The biographical survival film ‘Into the Wild’ follows the trials of living off the grid in the Alaskan wilderness experienced by Christopher McCandless in the 1990s. Written and directed by Sean Penn, ‘Into the Wild’ will be shown at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, August 1 at the Wildish Theater as the final Springfilm On the Move title. Springfilm will return with a new theme in September! The film is based on a nonfiction title of the same name about the actual journey across America taken by McCandless (Emile Hirsch). In the early 1990s McCandless surprised his friends and family by giving away nearly all his money to Oxfam and deciding to drive across America to live in the wild. The journey and its attendant tribulations and disasters took him across America before he decided to live in a remote part of Alaska in an abandoned school bus. Roger Ebert described the film as “spellbinding” and commended Hirsch on a “hypnotic performance”. The film was nominated for several national and international awards, and won the Best Original Song at the Golden Globe Awards for the song ‘Guaranteed’, written by Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder.
Starring Emile Hirsch, Marcia Gay Harden, William Hurt and Jena Malone; written and directed by Sean Penn; 148 minutes; 2007; Rated R.
Watch the film and stay for a short after-film discussion! The movie and discussion are free to attend. The ongoing film series is presented by Plank Town Restaurant and Brewery and coordinated by a partnership between the Springfield Library, the Springfield Library Foundation, and Willamalane Park& Recreation District.