Please join us for the Houston premiere of The Unforeseen, Austin filmmaker Laura Dunn’s lyrical examination of development versus nature. The film’s story is told through the wonderfully nuanced tale of Austin developer Gary Bradley and the fallout of his building over the recharge zone for Barton Springs. The film features interviews from Robert Redford who spent summers in Austin and learned to swim at Barton Springs, and Ann Richards giving one of her last on camera interviews. Enjoy the gorgeous cinematography of Lee Daniels (Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise, Fast Food Nation) and Houstonian Tom Taylor (underwater footage at Barton Springs). Laura Dunn will be in attendance to answer questions from the audience.
The Unforeseen - 93 minutes
Synopsis: An ambitious west Texas farm boy with grandiose plans tires of living at the mercy of nature and sets out to find a life with more control. He heads to Austin where he becomes a real estate developer and skillfully capitalizes on the growth of this 1970’s boomtown. At the peak of his powers, he transforms 4000 acres of pristine Hill Country into one of the state’s fastest selling subdivisions.
When the development threatens a local treasure, a fragile limestone aquifer and a natural spring-fed swimming hole (Barton Springs) the community fights back. In the conflict that ensues, we see in miniature a struggle that today plays out in communities across America.
About the Producers:
Laura Dunn: Ms Dunn started making documentaries in response to her undergraduate experience at Yale University. Through her films The Subtext of a Yale Education (1999), Baby (1999), Green (2000), and Become the Sky (2002), Dunn examined the corporatization of higher education, environmental racism, and population growth. Her work has screened internationally at film festivals and art galleries, and she has received a Rockefeller Foundation Media Arts Fellowship, a Student Academy Award, and Yale's Trumbull Fine Arts Prize. Dunn is a grateful wife, proud mother to a spirited toddler, and ardent defender of her adoptive hometown of Austin, Texas.
Terrance Malick: Mr. Malick is the Oscar nominated director of Badlands, Days of Heaven, The Thin Red Line, and most recently The New World. A longtime Austinite, he approached Laura four ears ago with a documentary film concept. “Take Barton Springs as that which God gave us, and look at what we are doing to it.” Through the story of these water wars in Austin, Malick encouraged Dunn to “see the whole world through a grain of sand.”
Robert Redford: Mr. Redford is an actor, director and founder of The Sundance Film Festival and Sundance Channel who needs little introduction. Growing up in the sprawl of Los Angeles, he sought refuge in the summers with his beloved grandfather who lived in Austin. He learned to swim at Barton Springs and credits Austin's rolling hills and crystalline waters with first instilling in him a love for the natural world—a theme than runs through most of his work in film.
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