What Henry David Thoreau did for two years Anna and Harlan Hubbard did for forty. Anna and Harlan lived life as few people in modern times have and in doing so inspired thousands. Wonder: The Lives of Anna and Harlan Hubbard , a new documentary by Morgan Atkinson, brings to life their adventures. Wendell Berry, the nationally renowned writer and environmentalist, was an 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. Mr. Berry also serves as the narrator for the documentary. Harlan was an artist, writer and naturalist born in northern Kentucky. Anna, a scholar and librarian from Grand Rapids, MI. They met in Cincinnati and began their life together in the mid-1940 s by building a boat, then floating from Cincinnati to New Orleans. Their voyage lasted five years. They then settled on the banks of the Ohio River in rural Kentucky. In a house they built by hand, sustained by food they raised or caught, aided by no electricity or modern convenience, Anna and Harlan, met the world on their own terms and found deep meaning. Wonder considers their astonishing life of freedom and what it says to Americans today.
About the Actor
Will Oldham is a ground-breaking musician and actor beginning his career as teenager in the John Sayles film Matewan;