"A love letter to family farmers."
- Modern Farmer
"Dunn is content to use her considerable talents to highlight Berry’s long and consistent advocacy for rural America, a theme that for Berry transcends partisanship... There is a good chance that The Seer will get a nomination come Oscar time just as Food, Inc. did a few years back."
- First Things
Love Austin farmers' markets? Consider yourself a foodie and locavore? Want to really know your local farmers? Whether you're Wendell Berry's biggest admirer or have never heard of the man, THE SEER will change the way you eat, consume, and care about your local area farmers and farmland. And where better to watch a film celebrating farmers than on a farm surrounded by farmers (they don't bite, we promise!)? We're setting up the big screen in between rows of carrots and tomatoes at Johnson's Backyard Garden, a local vegetable farm just east of town. So grab your kids, a picnic blanket, and get to the farm! It's a summer night in Texas, and you should be outside.
About the Film
Executive Produced by Robert Redford and Terrence Malick, THE SEER premiered at SXSW and, among other recognitions, received a Jury Prize for Best Cinematography. Since we first saw the film, we knew other Austinites needed to see it too.
Over the past few decades, rural farming has changed dramatically across America, and many of our country's agrarian virtues of simplicity, land stewardship, sustainable agriculture, local economies and rootedness to place have been replaced by a capital-intensive model for industrial farming. As America's foremost chronicler of this change, Wendell Berry has written extensively about the consequences of this divorce of culture from agriculture. Among his primary themes is the loss of community we reap from decades of misguided agriculture policy. His award-winning works range from poetry, to essays and over a dozen works of fiction. Berry has been an inspiration to generations of farmers, entrepreneurs and conscientious consumers, and a film about him is long overdue.
THE SEER seeks to immerse us in a Berry's community by telling the stories of several residents of Henry County, Kentucky. The film follows their hopes and struggles and blends observational scenes of farming life with interviews of Berry and his family, close friends and neighboring farmers. By screening on a working family farm, we are taking the film's immersion to a whole new level. You will be seeing it on a giant projection screen under the night sky while surrounded by 200 acres of summer vegetable crops!
In order to bring THE SEER's themes home, we have also assembled a team of some of Austin's own eminent agricultural players. The Sustainable Food Center
ill be lead a panel discussion among Austin-area farmers and hopefully set the scene for the day-to-day realities faced by the folks growing food in and for our community. Ever want to know what it's like to grow food for Austin? The growers themselves will be there to tell you. In addition to those farmers on the panel, other farmers will be in attendance, and its our hope that you meet, greet, and high-five the men and women growing food for you. As they say: Know your farmers, know your food.
Proceeds from this event will help to rebuild the seven greenhouses at Johnson's Backyard Garden that were just destroyed by recent storms.
See you there!
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Where is Johnson's Backyard Garden?
The Johnson's Backyard Garden farm is located just east of town, off of highway 71. The address is 4008 River Road, Garfield, 78612. The farm employees are graciously lending us their usual beer-drinking spot to setup and show this fabulous film.
What's the schedule for the evening?
Farm gates open at 6:30. From 6:30-7:30 movie goers are invited to explore the farm, checkout the kids' activities, and wander down rows of squash and towers of tomatoes. This event is BYOB and we invite you to kick back and relax as soon as you arrive. At around 7:30, guests will be asked to settle in, and we will enjoy a panel discussion lead by the Sustainable Food Center featuring local growers, as well as the film maker, Laura Dunn. The film was start sometime around 9pm.
Will there be food?
Yep! But you can also BYOB/P (beer/picnic). We will have food trucks on site if you're hungry, but guests are also invited to bring their own smorgasbord.
This event is BYOB, so if you care to sip on an adult beverage, please come prepared.
What should I bring?
Chairs or a blanket to sit on, and a picnic or drinks if you fancy.
Yep! In fact, kids 12 and under get in free! We think this is a film worth bringing the whole family to. Our hope is that many many Austinites get to enjoy this film, and so if you need to pack up the whole fam to come to the farm, please do! The farm is equipped with a monster sand pile that will provide hours of entertainment for the little ones. We'll also have some arts and crafts activities ahead of times for the little ones.
What can't I bring?
No smoking nor pets allowed at the farm. Sorry, farmer's rules!