The Portland EcoFilm Festival presents the Portland premiere of
Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry
Friday, April 21st at 7:30 pm, Hollywood Theatre
Presented in partnership with Literary Arts
Post-film discussion with Film Director/Producer/Editor Laura Dunn and Producer/Co-Director Jef Sewell via Skype
LOOK & SEE is a documentary film of the world as lensed through the works of farmer, writer and activist Wendell Berry. It revolves around the divergent stories of several residents of Henry County, Kentucky who each face difficult choices that will dramatically reshape their relationship with the land and their community.
In 1965, Wendell Berry returned home to Henry County, where he bought a small farm house and began a life of farming, writing and teaching. This lifelong relationship with the land and community would come to form the core of his prolific writings. A half century later Henry County, like many rural communities across America, has become a place of quiet ideological struggle. In the span of a generation, the agrarian virtues of simplicity, land stewardship, sustainable farming, local economies and rootedness to place have been replaced by a capital-intensive model of industrial agriculture characterized by machine labor, chemical fertilizers, soil erosion and debt - all of which have frayed the fabric of rural communities. Writing from a long wooden desk beneath a forty-paned window, Berry has watched this struggle unfold, becoming one its most passionate and eloquent voices in defense of agrarian life.
Filmed across four seasons in the farming cycle, LOOK & SEE blends observational scenes of farming life, interviews with farmers and community members with evocative, carefully framed shots of the surrounding landscape. Thus, in the spirit of Berry’s agrarian philosophy, Henry County itself will emerge as a character in the film - a place and a landscape that is deeply interdependent with the people that inhabit it.
Special guests: Filmmakers Laura Dunn and Jef Sewell join us for a post-film Skype Q & A
Special guest: Stephanie Adams-Santos, 2017 Oregon Literary Fellowship Recipient, Poetry Category
Run time: 1hr 22 min
On 4/22/Earth Day (the day following our 4/21 film screening), Public Social University will present part one in their new series of free, all-ages learning opportunities exploring media in our lives and communities at UNA Gallery. This creative learning event will include a discussion of the film and feature other dynamic opportunities for participants to engage with the very important themes of Wendell Berry’s work, Earth Day 2017 and environmental and climate literacy. More info on Public Social University's website.