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An unconventional documentary portrait of the writer Wendell Berry and a tribute to family farmers everywhere.
An unconventional documentary portrait of the writer Wendell Berry and a tribute to family farmers everywhere.
An unconventional documentary portrait of the writer Wendell Berry and a tribute to family farmers everywhere.
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Laura's first interview now online

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Laura's interview with Lights, Camera, Austin is now available.  In it, she addresses:

  • The film's unconventional approach to biopic
  • Has Wendell seen THE SEER yet?
  • Urban indifference to the struggles of rural family farmers
  • Mary Berry's work through the Berry Center
  • Our dear friend Holly Sabiston

The Interview

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We have already passed 40% funding inside of five days.  Special thanks to those who have mentioned our campaign. 72% of funds have come from people writing, tweeting, emailing and Facebooking about THE SEER.  People like:

We truly are indebted to everyone who has helped spread the word. It is as valuable to us as your pledges to support the film! 

More on THE SEER Poster

"No one on Earth is Like Him, A Creature without Fear" Job 41:33
"No one on Earth is Like Him, A Creature without Fear" Job 41:33

We cannot say enough about Wesley Bates' engravings. But we will try. In early dialogues, Laura asked Wesley how he could draw a portrait of Wendell as someone truly made up of his place. Wesley watched them film and experienced firsthand THE SEER's backlit approach to the subject. During their dialogue, Wesley noted how Laura's sought concept evoked the frontispiece to Thomas Hobbes' LEVIATHAN.

In the image, Hobbes' beast gazes directly at viewers.  But its body is composed entirely of subjects gazing directly into him

"In Pursuit of the Objective..."
"In Pursuit of the Objective..."

While we did not want a negative image, we did very much want an evocative one.  In his rendition of Wendell, Wesley created something that manages to be strikingly conceptual and beautiful all at the same time.  It also bears mentioning that Wesley chose to turn Wendell away from us.  We are not looking AT him. Like the film itself, the image asks viewers to see through Wendell Berry and beyond him to his community and place.

Here are a few close ups to showcase Wesley's attention to detail.

We are submitting a giclée edition of our poster into SXSW's Excellence in Poster Design Contest.  We hope both Wesley and Mark Melnick (typographer/layout) get the attention they deserve from this work.

More soon!

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