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LOOK & SEE: A Portrait of Wendell Berry

  • Fenimore 5798 New York 80 Cooperstown, NY, 13326 United States (map)
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Novelist Wendell Berry (b. 1934 in rural Kentucky) is one of America’s most thoughtful, outspoken, and philosophical environmental activists. Having now spent most of his life as a farmer after returning home in 1965, he continues to work on his novels, short stories, poems, and essays. LOOK & SEE revolves around the divergent stories of several residents of his home, Henry County. All are trying to cope with serious situations that could radically remake their relationship with the land. In the span of a few years, the old agrarian values of simplicity, stewardship, sustainable farming, local economies and rootedness to place have been replaced by a capital-intensive model of industrial agriculture characterized by machine labor, chemical fertilizers, soil erosion and debt. “Filmed across four seasons, 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”—Laura Dunn and Jef Sewell. Sponsored by Otsego Land Trust and the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society. (Laura Dunn and Jef Sewell, 2016, USA, 82 minutes) 

Earlier Event: November 11
Lunch Between Films
Later Event: November 11
Cloud Forest/Bosque de Niebla