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20 May 2008 (USA) See more »
25 miles from town, a million miles from ordinary.
Twenty-Five miles from town, a million miles from mainstream society, a loose-knit community of radicals live in the desert, struggling to survive with little food, less water and no electricity, as they cling to their unique vision of the American dream. | Add synopsis »
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Cowboy ... Himself
Gecko ... Herself
Dreadie Jeff ... Himself
Dean Maher ... Himself
Maine ... Himself
Austen Mason ... Himself (as Austen)
Moonbow ... Himself
Mama Phyllis ... Herself
Robbie ... Himself
Stan ... Himself
Virginia ... Herself

Directed by
Jeremy Stulberg 
Randy Stulberg 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jeremy Stulberg 
Randy Stulberg 

Produced by
Emily Gardiner .... consulting producer
Eric Juhola .... producer
Jeremy Stulberg .... producer
Randy Stulberg .... producer
Original Music by
Christopher Libertino 
Cinematography by
Ari Issler 
Reed Morano (director of photography)
Liz Rubin 
Isabel Vega 
Film Editing by
Jeremy Stulberg 
Sound Department
Matthew Polis .... sound designer
Matthew Polis .... sound re-recording mixer
Visual Effects by
Manny Palad .... graphics
Camera and Electrical Department
Wylda Bayron .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Yaniv Dabach .... assistant editor
Jose Rogel .... first assistant editor
Other crew
Maryann DeLeo .... consultant
Manfred Leuthard .... helicopter pilot: camera
Otto Porrazzo .... insurance broker
Annie Waldman .... production assistant
Max B. Young .... production assistant
Eban Damico .... special thanks
Rachel Fliet .... thanks
Rob Fredette .... thanks
Lindsay Goldwert .... special thanks
Barbara Lynn Jacobs .... special thanks
Susan Kaplan .... thanks
Mary Kerr .... thanks
Rachel Kittner .... thanks
Alex Laskey .... thanks
Marion Lipschutz .... thanks
Dora Militaru .... thanks
David Nugent .... thanks
Thom Powers .... thanks
Rose Rosenblatt .... thanks
Todd Stephens .... thanks
Richard Stulberg .... in memory of
Gary Winick .... thanks

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68 min
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17 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
"...a film about f@ck-ups in the desert...", 25 September 2009
Author: ElijahCSkuggs from Happy Land, who lives in a Gumdrop House on Lolly Pop Lane

Many people out there have this urge, a wonder, a desire, to leave society as we know it. To live off the land. To revert back into a way of life that's just more, simple. But then there's a very loud voice telling you that it's not the right choice. And you wouldn't even dare consider voicing this idea to your friends and family. This is where a lot of the people that live on that Mesa in north New Mexico differ from us. They have just, had it.

The walk of life that lives here are a mish mash of mostly sad tales when it comes down to it. The majority of them are people that have simply lost patience and hope for their daily life, war vets, and runaways. And when it comes down to it, this is a perfect idea and spot for them to reside. It's difficult and kind of extreme, but with a mainly peaceful community that abides by good morals and sticking to their guns (literally), it's entirely functional.

The elements, the government and themselves are their own enemies. Young runaways that live on the mesa known as the Nowhere Kids threaten the peace of the community, the government threatens their freedom, and the elements threaten their health. But with such a steadfast and happy community at it's core, they continue to persist with smiles.

Off the Grid delivered an informative, in-depth, emotional peak into the unique way of living that the people on the mesa experience. At it's bare bones it seems like it's "a film about f@ck ups in the desert", and at times seems like it's also the modern wild west. But more than anything it's a fascinating peek into an unknown way of living, fueled by the unique characters involved.

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