Henry David Thoreau: Surveyor of the Soul, A Film By Huey

Produced, directed, and edited by Huey, 114 minutes, 2017.  Lead Scholar Consultant, Laura Dassow Walls.  Featuring: Rochelle L. Johnson, Bill McKibben, Howard Zinn, Megan Marshall, Sandra Harbert Petrulionis, Spencer Crew, Darren Ranco (Penobscot), and more.  Music supervision Dillon Bustin, featuring Grey Larsen performing on Irish flute.  Major funding provided by the University of Notre Dame.

Thoreau wrote that he “was born in the nick of time” in Concord, Massachusetts and went on to famously write about building a cabin and living at Walden Pond. This film tells the story of his life and his time at Walden Pond as well as the impact his writings have had on environmental issues, civil rights and individual thinking in our time.


Upcoming Screenings


*Friday, August 24, 8PM-10PM, Huey is a guest on  “Jazz Tonight with Rich Tozier.” On Maine Public Classical Radio stations talking about making In Good Time: The Piano Jazz of Marian McPartland, playing clips from the film, and playing tunes composed and performed by Marian McPartland. http://www.mainepublic.org/programs/jazz-tonight-rich-tozier

*In Good Time: The Piano Jazz of Marian McPartland, will be broadcast on Maine Public Television on August 30 at 10PM and on September 1 at 11AM.  http://www.mainepublic.org/maine-public-television-schedule#stream/0

Upcoming Screenings of Surveyor of the Soul – Huey present at all screenings – 2018

*October 1, 3PM, St. Joseph’s College, Windham, ME

*October 20, 11AM, Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock, PA, with Sandra Harbert Petrulionis, Distinguished Professor of English and American Studies at Penn State Altoona and Professor Rochelle Johnson, Professor of English & Environmental Studies at the College of Idaho, both featured in Surveyor of the Soul

*October 25, 12:30PM, Woodin Environmental Studies Colloquium, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT.  Also on the same day in the evening a screening of Surveyor of the Soul with Matt Schlein, director, Walden Project, Vergennes High School, Vergennes, VT with Walden Project students featured in the film.

More to be announced later

Past Screenings


  • April 12 – With Laura Dassow Walls, Notre Dame University, Indiana
  • May 2 – Thoreau 200 Conference, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden


  • July 15, 2017 World Premiere, Waterville Opera House, Waterville, ME • Part of the Maine International Film Festival (MIFF)
  • July 16 Thoreau Society Annual Gathering, Concord, MA
  • July 18 Maine International Film Festival, Waterville, ME
  • July 20 The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, NY
  • July 31 MIFF in the Mountains, Rangeley, ME
  • September 15 & 16 Reel Pizza Cinerama, MIFF in Bar Harbor, Bar Harbor, ME
  • September 22 Emery Community Arts Center, Thoreau Symposium, University of Maine Farmington (ME)
  • October 11 IMRC Center, Room 104, University of Maine, Orono ME
  • October 16 ACHS 205, University of New England, Biddeford ME
  • October 22 – 2PM • Fenn School, Concord MA (sponsored by Concord Museum)
  • October 26 – 7PM • Talbot Hall, Luther Bonney Hall, University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME
  • November 2 – Lewis-Clark State College, Lewiston, Idaho


Production Photos