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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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Survivalist Lifestyle, 17 November 2014
Author: Lechuguilla from Dallas, Texas

It's mostly the desire to be free ... free from big powerful institutions ... especially government. That's why many of the some four hundred residents live in this isolated spot in New Mexico. But life is hard ... because it's physical. You have to haul in your water, haul out your trash, chop your own firewood. There is no electricity or running water.

The population consists of a hodgepodge of disillusioned military vets, older people looking for peace, teenage runaways, and middle-aged hippies. Children are home schooled. Some food is grown or raised, and some is brought in from free food banks. When you want to take a bath you go to the river five miles away; instead of soap, people wash themselves with mud.

Community problems get resolved by a meeting of elders. The only real law is "be a good neighbor; otherwise, you're not allowed to be here", says one man. Guns are the choice of defense, and residents proudly show them off.

In this one-hour documentary, with fine visuals and reasonably fine sound, the viewer gets treated to an alternate lifestyle, one that most Americans would be physically unfit for, or too emotionally fearful to try. It's to the credit of these modern pioneers that they can survive and presumably be happy.

On the other hand, one could argue that although some may indeed choose to live this way, some may do so out of necessity because they do not have money. Ironically, these rural survivalists are not unlike heavily in-debt urban consumers in that both groups are living for today, giving little or no thought to their lives twenty or thirty years from now.

Still, for those who actually choose to live a rural survivalist life, it's clear that they have literally given up on modern American institutions and pop culture. That they live their dream is commendable. I'm not sure that I could do what they do. But their stories are fascinating and inspiring.

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