NCLAC hosting independent film tour and lawn party in Ruston

April 12, 2018


North Central Louisiana Arts Council


Ruston, LA –  North Central Louisiana Arts Council presents Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry as part of the South Arts Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers at the Dixie Center for the Arts in Ruston, Louisiana on April 19, 2018 at 7pm.


Tickets are available at the door: $5 general admission, $3 students, NCLAC members free. Doors open at 6:30.


Look & See is a cinematic portrait of the changing landscapes and shifting values of rural America seen through the mind’s eye of writer, farmer and activist Wendell Berry. It was filmed in Kentucky’s Henry County, where Berry, one of America’s most significant living writers, has lived and farmed since the mid-1960s.


A prolific author, Berry’s novels, short stories, poems and essays chronicle decades of industrial and economic changes to this community’s agrarian way of life.


Filmmakers Laura Dunn and Jef Sewell skillfully weave Berry’s poetic and prescient words with gorgeous cinematography and the testimonies of his family and neighbors in the first documentary about Berry’s life and career.


Often called “a prophet for rural America,” Berry has long been a voice for the communities that are so often overlooked by the media. Look & See subverts biopic conventions and immerses audiences into Berry’s world, providing a space for talking about the land and those who sustain it. It is a conversation that is more urgent now than ever, as so many Americans are disconnected from the farmers who feed them.


Robert Redford, Terrence Malick and Nick Offerman served as producers on the film, which premiered in 2016 at the SXSW Film Festival.


NCLAC also invites the public to a Lawn Party in Intermission Park beside the Dixie Center from 5:30-6:45 p.m. The Lawn Party will include music from Rickety Crickets and a dinner pop-up from Grown & Grazed. Admission to the Lawn Party is free; food and drink will be available for purchase. For more information visit www.nclac.org


NCLAC thanks Hampton Inn of Ruston and Louisiana Tech’s College of Liberal Arts for their sponsorship of the Southern Circuit series, as well as film sponsor First National Bank.


The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of South Arts. Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.


South Arts, founded in 1975, is a nonprofit regional arts organization building on the South’s unique heritage and enhancing the public value of the arts. Their work responds to the arts environment and cultural trends with a regional perspective, through an annual portfolio of activities designed to address the role of the arts in impacting the issues important to our region, and linking the South with the nation and the world through the arts.


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