No Impact Man: The Documentary Image
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  • Summary: Author Colin Beavan, in research for his next book, began the No Impact Project in November 2006. A newly self-proclaimed environmentalist who could no long avoid pointing the finger at himself, Colin leaves behind his liberal complacency for a vow to make as little environmental impact asAuthor Colin Beavan, in research for his next book, began the No Impact Project in November 2006. A newly self-proclaimed environmentalist who could no long avoid pointing the finger at himself, Colin leaves behind his liberal complacency for a vow to make as little environmental impact as possible for one year. No more automated transportation, no more electricity, no more non-local food, no more material consumption…no problem. That is, until his espressoguzzling, retail-worshipping wife Michelle and their two year-old daughter are dragged into the
    fray. Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein!s film provides a front row seat into the experiment that became a national fascination and media sensation as well as an intriguing inside look at the familial strains and strengthened bonds that result from Colin's and Michelle!s struggle with their radical lifestyle change. (Oscilloscope Laboratories)
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. At once noble and naive, earnest and a tad obnoxious.
  2. It all seems like a stunt, especially since Beaven has also written a just-published book about his experiences, but he and Conlin are an engaging pair who don't let zealotry get in the way of humor.
  3. Reviewed by: Scott Knopf
    80
    To sum up Beavan’s message, he’s not saying you should give up toilet paper. But you should give up what you can. Help any way you can. Do all you can.
  4. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    70
    The film ultimately is more practical than profound, a slightly smartened-up "Dummy's Guide to Green Living," which, as you learn, most of us probably know a good deal less about than we imagine.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    70
    It's even harder being the semi-supportive wife, which is what generates most of the electricity in this slight but entertaining documentary.
  6. What makes this documentary work is that the Beavan family is so relatable.
  7. Reviewed by: Cliff Doerksen
    30
    The boring, humorless pair do nothing to refute the image of eco-worriers as preening, puritanical douchebags addicted to symbolic gesture and allergic to cost-benefit analysis.

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