No Impact Man

A FILM BY Justin Schein, Laura Gabbert

Enlightening, foreboding and funny at the same time.
-David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle
Poignant, provocative.
-Joe Williams, Seattle Today
Terrifically entertaining. Compelling and extremely funny.
-Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times


In November 2006, author Colin Beaven announces his No Impact Project. He vows to unsettle his complacent liberal consumerism and, along with his family, to make no environmental impact from their Manhatten home for one year. While two-year-old Isabella is content among the compost worms, mother Michelle endures withdrawal from coffee and shopping, and Colin suffers heavy criticism from friends and the media. Humorous and insightful, No Impact Man discovers the strength of a family living off the grid, and the quiet truths that reveal themselves when the lights go out.

Theatrical Release Date

Original Languages: English
Genre: Documentary
Running Time: 93 min.
Year: 2009


Colin Beavan
Michelle Conlin
Justin Schein, Laura Gabbert



Photos Courtesy of Mongrel Media
Photos Courtesy of Mongrel Media