Talent Guide

Laura Dunn

  • Discipline:Director, Producer, Writer
  • Program Year:Grants and Awards 2008


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. Her work has screened internationally in film festivals, art galleries, theaters, universities, churches and union halls. Honors include a Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship, Student Academy Award and Yale’s Trumbull College Fine Arts Prize. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and their spirited toddler. The Unforeseen is her first feature film.

Current Project

The Unforeseen (Documentary)


Executive produced by Terrence Malick and Robert Redford, The Unforeseen, a feature documentary about water wars in Texas, is currently in limited national theatrical release and will begin airing on the Sundance Channel in August 2008.