Author Colin Beavan and his family were a perfect example of SUV driving, fast food eating New Yorkers who would assuage their guilt with the rest of us at the mall for some good old American retail therapy. Then Colin turned things upside down—he came home and announced that for his next book he would become No Impact Man. For starters that would mean no trash, no electricity, no cars, no toilet paper, no TV, and no buying anything new for an entire year. The hitch was that he wanted his wife and their two-year-old daughter Isabella to join him for this year-long experiment.
No Impact Man presents an intimate emotional portrait of a couple struggling through a severe and protracted change in their way of life. The filmmakers document what happens to a couple’s emotional life when they alter their entire lifestyle over the course of a year. How do they cope with the constant stress and intermittent crises of such a rigorous way of living? Or, perhaps, when life is pared down, do some things become unexpectedly better and even easier? -This is the official film description from the film’s website, ImpactPartnerFilm.com. Photo source above is also from ImpactPartnerFilm.com
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The cast and crew of No Impact Man includes:
- Colin Beaven -author and co-star of the film
- Michelle Conlin -co-star of the film
- Justin Schein -director
- Laura Gabert -director and producer
Movie Reviews of No Impact Man
“As pure entertainment, No Impact Man seesaws between infuriating and captivating, but gains undeniable brownie points for its light-hearted examination of sustainable living.” -Film4, Sophie Ivan
“This poignant, provocative documentary reduces the green movement to human scale — and magnifies the size of mountain it’s trying to climb.” -St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Joe Williams
“Compelling and extremely funny.” -Los Angeles Times
Review by Rachel Avalon
No Impact Man is a great conversation starter for how mindless consumerism and environmental destruction intersect, prompting the audience to ask, “How far would I go to reduce waste?” Equally important, this holistic documentary clearly demonstrates some of the rewards of choosing a simpler, healthier, and more sustainable diet and lifestyle. There are times it feels like a stretch that the husband and wife who star in the film aren’t relying on some level of theatrics to make for a more interesting documentary, but either way No Impact Man is inspiring and generally enjoyable to watch.
Watch the movie trailer here.
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