LOOK & SEE
A Portrait of Wendell Berry
Directed by Austin-based filmmaker Laura Dunn
Produced by Robert Redford, Terrence Malick, and Nick Offerman
Opening at the Alamo South Lamar
September 1, 2017
Austin-based filmmaker Laura Dunn’s first feature documentary, THE UNFORESEEN, was a powerful examination of the development around Barton Springs and had an incredible seven-week run at the Alamo South Lamar before going on to win an Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary.
Dunn’s lyrical new feature doc, LOOK & SEE, is a cinematic portrait of the changing landscapes and shifting values of rural America in the era of industrial agriculture, as seen through the mind’s eye of writer, farmer, and activist Wendell Berry.
The first documentary about Berry, undoubtedly one of America’s most significant living writers, LOOK & SEE was filmed in and around the rolling hills of Henry County, Kentucky – where Berry has lived and farmed since the mid-1960’s. Filmmaker Laura Dunn skillfully weaves Berry’s poetic and prescient words with gorgeous cinematography and the testimonies of his family and neighbors, all of whom are being deeply affected by the industrial and economic changes to their agrarian way of life.
Often called “a prophet for rural America,” Berry has long been a voice for the communities that are so often overlooked by the media. LOOK & SEE subverts biopic conventions and immerses audiences into Berry’s world, providing a space to talk about the land and those who live on it.
It’s a conversation that is more urgent than ever, as we find ourselves in a deeply divided nation where so many Americans are disconnected from the farmers who feed them.
Robert Redford, Terrence Malick, and Nick Offerman served as producers on LOOK & SEE, which, following its award-winning March 2016 premiere at the SXSW Film Festival, was retitled and updated to reflect the conversations that have emerged since the election. The film also screened at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
RT: 80 minutes / Not Yet Rated