Emergence Magazine


by Jeremy Seifert

This film is a tribute to the life and work of Barry Lopez, a celebrated author who detailed moral and natural landscapes in our imagination for decades. Through archival footage and an interview conducted shortly before his death, Barry shares what drove him toward new horizons so that he might help our culture find balance with the living Earth.

Director & Producer

Jeremy Seifert is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. His feature films include The Devil We Know, GMO OMG, and DIVE! Living Off America’s Waste. His films for Emergence Magazine include The Church Forests of Ethiopia and On the Road with Thomas Merton.

Producer & Writer

Fred Bahnson is the author of Soil and Sacrament, and his essays have appeared in Harper’s, The Sun, Orion, Oxford American, and Best American Spiritual Writing. His essay “On the Road with Thomas Merton,” originally published in Emergence Magazine, was selected by Robert MacFarlane for Best American Travel Writing 2020. He is a recipient of a W.K. Kellogg Food and Society Fellowship, a North Carolina Artist Fellowship, and a Terry Tempest Williams Fellowship for Land and Justice at the Mesa Refuge. He lives with his family in southwestern Montana.

Executive Producer

This film was made in partnership with the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference. Now in its 28th year, the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference offers a world-class literary program in the mountains of Idaho each summer. Writers of diverse backgrounds and experiences gather with readers in an intimate atmosphere to engage in conversations that are informative, enlightening, sometimes challenging, and always inspiring.


Directed by Jeremy Seifert
Produced by Jeremy Seifert & Fred Bahnson
Executive Producers James Tooley, John Burnham Schwartz & Sun Valley Writers’ Conference
Cinematography by Joel Wiebe
Edited by Jeremy Seifert
Written by Fred Bahnson
Sound design and mix by Matthew Mikkelsen
Music by Arvo Pärt & John Lutter Adams

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