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Imagine a home that heats itself, that provides its own water, hat grows its own food. Imagine that it needs no expensive technology... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Michael Reynolds
Chris Reynolds ... Herself
Shauna Malloy ... Herself - Attorney
Dave DiCicco ... Himself - Taos County Planner
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carlos R. Cisneros ... Himself - Senator
Ron Gardener ... Himself - Senator's Aide
Nilesh Gupte ... Himself
Clinton Harden Jr. ... Himself - Senator
William H. Payne ... Himself - Senator
Lee Rawson ... Himself
John C. Ryan ... Himself - Senator
William E. Sharer ... Himself - Senator
Renni Zifferblatt ... Herself - Judicial Committee Bill Analyst

Directed by
Oliver Hodge 
Produced by
Sally Jo Fifer .... executive producer: ITVS
Oliver Hodge .... executive producer: Open Eye Media
Mette Hoffman Meyer .... executive producer: TV2
Lynne Kirby .... executive producer: Sundance Channel
Ann Rose .... supervising producer: Sundance Channel
Rachel Wexler .... producer
Original Music by
Patrick Wilson 
Cinematography by
Oliver Hodge 
Film Editing by
Phil Reynolds 
Sound Department
Bob Jackson .... dubbing mixer
Caz Sessionshodge .... sound recordist (as Caz Sessions Hodge)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ben Cole .... additional camera
Ken Morse .... rostrum camera
Editorial Department
Adam Grant .... on-line editor
Jonathan Lieb .... colorist
Location Management
Duprelon Tizdale .... location manager
Music Department
Liz Fletcher .... vocalist
Patrick Wilson .... music producer
Other crew
Kate Barker .... researcher
Phil Baseheart .... archival photos
Sara Baseheart .... archival photos
Melorie Chilton .... legal
Anna Cosentine .... archival photos
Jackson D'Souza .... translator
Sian Evans .... researcher (as Sian Eliz Evans)
Liz Fletcher .... researcher
Kirsten Jackobsen .... production liaison: USA
Peter Smith .... legal
Al Stegmeyer .... archival photos
Kate Woods .... researcher
Alkin Emran .... thanks
Jim Flint .... thanks
Daren Howarth .... thanks
Jez Lewis .... thanks
Eva Llanos .... thanks
Chris Reynolds .... special thanks
Michael Reynolds .... special thanks (as Mike Reynolds)
Justin Simpson .... thanks

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19 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
A View Into Alternative Living Most People Don't Consider, 29 May 2009
Author: gavin6942 from United States

Mike Reynolds is the "garbage warrior", an architect who has been designing homes from refuse and natural objects (largely dirt) for roughly forty years. This documentary opens up his world to viewers who otherwise would not consider such living possible, and certainly wouldn't be aware of the potential comfort levels available.

I was shown this documentary by a friend who, to say the least, is fascinated by Earthships. She has met Reynolds, been in an Earthship and swears that some day she will live in one -- something I find to be quite plausible. My enthusiasm doesn't come close to hers, which made for an odd viewing experience (her excitement can be overwhelming), but it's a good film that should be seen by more people.

Reynolds' ideas of "radically sustainable living" and "Earthship Biotecture" need to be ported out to other communities and get recognition for their amazing achievements. The houses are not perfect -- some leak, some have little or no temperature control -- but they are experimental, and Reynolds and his crew are still learning. Objections aside, the good that can come of these homes is outstanding -- complete "off the grid" power, self-producing food, and a waste system that cleans and filters "black" and "gray" water.

I'm somewhat skeptical of how well these ideas would work on a mass scale. However, even if they didn't, it seems fairly safe to say that certain aspects could be adapted into rural or urban settings... and any effort to get energy independence and sewage filtration into the mainstream is welcome. World governments are taking important steps towards renewable energy, but after seeing this film, you may start to think the answers have been here for decades and we're just dragging our feet.

My only real complaint with the documentary is that it is by no means objective. Reynolds is cast as the hero and as something of a savior. Now, this is not to say that he's not a hero, because he is. But without hearing from his detractors (aside from some clueless politicians) this film comes off more like an infomercial, which leaves a bad taste in my mouth. It could simply be that nothing bad can be said, though.

My petty objections aside, Reynolds is an unsung hero and his work really does need to get noticed by more. Even those who are environmentalists may not familiar with his work, which is a shame. The man is almost dead... let's get him some attention before that "almost" is gone.

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