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 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. At once noble and naive, earnest and a tad obnoxious.
  2. 83
    The value of No Impact Man, a compelling and suitably exasperating documentary about one family’s attempt to not harm the environment for a year, is that it forces viewers to reflect on their own casual consumption and waste.
  3. Reviewed by: Scott Knopf
    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: John Anderson
    Goes down far easier than, say, an all-natural, fiber-enriched peanut butter sandwich without a glass of soy milk. It's that rare doc (these days) that could go theatrical, largely because it's a film about a couple, more than a movement.
  5. The movie gives off a stranger vibe. Beavan is both a hero and a figure of fun, a man whose ideals are in constant collision with the habits of modern life.
  6. What makes this documentary work is that the Beavan family is so relatable.
  7. Reviewed by: Cliff Doerksen
    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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