We speak with the Maine filmmaker behind the documentary “Henry David Thoreau: Surveyor of the Soul,” which airs on Maine Public Television December 6. The film dispels a number of myths about Thoreau, including that he was a misanthrope and a goof off who never worked. We’ll also learn about Thoreau’s experience in the Maine Woods and his interaction with the Maine Guides who led him on his excursions here.
Guests: Huey Coleman, filmmaker. He is a founder of the Maine Student Film and Video Festival, which is now in its fortieth year and was its director for 31 years. He has been an artist-in-residence in more than 150 schools in New England. He is a recipient of a Maine Artist Fellowship in film from the Maine Arts Commission and a member of both the Maine Teacher Artist Roster and the New Hampshire Artist Roster.
Kristen Case, Assistant Professor of English at University of Maine, Farmington. She has published articles on Henry David Thoreau, Robert Frost and Ezra Pound and is the author of "American Pragmatism and Poetic Practice: Crosscurrents from Emerson to Susan Howe." Her poems have appeared in Chelsea, The Brooklyn Review, Pleiades, Saint Ann’s Review and The Iowa Review.