No Impact Man
Dir. Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein
In Theaters 09/11/09 On DVD 01/19/10 Non-Theatrical/Institutional use available 12/14/09
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 espresso-guzzling, 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 familial strains and strengthened bonds that result from Colin's and Michelle's struggle with this radical lifestyle change.
Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein
Laura Gabbert and Eden Wurmfeld, graduates of UCLA's School of Film and Television, are long time collaborators committed to creating work that is entertaining with a social message. Their credits include Sunset Story, Kissing Jessica Stein, The Hammer and Getting to Know You. Justin Schein's Shadowbox Films is dedicated to producing character-driven documentaries that explore cultural and social issues. Formed in 1998 by Stanford graduates, Shadowbox has produced award-winning films from conception to broadcast for television, educational and corporate audiences.
As themselves Colin Beavan
Directed by Laura Gabbert
Produced by Laura Gabbert
Director of photography Justin Schein Edited by William Haugse ACE
Music by Bobby Johnston Executive Producers Julia Parker Benello for Chicken & Egg Pictures
Diana Barrett for The Fledgling Fund
Abigail Disney for Fork Films
Kevin & Donna Gruneich
David Menschel for Vital Projects Fund, Inc.
Susan & Gib Myers
Sarah Johnson Redlich
Juliette Timsit & Caroleen Feeney
Co-Produced by Colin Beavan
No Impact Dating: Colin and Michelle on No Impact nights on the town.
Urban cycling: Bike activism in NYC.
Freeganism: The virtues of gleaning food from the trash.
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.
Catalog Number: OSC-015