No Impact Man

No Impact Man

Director: Laura Gabbert, Justin Schein Cast: Colin Beavan, Michelle Conlin


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No Impact Man

Colin Beavan was a writer living in Manhattan who had the usual concerns over the future of the environment until he realized he wasn't doing much about it. Beavan decided that it was time he and his family did something to deal with the practical issues of global warming and environmental sustainability, so he set out on a grand experiment -- to see if he, his wife, Michelle Conlin, their young daughter, and their dog could live for a year in New York City without leaving any sort of carbon footprint. Michelle, a writer for Business Week with a taste for fashion, was a hard sell for the notion of spending a year without electricity, takeout, toilet paper, or motorized transportation, but in time she agreed and found that their new life was a life-changing experience. Colin, however, found his will tested by the experience and his ideals questioned when he began writing a book about his experiences and sharing his story with the news media, becoming a minor celebrity in the process. Colin and Michelle's friends Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein are filmmakers who decided to capture the family's year of environmental purity on film, and No Impact Man is a documentary that chronicles the nuts and bolts of living a carbon-neutral life as well as how the experience impacted the family. No Impact Man was an official selection at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/19/2010
UPC: 0896602002159
Original Release: 2008
Rating: NR
Source: Oscilloscope
Region Code: 0
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:33:00
Sales rank: 41,871

Special Features

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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Colin Beavan Participant
Michelle Conlin Participant
Isabella Beavan Participant

Technical Credits
Laura Gabbert Director,Producer
Justin Schein Director,Cinematographer
Diana Barrett Executive Producer
Colin Beavan Co-producer
Julia Parker Benello Executive Producer
Dan Cogan Executive Producer
Michelle Conlin Co-producer
Abigail E. Disney Executive Producer
Barbara Dobkin Executive Producer
Caroleen Feeney Executive Producer
Kevin Gruneich Executive Producer
Donna Gruneich Executive Producer
William Haugse Editor
Bobby Johnston Score Composer
Matt Martin Editor
David Menschel Executive Producer
Adriana Mnuchin Executive Producer
Susan Myers Executive Producer
Gib Myers Executive Producer
Sarah Johnson Redlich Executive Producer
Juliette Timsit Executive Producer
Eden Wurmfeld Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- No Impact Man
1. No Impact Project [5:32]
2. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle [2:20]
3. Composting [1:34]
4. Diapers [1:04]
5. Last Meal Out [1:32]
6. Eating Locally [2:13]
7. Ronnybrook [1:49]
8. Juice Up [2:19]
9. Dinner Party [1:13]
10. Avoid Making Trash [2:35]
11. Disposable Culture [4:23]
12. Year Without Toilet Paper [3:29]
13. Public Criticism [4:11]
14. Mayer, the Vegetable Gardner [2:06]
15. Another Child [1:43]
16. Household Cleaners and Detergent [4:19]
17. Turning Off the Power [4:25]
18. First Story Without Caffeine [2:07]
19. Self-Doubt [2:22]
20. The Pot in a Pot [5:56]
21. On the Farm [4:35]
22. Fulfilling Needs Without Harm [3:49]
23. The Days Last Forever [1:07]
24. Impact or No Impact? [:00]
25. Pregnant [4:10]
26. Positive Impact [3:46]
27. Demand Change [4:02]
28. End of a Year [3:12]
29. Reaching the Youth [2:49]
30. Turning on the Power [1:59]

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