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Off the Grid: Life on the Mesa (2007)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 20 May 2008 (USA)
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.
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Credited cast:
Cowboy Cowboy ... Himself
Gecko Gecko ... Herself
Dreadie Jeff Dreadie Jeff ... Himself
Dean Maher Dean Maher ... Himself
Maine Maine ... Himself
Austen Mason Austen Mason ... Himself (as Austen)
Moonbow Moonbow ... Himself
Mama Phyllis Mama Phyllis ... Herself
Robbie Robbie ... Himself
Stan Stan ... Himself
Virginia Virginia ... Herself


Twenty-Five miles from town, a million miles from mainstream society, a loose-knit community of eco-pioneers, teenage runaways, war veterans and drop-outs, live on the fringe and off the grid. Struggling to survive on little food, less water and no electricity, they cling to their unique vision of the American dream. Enthralling, action-packed and full of unforgettable characters.

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25 miles from town, a million miles from ordinary.




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20 May 2008 (USA) See more »

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New Mexico, USA

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Still Point Pictures See more »
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Watch It, and Ask for a Follow-up
30 June 2018 | by vkfqlurjqztbolkSee all my reviews

There is nothing flashy about this documentary, and refreshingly so. Rather, it's about people: young, old, learned, not-so-learned and others. As disparate a group as this may appear to be, it really is made up of like-minded individualists.

Some know why they are there, and others really do not. But they all seem to be there for basically the same reason: freedom, whatever that means to them.

Overall, I found it a good investment of my time, and a story worth telling.

P.S. I would love to have the filmmakers do a follow-up. This, to me, would be of immense educational and human value.

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