Peter Matthiessen

Acclaimed author, naturalist, explorer and Zen monk Peter Matthiessen is profiled in this compelling and intimate cinematic portrait. Focusing on capturing the essence of his literary and spiritual force, the documentary includes interviews with Matthiessen, excerpts from his writings and anecdotes from those who have known him, have worked and traveled with him and have been inspired by his work. The interviews center on how the events and circumstances of Matthiessen’s life have shaped his point of view. Having dedicated his life to recording environments and people on the brink of extinction, Matthiessen’s deeply inspiring life-long message is one of preservation and wonder when faced with the natural world and its inhabitants. Interviews include: NBC’s Tom Brokaw, actress Margot Kidder, poet and activist Rose Styron, preeminent field biologist George Schaller, Oscar-winning film director Sidney Lumet and journalist Steve Kroft of CBS’s “60 Minutes.” Narrated by Glenn Close. Directed by Jeff Sewald.

Introduced by Rebecca Kasemeyer, Director of Education, National Portrait Gallery. Discussion with filmmaker Jeff Sewald follows screening.


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