Emergence Magazine

Horizons

by Jeremy Seifert

Barry Lopez, a celebrated author who detailed moral and natural landscapes in our imagination for decades, died peacefully in Oregon on Christmas Day, 2020. In honor of the first anniversary of his passing, this film is a tribute to his life and work. 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: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith, and his essays have appeared in Harper’s, The Sun, Orion, Oxford American, and The Best American Spiritual Writing. He is a recipient of the Kellogg Food and Community Fellowship, the North Carolina Artist Fellowship, and the 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.

Credits

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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