Laura Dunn
USA 2007

The American Dream of owning a house with a white picket fence goes head to head with environmental sustainability in Laura Dunn's lyrical and beautifully crafted documentary The Unforeseen. Dunn tracks the career of Gary Bradley, a west Texan farm boy who became one of the largest real estate developers in the state. In the Eighties, Bradley had plans to transform miles of pristine hill country into large-scale subdivisions. But the development jeopardized Barton Springs, a watering hole treasured by locals, and served as a lightning rod for mobilizing environmental activism that flourished under Governor Ann Richards. When George W. Bush took the state's executive reins, development patterns changed, and the water quality at Barton Springs and the surrounding landscape of Austin were irreversibly transformed.
The Unforeseen 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. (Shari Frilot)

  • Gary Bradley
  • William Greider
  • Ann Richards
  • Dick Brown
  • Laura Dunn
  • Wayne Chance
  • Lee Daniel
  • Laura Dunn
  • Emily Morris
  • Patty Griffin
Two Birds Film 3206 Harris Park Austin, TX 78705, USA T 512 659 71 64

Submarine Entertainment 132 Crosby Street, 8th Floor New York, NY 10012, USA T 212 625 14 10

35 mm
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