One of my favorite bookstores in the world is easily Oakland’s Book/Shop. Owner Erik Heywood sells a rotating selection of unique titles along with bookcases, tote bags, and artwork in a beautifully designed space tucked down an alleyway. It’s pretty much a bibliophile’s dream (as is their Instagram feed).
When the hubs and I were visiting last fall, Erik kindly asked us to contribute a short film to Book/Shop’s inaugural the Book Was Better® Film Festival. The rules were simple: make a short film based on a chapter of a book. We chose Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, specifically the conclusion to the book, and gave ourselves the challenge of shooting and editing it all in a single day. We wanted to capture the feeling of being solitary in nature while also highlighting one of our favorite secret groves hidden in the hills above Los Angeles. Take a look at the finished film below!