Washington D.C. Premiere


THE UNFORESEEN (USA, 2007, 88 min.)

Washington, D.C. Premiere The American Dream of owning a house with a white picket fence clashes with environmental sustainability in this documentary set in Austin, Texas. The film tracks the career of Gary Bradley, a west Texas farm boy who becomes one of the largest developers in the state. In the 1980s, Bradley had plans to transform miles of pristine hill country outside Austin into large-scale subdivisions. But the proposed development jeopardized Barton Springs, a watering hole treasured by locals, and served as a lightening rod for mobilizing environmental activism. The Unforseen is a meditation on the destruction of the natural world and the American Dream as it falls victim to the cannibalizing forces of unchecked development. It is an intricate tale of personal hopes, victories, and failures as well as debates over land, economics, property rights and the public good.     –Shari Frillot, Sundance Film Fetival.

Directed by Laura Dunn. Produced by Douglas Sewell, Jeff Sewell and Laura Dunn. Executive Producers: Terrence Malick and Robert Redford.  Winner, 2008 Truer than Fiction Award, Independent Spirit Awards.

Ticket/Reservation Info:

Tickets may be purchased online at www.afi.com/silver or at the AFI Silver Box Office. AFI members, seniors (65+), students (with valid I.D.), children and military, $8.50; Gen. Admission, $9.75.

AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, Md. (METRO: Silver Spring)

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