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Fall Film Series: Into the Wild

The MWCC Humanities Project and Fall Film Series continue on Tuesday, Oct. 7 with a screening of “Into the Wild” from 12:30 to 2:45 p.m. in Room 127 at the Gardner campus.

A 2007 American biographical drama and survival film, “Into the Wild” is based on the travels of the Thoreau-inspired Christopher McCandles, as described in the book of the same name by Jon Krakauer. The film is written and directed by Sean Penn and stars Emile Hirsch as McCandless.

Much like Thoreau, who lived in a cabin for two years to immerse himself in nature and wrote “Walden” based on his experiences, McCandless journeyed throughout the United States with only the most essential supplies, including a journal to document his travels and a copy of “Walden.”

The film screening is the third event of the MWCC Humanities Project, as well as the second showing in the Student-Life sponsored Fall 2014 Film Series.

Established through a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the MWCC Humanities Project will feature a full slate of free events spotlighting various works written or inspired by Thoreau. The project also includes a campus-wide initiative at MWCC, as the college works to integrate enduring themes raised by Thoreau into multiple academic disciplines and curricula.

For more information about the MWCC Humanities Project and a full schedule of events, visit