Laura films an interview in a tobacco barn


Jef, West Texas

Jef, West Texas

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 examines the corporatization of higher education. She then returned to her birthplace to make GREEN, a sobering look at environmental racism along the Mississippi River petrochemical corridor, a.k.a. “Cancer Alley”. Other work includes experimental films BABY, a personal take on population issues, and BECOME THE SKY, an ecological map of power in Texas.  Her first feature documentary, THE UNFORESEEN, executive produced by Robert Redford and Terrence Malick, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, was released theatrically and broadcast on the Sundance Channel.  Her new film, LOOK & SEE, also executive produced by Robert Redford and Terrence Malick, and funded in part by the Sundance Documentary Film Fund, is a cinematic portrait of writer and farmer Wendell Berry.  Honors include a Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship, Student Academy Award, Yale’s Trumbull Fine Arts Prize, International Documentary Association Pare Lorenz Grant and an  Independent Spirit Truer Than Fiction Award. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and six young boys.

In addition to fundraising and extensive on-location work, Jef designed THE UNFORESEEN's motion graphics sequences. He was nominated for an Outstanding Achievement in Graphics and Animation at the inaugural Cinema Eye awards. 

Jef served as Producer, Co-Director and Visual Designer on Two Birds’ next film LOOK & SEE. Jef also created the film's prologue sequence which provided the basis of the film’s unconventional film trailer. For his contributions, SXSW Documentary Jurists awarded  LOOK & SEE with a special Jury Prize for Design.  

Jef is an identical twin (to Justin Sewell) and was born in Dallas, Texas.  After flunking out of the University of Texas at Austin his first year, Jef got a job and learned computer graphics. He would eventually go on to co-found Internet humor site whose flagship product Demotivators® became an early viral Internet joke that morphed into a meme. Next he co-created Amplifier®, a vertically-integrated merchandising logistics firm that has served countless well-known Internet brands such as MailChimp, Rooster Teeth, Critical Role, JibJab, The Onion, Reddit, Geek and Sundry, Slack, InVision and many others.