AEGIS Video and Film Production Awards recognized “Walden the Ballad of Thoreau” with the 2009 AEGIS Award for screenwriting. AEGIS Awards are the oldest video and film contests in the U.S., recognizing video productions and public TV programming. The competition is judged by fellow producers, directors, cameramen, editors and other industry professionals.
"It was a dream come true, but a privilege with great responsibility, when the chance to reintroduce Thoreau and his work came my way,” says playwright Michael Johnathon. “To have thousands of colleges and schools perform the play is a testament, not to my writing, but to Thoreau himself. He is an environmental rock star, and this award - our first for the Walden film - is really an award for how compelling and rich Thoreau's image and words remain to all of us." In addition to premiering online across the globe via Earth Day TV (http://www.earthdaytv.net/), the program will also be broadcast on Public TV, Public Radio and in movie theaters across the U.S. on Earth Day (April 22).
The program was made possible with underwriting support from E.ON-US, plus educational support from Earth Day Network and American Forests.
The Walden broadcast has already aired on Chicago PBS, Ohio PBS, LA and will air on KET Tuesday April 21 at 9PM and on Insight Communications cable system all next week.
The high-definition production will also be released as a two-disc DVD Walden Gift Set. For every package purchased, an additional copy is sent free to a school or library with lesson plans to supplement each gift set.