Values-based filmmaker Micheal Flaherty takes the road less traveled

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  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    Nov. 21, 2011 9:48 a.m.

    Thank you Free Agency. I doubt that many who watch these films have ever even cracked open Walden Pond or know anything about what Thoreau was trying to remove himself from. It reminds me a little of how N. Korea uses The Diary of Anne Frank to espouse their theories and indoctrinate youth. I just wonder what Thoreau would think if this guy could sit him down and say, "Hey Henry-I made this Narnia movie because I was inspired by you!" He'd probably choke on his popcorn.

  • Mom of Six Northern Utah, UT
    Nov. 20, 2011 11:55 a.m.

    I love Waldon media. One of our family favorites is Amazing Grace. Thank you Deseret News for bringing this story to light. (I had no idea.) I will continue to support Walden through my $$$. I applaud Mr. Flaherty and his tireless effort to bring real value to media today. I wish there were more of him!

  • Free Agency Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 20, 2011 8:25 a.m.

    I don't know whether to laugh or cry over this article. For an evangelical Christian, with the financial support of an arch-conservative, to claim that Thoreau and Walden Pond were his inspiration, shows a clear misunderstanding of who Thoreau was and what he taught.

    To Thoreau, "marching to a different drum" meant listening to the guidance within yourself, no matter what others were saying, preaching, doing and demanding of you. That's why he retreated to Walden Pond: so he could hear that voice within himself ever more clearly.

    Could such a man possibly have anything in common with a theology which teaches that whoever doesn't believe in it will be tortured eternally by God? Could Thoreau possibly have supported financier Anschutz's campaign against the right of two people who are in love to marry, because they're both of the same gender?

    Lockstep thinking, even if it seemingly goes against other lockstep thinking in our culture, is *not* marching to a different drum. You don't learn the lessons of Walden Pond by going to the movies--or to a church, for that matter. Again, it can only come from within.

  • AZnewser Snowflake, AZ
    Nov. 20, 2011 7:29 a.m.

    After seeing the Narnia movies, my children and I had great discussions about the Christian symbolism. There are other fantastic themes in those films as well. His objective to create family discussion was achieved, with my family at least.

  • CP Tooele, UT
    Nov. 20, 2011 5:53 a.m.

    I love his movies. Charolette's Wed and Chronicles of Narnia are some of our family's favorite movies. I am so glad that there are film makers out there who still care about family values and high standards.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Nov. 19, 2011 5:27 p.m.

    Michael moore has many of the same qualities.

  • Blue Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 19, 2011 5:13 p.m.

    "Walden Media is a company unlike any other operating in the American film industry. For starters, it's not based in Hollywood. The offices for senior management and the publication division are in Boston, where Flaherty was born and raised."

    I hate to quibble, but that's not really accurate.

    Walden Media's corporate HQ is in Los Angeles. Mr. Flaherty may work out of his Boston office, but the company is very much "Hollywood" in its location and operations.