Don Henley taking part in premiere screening event for short Walden Pond documentary

Credit: Danny ClinchThe EaglesDon Henley and award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns will help host the premiere of Walden, a short movie focusing on the life and writings of author Henry David Thoreau, on Thursday night at Boston College’s Robsham Theater in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

Henley and Burns, who executive produced Walden, will join the film’s co-directors — Erik Ewers and Christopher Loren Ewers — for a post-screening discussion and Q&A session moderated by historian Douglas Brinkley. The event is being organized by the Walden Woods Project, which Henley founded in 1990 to oversee the protection of the Walden Pond area in Concord, Massachusetts, made famous by Thoreau in his 1854 nature-themed book Walden.

The film was created for the Walden Pond Visitor Center at the Walden Pond State Reservation in Concord.

The Walden doc is narrated by Robert Redford, while veteran character actor Kevin Conway is featured as the voice of Thoreau. You can watch a video teaser promoting the flick at Vimeo.com that features Henley discussing the significance of Walden Pond.

“If we look closely at places, they take on meaning,” the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer maintains. “This is the place that inspired the literature that inspired thousands and thousands of people around the world. Henry David Thoreau, he took an ordinary pond and by simply observing it and writing about it, he made it iconic. He made it a universal symbol.”

Tickets for the event are available at BC.edu/tickets or by calling 617-552-4800. After the screening, the movie will be viewable by the public at Walden.org.

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