MOUNT VERNON — The life and work of farmer, author, poet and rural life activist Wendell Berry will be celebrated at a special film showing at the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, tonight at 6:30 p.m.
The 80-minute film, “Look and See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry,” will be co-hosted by the Brown Family Environmental Center.
The film presents a cinematic portrait of the changing landscapes and shifting values of rural America in the era of industrial agriculture, as seen through the mind’s eye of writer, farmer, and activist, Wendell Berry.
At age 85, Berry is still tending the family farm near Port Royal, Kentucky, that he and his wife purchased in 1964, after he’d left a promising academic career in New York City to return to his rural Kentucky roots. He has had multiple teaching stints at New York University and the University of Kentucky. He has published dozens of volumes of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, and has received scads of literary and humanitarian awards, including a National Humanities Medal presented to him by President Barack Obama in 2011.
Berry is still a tireless activist for small family farms, environmentalism and the unplugged life. He does not own a TV, computer or cell phone, and he urges everyone to consider simplifying their own lives.
The film showing is free and open to all. Light refreshments will be served.