The Unforeseen

  • Fogartyville Community Media & Arts Center 525 Kumquat Ct Sarasota, FL 34236 USA

An ambitious west Texas farm boy with grandiose plans tires of living at the mercy of nature and sets out to find a life with more control. He heads to Austin where he becomes a real estate developer and skillfully capitalizes on the growth of this 1970s boomtown. At the peak of his powers, he transforms 4,000 acres of pristine Hill Country into one of the state’s largest and fastest selling subdivisions. When the development threatens a local treasure, a fragile limestone aquifer and a naturally spring-fed swimming hole, the community fights back. In the conflict that ensues, we see in miniature a struggle that today plays out in communities across the country.

Featuring interviews with Robert Redford, Willie Nelson, the iconic Texas Governor Ann Richards, environmentalist Wendell Berry, and many others, The Unforeseen is a powerful meditation on the American dream – on the destruction of the natural world as it falls victim to the cannibalizing forces of unchecked development. It is an intricate tale of personal hopes, victories and failures, and of debates over land, water, and the public good.

Presented by Transition Sarasota. Co-sponsored by the Peace Education & Action Center, WSLR 96.5 FM Community Radio, and Control Growth Now.

$5 suggested donation. Optional potluck starts at 6pm. Film at 7pm, followed by facilitated audience discussion.