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4/4/2013 3:00:00 PM
Film on life of Harlan and Anna Hubbard to be shown here

Vevay Main Street and the Hoosier Theater will be screening the 2012 documentary "Wonder: The Lives of Anna & Harlan Hubbard" on Thursday, April 18th at 7 p.m. at the Historic Hoosier Theater in Vevay.

The film is free and open to the public with general seating.

What Henry David Thoreau did for two years Anna and Harlan Hubbard did for 40. Anna and Harlan lived life as few people in modern times have and in doing so inspired thousands. Their adventures are brought to life in "Wonder", a new documentary by Morgan Atkinson and narrated by Kentucky author and naturalist Wendell Berry.

"Wonder" considers the Hubbard's astonishing life of freedom and what it says to Americans today. It is a story about how one 20th-Century American couple met the world on their own terms, found deep meaning, and inspired others. It is a story about what is possible when people are willing to defy convention.

Harlan was an artist, writer and naturalist born in northern Kentucky. Anna was a scholar and librarian from Grand Rapids, Michigan. They met in Cincinnati and began their life together in the mid-1940s by building a shanty boat, then floating from Cincinnati to New Orleans. Their voyage lasted five years and then settled on the banks of the Ohio River in Trimble County, Kentucky.

In a house they built by hand, sustained by food they raised or caught, aided by no electricity or modern conveniences, Anna and Harlan met the world on their own terms and found deep meaning. They inspired others with their art, music, stories, quiet mindfulness and their unencumbered lifestyle.

Louisville filmmaker Morgan Atkinson has produced more than a dozen documentaries that have appeared statewide on Kentucky Educational Television (KET). Several of his documentaries have been shown nationally on PBS. His recent work includes documentaries about other American originals including Thomas Merton, the Trappist monk who lived and taught in Kentucky, and John Howard Griffin, the author of "Black Like Me".

Wendell Berry, the nationally renowned writer and environmentalist, was a Hubbard friend and wrote a book on their lives called "Harlan Hubbard: Life and Work". This book provides much of the narrative thread for the program.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. The 75-minute film will begin with an introduction by Morgan Atkinson at 7 p.m. and will be followed by question and answer session with the filmmaker. DVDs will be available to purchase for $20. For a trailer of the film, visit: www.annaandharlan.com.

The film screening is sponsored by Vevay Main Street, Vevay Newspapers, Switzerland County Historical Society, and Historic Vevay, Inc.

For more information, contact Vevay Main Street's Program Manager Michele Thompson at 427-9406.

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