LAURA DUNN, Director
Laura Dunn started making documentaries in response to her undergraduate experience at Yale University. Through a chronicle of labor strikes on campus, THE SUBTEXT OF A YALE EDUCATION (1999) examines the corporatization of higher education. She then returned to her birthplace to make GREEN (2000), a sobering look at environmental racism along the Mississippi River petrochemical corridor, a.k.a. “Cancer Alley”. Other work includes experimental films BABY (1999), a personal take on population issues, and BECOME THE SKY (2002), an ecological map of power in Texas. Honors include a Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship, Student Academy Award, Yale’s Trumbull College Fine Arts Prize, and the Truer Than Fiction Independent Spirit Award. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and their spirited toddler. THE UNFORESEEN is her first feature film.
TERRENCE MALICK, Executive Producer
Long-time Austinite Terrence Malick approached Laura Dunn four years ago with a documentary film concept. “Take Barton Springs as that which God gave us, and look at what we’re doing to it.” Through the story of these water wars in Austin, Malick encouraged Dunn to “see the whole world through a grain of sand.” An Oscar Nominated director, Malick is the critically acclaimed director of THE THIN RED LINE, BADLANDS and DAYS OF HEAVEN. He has shepherded THE UNFORESEEN from beginning to end and served as a source of enduring inspiration to everyone involved.
ROBERT REDFORD, Executive Producer
Growing up in the deteriorating sprawl of Los Angles, Robert Redford sought refuge in the lush landscapes of central Texas where he spent summers with his beloved grandfather. He learned to swim in Barton Springs and credits the rolling hills and area waters with first instilling in him a love for the natural world. In this film, he both reflects on the treasured memories of his childhood and articulates how this battle over a spring is a microcosm for communities everywhere struggling to protect their most precious natural resources from the unrelenting forces of short-term economic growth.
LEE DANIEL, Cinematographer
Lee Daniel has shot a number of ground-breaking feature films and documentaries. His narrative work includes Slacker, Dazed and Confused, Suburbia, Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, and Fast Food Nation. He has lensed many documentaries for television and theatrical release, including I Remember Me, The Hunt for Pancho Villa, Print the Legend: The History of the Western, Be Here to Love Me and You’re Gonna Miss Me: The Roky Erickson Story.
JEF SEWELL, Producer & Motion Graphics
Though involved with The Unforeseen from very early on, Jef didn’t become involved in the film’s graphics until the end of the project. A last minute conflict-of-interest resulted in the departure of the original motion designer. This left Laura in a somewhat dire position. Due to their close working relationship, Laura prevailed upon Jef (also her husband) to create graphics to illustrate many of the film’s complex concepts. Her primary caveat being “I need everything done in less than four months.” Jef is also an entrepreneur, having co-founded Despair, Inc. and Amplifier.
DOUGLAS SEWELL, Producer
Since recently retiring from a long career as a partner with Accenture, Doug Sewell has been actively involved in managing investments in real estate and natural gas (the clean fuel) drilling projects. He has also led several efforts to launch and guide new enterprises including Despair, Inc. and Amplifier. He served as the Board Chairman of the Dallas Arboretum from 2002 to 2006, successfully leading them through their largest building development program to date. He and his wife Sue reside in Austin Texas.
WILLIAM WARREN, Producer
Another recently retired Accenture partner, Bill has been actively involved in managing a variety of private equity investments and film endeavors. Bill serves as a Trustee on the Board of Austin College in Texas. He serves on a number of boards of newly launched enterprises including Despair, Inc, and Amplifier. He serves on the Board of RDC for Children and is successfully leading their new building program. He and his wife, Beverly, reside in Plano, Texas.
EMILY MORRIS, Co-Editor
Emily Morris lives in Austin, TX where she obtained her BA in Psychology at the University of Texas. THE UNFORESEEN is her second feature-length documentary as editor. She has also co-edited a narrative feature and several short videos for local viewings. Her self-shot documentary short, “Emily and Matt’s Road Trip” won a contest sponsored by PBS and Ken Burns in 2003. In 2005, as an editorial production assistant on THE NEW WORLD, she supplemented her education in the true artistry of film editing, working closely with Terrence Malick and his team of master editors. Emily continues her work as a freelance editor, simultaneously writing and producing personal projects.
Kyle Cooper/PROLOGUE, Title Design
Kyle Cooper, who has directed over 150 film title sequences and has been credited with “almost single-handedly revitalizing the main-title sequence as an art form” is the founder and creative director of Prologue Films. His work includes main titles for Seven, SPIDERMAN 1, SPIDERMAN 2, SUPERMAN RETURNS, DAWN OF THE DEAD and THE NEW WORLD. With his team at Prologue, he created the main titles and animated epilogue which concludes THE UNFORESEEN.