SouthArts Film Series: LOOK AND SEE: A Portrait of Wendell Berry

(270) 904-5000
416 East Main St | Bowling Green, KY 42101
Location: Capitol Arts Center
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August 29, 2017

Location: 416 East Main St, Capitol Arts Center, KY

Phone: (270) 904-5000

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM

Price: FREE

Film screening is free and open to the public as part of the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers presented by several local sponsors.

Film running time: 1:20:00

Directed by Laura Dunn & Jef Sewell

LOOK AND 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 documentary was filmed in and around the rolling hills of Henry County, Kentucky.

In 1965, Wendell Berry walked away from the foreordained path for American writers. After living in California, Europe and New York, Wendell decided he would return home to Port Royal, Kentucky. He and his wife Tanya bought a small farmhouse and began a life of farming, writing and teaching. This lifelong relationship with both 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the agrarian virtues of simplicity, land stewardship, sustainable farming, local economies and rootedness to place have been replaced by a capital-intensive model of industrial agriculture characterized by machine labor, chemical fertilizers, soil erosion and debt – all of which have frayed the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.

As a creative, Berry is one of the most decorated and recognized authors of our time, having won countless awards, including the National Humanities Medal, the Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award, the Roosevelt Institute’s Freedom Medal and the Cleanth Brooks Medal for Lifetime Achievement. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 2015 became the first living writer named to the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame

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SouthArts Film Series: LOOK AND SEE: A Portrait of Wendell Berry