1. Homegrown Revolution (Trailer)


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    Homegrown Revolution (2008) is a film short that gives a brief introduction to the Dervaes Family's urban homestead which they call "Path to Freedom." On this tiny city lot, a beautiful and productive oasis was created, producing 6,000 lbs of food annually and is a model of urban sustainability. Film premiers at the WILD & SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL (Jan 9-11, 2009) http://www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org ------About Path to Freedom------ Since the mid 1980s, members of the Dervaes family have steadily worked at transforming their ordinary city lot in Pasadena into a thriving organic micro farm that supplies them with food all year round. These eco-pioneers also run a successful home business providing their surplus produce to local restaurants. Through their adventures in growing and preserving their own food, installing a solar power system, home-brewing biodiesel for fuel, raising backyard farm animals, and learning back-to-basics skills, these modern-day pioneers have revived the old-fashioned spirit of self-reliance and resourcefulness. Since 2001, their website has inspired hundreds of thousands to take steps towards a sustainable future and has generated a 21st century urban homestead movement. visit their blog at http://www.urbanhomestead.org/journal

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    • The Technocrat Retrofit of London


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      Official selection, onedotzero Terrain '09: www.onedotzero.com The Technocrat Retrofit of London is a speculative architecture-fiction project, exploring the architectural opportunities afforded by a post-capitalist economy. It occurs circa 2050, and marks a return to the community driven sustainable way of living, with the help of technology. The stock market has crashed and the pound has moved into hyper-inflation. Banks are deserted. The mayor of London negotiates with a powerless central government to transform the square mile into a contained self-sufficient Technocratic state. The resulting architecture is a series of inter-connected artifacts grafted on to the surface of existing buildings. These contain the equipment to allow the transformation of the defunct financial edifices into link centres for sustainable agriculture and production.

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      • How Self-Sufficient Living was Labeled as Poverty and Why you Need to Change your Perspective, with Michael Bunker


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        Michael Bunker tells the story of his grandmother who grew up in rural America, and how her normal lifestyle on the farm was labeled as poverty to support rural electrification. In reality, the self-sufficient lifestyle of her family is and has been the norm for thousands of years, and the modern lifestyle highly dependent on electricity for everything is surely abnormal.

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        • Mary Mattingly's Waterfront Development | "New York Close Up" | Art21


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          What’s the latest trend in New York City real estate? Over the course of the summer and fall of 2013, artist Mary Mattingly constructs and occupies "Triple Island" (2013), an outdoor sculpture overlooking the East River. Situated in the newly developed Pier 42 public park—a waterfront area flooded by Hurricane Sandy in 2012—the sculpture rests on buoyant 55 gallon drums, which allow it to float in the event of rising sea levels. Mattingly and friends build "Triple Island" out of a mix of recycled, donated, and custom-made materials. The three main structures—a living space, greenhouse, and community garden—together form a system for living off the grid in the densely-populated Lower East Side. A self-described apocaylptic thinker, Mattingly views the project as an experimental model for an imagined future where environmental degradation and collapsed economies render current ways of living in urban areas untenable. "I think 'Triple Island' has a very specific aesthetic intention," says Mattingly, "and it is to imagine a world with leftover materials and how you would build and what it would look like." Through summer heat and winter cold, the artist and several intrepid volunteers live in the sculpture, collecting rain for water, harnessing solar energy for power, and harvesting a garden for food. Residents' motives for participating vary widely; for artist Ivan Gilbert, "Triple Island" offers a chance to gain "a few more degrees of relative freedom from giant inhuman institutions." Partnering with a coalition of advocacy organizations, such as the Hester Street Collaborative and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Mattingly's project is less an experiment in individualistic self-sufficiency as it is in the communal sharing of local resources. Featuring the works "Triple Island" (2013) and "Flock House Project" (2012–13) with music by Chris Zabriskie. Mary Mattingly (b. 1978, Rockville, Connecticut, USA) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Learn more about the artist at: http://www.art21.org/newyorkcloseup/artists/mary-mattingly/ "Triple Island" (2013) http://www.tripleisland.org/ CREDITS | "New York Close Up" Created & Produced by: Wesley Miller & Nick Ravich. Producer & Editor: Rafael Salazar & Ava Wiland. Cinematography: Nick Ravich, Rafael Salazar & Ava Wiland. Sound: Wesley Miller, Nick Ravich & Ava Wiland. Associate Producer: Ian Forster. Design & Graphics: Crux Studio & Open. Artwork: Mary Mattingly. Music: Chris Zabriskie. Thanks: Hannah Black, CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities, Ian Daniel, Esteban Gaspar Silva, Ivan Gilbert, Good Old Lower East Side, Hester Street Collaborative, Chuck Lin, Greg Lindquist, Kelly Loudenberg, Lower East Side Ecology Center, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Nina Lucey, Rey Mendoza, Nancy Nowacek, Jess Segall, Mike Shuwerk, Lauren Slowick, Daija Solano, Two Bridges Neighborhood Council, Rand Weeks, Darren Will & Moira Williams. An Art21 Workshop Production. © Art21, Inc. 2014. All rights reserved. "New York Close Up" is supported, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; The Lambent Foundation; Toby Devan Lewis; the Dedalus Foundation, Inc., The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and by individual contributors.

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          • To the rhythm of the earth - English trailer


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            A video documentary and photo reportage about self-sufficiency and experiences of sustainable life in the respect of nature in Italy. The movie is now in editing phase. Thanks to all the contributors and fans! --- ITA --- Al ritmo della terra - Trailer italiano https://vimeo.com/26908157 Un video documentario e reportage fotografico su esperienze di autosufficienza e di vita all’insegna del viver sano e nel rispetto della natura presenti in Italia. Il documentario è attualmente in fase di montaggio. Grazie a tutti quelli che lo hanno finanziato e a tutti i fans! ------ Credits: ------ Video and photo Luca Deravignone www.lucaderavignone.com Music Orphan songs www.orphansongs.com

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            • A Day in the Simple Life


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              A Day in the Simple Life. When YOU live simply, YOU have peace of mind and soul. NATURE is LIFE-giving and provides everything YOU need. It is madness to destroy that which you depend on... Take away that direct relationship with NATURE and the CONNECTION is lost. You no longer directly rely on the NATURE around YOU and the LIFE slowly drains from your body, mind and soul... Filmed and Edited by: Kat Gawlik www.forgreenies.com Filmed on location: Ahus Island, Manus Province, Papua New Guinea & Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia Special thanks to: Leo Chachi & Seiorse Carthy Thanks also to: Mouwin Pondrein Bruce Pondrein Troy Jones Ainsley Carthy Regan Carthy Music: Peppe Ska – Lambasana (remix by I.B.1 Dance) DVD playing on the tv: BBC South Pacific, Episode 1 - Ocean of Islands

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              • The LivinginPeace Project


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                The LivinginPeace video was made by PassitonFilms team of Louca Mee and Elise London. They have captured well the essence of the LivinginPeace Project, which combines the elements of art, travel, permaculture and education into a sustainable business venture in Karamea at the top of the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand. Please have a look at the video and then come and stay with us and check out all the exciting developments, activities, workshops...join us for a feast of locally grown, organic, fresh, healthy, nutritious, delicious food from our permaculture farm...in an art gallery of awesome original local and international artworks...every 4th night is free and all are welcome: www.livinginpeace.com

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                • The Edible Peace Patch Garden


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                  The Edible Peace Patch Garden is a cooperative effort between Eckerd College Environmental Studies and Lakewood Elementary School to start an organic garden at the Lakewood Elementary School site. This project set a standard for experiential education provided valuable mentoring opportunities for undergraduate students at Eckerd College.

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                  • Images of Aro Ha


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                    Aro Hā is a first-of-it’s-kind wellness centre, fusing state of the art building techniques, permaculture based self-sufficiency, and world-class wellness retreats. Located in New Zealand’s ethereal Southern Alps, Aro Hā is a centre designed for the exploration of the human spirit. Our innovative programs stimulate the mind & body by crafting each day with optimally tuned wellness programing. Although challenging, our programs will leave you with a glow that most of us have long forgotten. If life has brought you to a place of needing to rejuvenate, you’ve found the ideal elixir. Join us for a signature Wellness Adventure, or a special focus retreat hosted by a guest educator. Regardless of your choice, you will leave with the same renewed connection to self and mindful enthusiasm for life. Aroha nui

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                    • Al ritmo della terra - Trailer italiano


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                      Un video documentario e reportage fotografico su esperienze di autosufficienza e di vita all’insegna del viver sano e nel rispetto della natura presenti in Italia. Il documentario è attualmente in fase di montaggio. --- ENG --- To the rhythm of the earth - English trailer https://vimeo.com/26666092 A video documentary and photo reportage about self-sufficiency and experiences of sustainable life in the respect of nature in Italy. The movie is now in editing phase. Thanks to all the contributors and fans! ------ Credits: ------ Video and photo Luca Deravignone lucaderavignone.com Music Orphan songs orphansongs.com

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