Venue: Capitol Arts Center
Film screening is free and open to the public.
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the agrarian virtues of simplicity, land stewardship, sustainable farming, local economies and rootedness to place have been replaced by a capital-intensive model of industrial agriculture characterized by machine labor, chemical fertilizers, soil erosion and debt – all of which have frayed the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
This screening is a part of the 2017-2018 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. The Capitol Arts Center and the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center (SKyPAC) are community screening partners for this film series along with The Bowling Green Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Warren County Public Library, W.K.U. Cultural Arts Enhancement Series, Gallery 916, 440 Main, White Squirrel Brewery, and Susan and Chuck Webb.