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A film about growth and development around Barton Springs had a very unique screening Tuesday night in San Marcos.

The Unforeseen, a documentary by Laura Dunn, was produced by Robert Redford and premiered at Sundance in January.

Texas State University invited Dunn to show the film at Sewell
Park, overlooking the San Marcos River as part of the university's Common Experience program.

The film deals with the issues of growth and the effects it has on natural resources.

"Texas has a very fragile water system and this film sort of
highlights what are the forces that are threatening the most," Dunn said.

Ron Coley, the director of Texas State University's Aquarena Springs Center, believes the message of The Unforeseen has a special significance to San Marcos.

"As we go through a very similar explosive growth as to what Austin was going through during the period of time this film was made, this is an excellent opportunity for us to learn," Coley said.

This year's topic for the Common Experience is water, specifically rivers, which made Tuesday night's feature so appropriate.

"We're sitting right on the Edwards Aquifer, the San Marcos
river is right here and so the very water that the film is about, we're going to be hearing it in the background of the film," Dunn said.

The Unforeseen will screen again on Sept. 12 at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Austin and Sept. 28 and 29 in Fredericksburg. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP