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Culinary Cinema

Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry

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In 1965, Wendell Berry returned home to Henry County, Kentucky (USA), 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. Half a 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the agrarian virtues of simplicity, land stewardship, sustainable farming, local economies and rootedness to place have been replaced by a capital-intensive model of industrial agriculture characterized by machine labor, chemical fertilizers, soil erosion and debt. Berry has watched this struggle unfold, becoming one of its most passionate and eloquent voices in defense of agrarian life. Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry 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.

Laura Dunn

USA 2016


Documentary form
80 min · Colour · 2K DCP


Wendell Berry
Tanya Berry
Mary Berry
Steve Smith


Laura Dunn
Director of Photography
Lee Daniel
Laura Dunn
Kerry Muzzey
Sound Design
Justin Hennard
Justin Hennard
Jef Sewell
Executive Producers
Terrence Malick, Robert Redford
Owsley Brown, III, Nick Offerman, Elaine Mussellman, Gill Holland
Owsley Brown Presents, San Francisco
Offerman Woodshop, Los Angeles
Tangible Productions, New York


Laura Dunn

Laura Dunn is the founder and Executive Director of Two Birds Film, a documentary film production company based in Austin, Texas. Her films focus on the environment, human health, agriculture and socio-economic issues. Her other documentaries include The Subtext of a Yale Education, Green and The Unforeseen. Highlights from years of international screenings include the Sundance Film Festival and the Museum of Modern Art. Honors include a Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship and a Sundance Documentary Fellowship. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and six young boys.


1999 Baby · The Subtext of a Yale Education 2000 Green 2002 Become the Sky 2007 The Unforeseen

Produced by

Two Birds Film
Austin, USA
+1 512 9637058

World sales

Josh Braun
New York City, USA
+1 212 6251410