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No Impact Man

(DVD - 2010 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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Colin Beavan is a New York City writer and self-proclaimed liberal. He has big plans for his new book. He decides on a grand experiment: to live one year with as little impact on the environment as possible. The problem is, the project requires his wife Michelle, an espresso-guzzling, Prada-worshipping business writer, and their young daughter to be fully on board. The family embarks on a year of no electricity, television, cars, toilet paper, elevators, or newspapers.
Title: No impact man
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Publisher: [United States] : Oscilloscope Pictures, [2010]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (93 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Special features: No impact dating: Colin and Michelle on No impact nights on the town; "Urban cycling: bike activism in NYC" featurette; "Freeganism: the virtues of gleaning food from the trash" featurette; audience Q&A: Colin, Michelle, and filmmakers discuss the film at the Sundance Film Festival; fruit vinegar: Colin's easy to follow recipe; optional clean audio track for school & educational use.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2008.
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Documentary.
Summary: Colin Beavan is a New York City writer and self-proclaimed liberal. He has big plans for his new book. He decides on a grand experiment: to live one year with as little impact on the environment as possible. The problem is, the project requires his wife Michelle, an espresso-guzzling, Prada-worshipping business writer, and their young daughter to be fully on board. The family embarks on a year of no electricity, television, cars, toilet paper, elevators, or newspapers.
Audience: Not rated.
Statement of Responsibility: Oscilloscope Laboratories and Impact Partners present in association with Chicken & Egg Pictures, The Fledgling Fund, Fork Films and Vital Projects Fund ; produced by Eden Wurmfeld, Laura Gabbert ; directed by Laura Gabbert, Justin Schein
Credits: Director of photography, Justin Schein ; editors, William Haugse, Matthew Martin ; music, Bobby Johnston.
Performers: Colin Beavan, Michelle Conlin.
System Details: DVD; region 0, widescreen (1.78:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo.
Other Language: English dialogue with optional English subtitles.
Subject Headings: Environmental protection New York (State) New York Drama. Nature Effect of human beings on Drama. Environmentalism New York (State) New York Drama. Green movement New York (State) New York Drama. Environmental responsibility New York (State) New York Drama.
Genre/Form: Nonfiction films.
Feature films.
Documentary films.
Topical Term: Environmental protection
Nature
Environmentalism
Green movement
Environmental responsibility
Publisher No: OSC 15
OSC-015
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Sep 12, 2013
  • SilkyNara rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I am amazed at how well this documentary kept my attention. I am sure that I won't be following in this man's footsteps but I admired his dedication. A lesson in perseverance.

Apr 05, 2013
  • BBeeBryn rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Beavan's family is so likeable it's a pleasure to spend time with them in this documentary.
There used to be a non-stop line-up of garbage trucks going to North Van's Premier Street landfill. My first big visual lesson on unsustainability.
Good for Beavan for making a sincere, down-to-earth effort to lessen human harm to the planet.
Notice how Beavan and his wife look healthier at the end of their green experiment.

Loved how the family became closer through their environmental changes. Very inspiring doc.

Jan 30, 2012
  • SingleMamma rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Some good ideas, we could all do a lot to use a little less. But there was still quite a bit of impact, so the title is a little misleading. Overall it was alright movie though, it gets you thinking about what you can do to have a little less of an impact and what comforts you might be able to do without. I think it's important to question the convenience of our materialistic society.

Mar 24, 2011
  • kantoni rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Wow. This guy had commitment! I'm all for saving the planet, but some his ideas were extreme! Kudos to his family for sticking it out!

Feb 06, 2011
  • jwoodham rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What a great film! The overall message is inspiring, but the story itself is fun and beautiful. It's much more than a story about the implications of one's environmental impact, it's also a fantastic narrative of the Beavan family and the ups and downs they experience over the duration of their year-long environmental adventure.(The book is great too!)

Jan 10, 2011
  • patandheather rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved this documentry. I wish more people could try can be more like this man our would be a cleaner place

Jan 04, 2011
  • Kuma rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed watching this documentary. Unlike Nadian (review May8/2010), I actually enjoyed the relationship complications (as it pertained to the No Impact lifestyle) and Michelle's difficulty to acclimatise in the beginning. I loved the juxtaposition of Colin and Michelle. I believe this made for a stronger experiment and creates a better argument than if the couple were both keeners for this project. The general public gets to see a reluctant participant being dragged along and even converted! Watching two converts struggle through and come out the other end is just not as convincing.

On the other hand, this documentary, while entertaining and interesting, could have been done better.

I would have liked to know a bit more about how they did as a family and how this all affected their little girl a bit more. I don't mean more screen time for the girl, but more explanations.

I would prefer more of the details and reflections to be shown. What were all the measures taken, how did they *all* turn out, etc. The film only superficially delves into certain areas. We see the family enjoying their first bathtub-clothes-washing event, but did that last? How effective was it? Did it stay fun or become tedious?

And in the end it was unclear as to what practices were going to be continued and what weren't.

At least the extra features on the DVD could have dealt with more details if the film couldn't! Or are we supposed to wait for the book?

Very adventurous idea with some seemingly positive intentions. However, for me, Colin and Michelle's relationship and Michelle's inability to completely abstain from normal comforts stole the focus from the environmental message of the film.
I urge all viewers to take on AT LEAST ONE of those tactics shown in the film in the hopes that we might make a difference.

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Coarse Language: Some adult language (there's a censored audio track that can be used for children)

Sexual Content: Some discussion and implied off screen.

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"Using less is a start but it's not good enough"

Our society is not set up to live sustainably.

The rapacious consumption for consumption's sake and the coma that that induces.

"Can I live on this planet doing more good than harm?"

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