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.

Jef Sewell acted as producer on Laura's first feature documentary THE UNFORESEEN.  In addition to fundraising and extensive on-location work, Jef designed THE UNFORESEEN's motion graphics sequences for which he was nominated for an Outstanding Achievement in Graphics and Animation at the inaugural Cinema Eye awards. 

On LOOK & SEE, Jef acted as Producer, Co-Director and Visual Designer.   Jef's contributions were cited by the SXSW Documentary Jurists when they awarded  LOOK & SEE a special Jury Prize for Design.  

Jef is also Founder/CEO of Austin-based Amplifier, a vertically-integrated merchandising logistics firm that serves well-known Internet brands such as MailChimp, Rooster Teeth, Reddit, Geek and Sundry, Slack, InVision and many others. Jef is an identical twin (to Justin Sewell) and was born in Dallas, Texas.  He attended the University of Texas at Austin for a year before flunking out.  He eventually got a job and taught himself graphics and technology.  He has a hot wife and 6 awesome sons.  So there's hope for us all.