constantly about the interaction of nature and man—observations that today implore us to rethink our dependence on wealth and material possessions, to revisit what it means to be governed and to reevaluate our relationship with the natural world. “What is the use of a house,” he wrote, “if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?”

Walden is a 20-minute documentary short directed by Erik and Christopher Loren Ewers for the visitor's center at Walden Pond. The film is produced by Julie Coffman, executive produced by Ken Burns and co-produced by Don Henley and Kathi Anderson. 

Director: Erik and Christopher Loren Ewers

Producer: Julie Coffman

Executive Producer: Ken Burns

Co-Producers: Don Henley & Kathi Anderson

Narrator: Robert Redford

Editor: Erik Ewers

Director of Photography: Christopher Loren Ewers


Agency: Ewers Brothers Productions