Garbage Warrior

Riveting! Alternately profane, ridiculous and brave.
-Vancouver International Film Festival
A dynamic and fascinating portrait of an exceptional man.
-Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
A timely portrait of a determined hero.
-Sheffield Documentary Festival
-NOW Magazine
Pertinent, timely and brimming with passion.
-NC Magazine


What do beer cans, car tires and water bottles have in common? Not much unless you're renegade architect Michael Reynolds, in which case they are tools of choice for producing thermal mass and energy-independent housing. For 30 years New Mexico-based Reynolds and his green disciples have devoted their time to advancing the art of "earthship biotecture" by building self-sufficient, off-the-grid communities where design and function converge in eco-harmony. Shot over three years and in four different countries, Garbage Warrior is a timely portrait of a determined visionary, a hero of the 21st century.

Theatrical Release Date

Friday, February 15, 2008
Original Languages: English
Genre: Documentary, Environment
Running Time: 86 min.
Year: 2007


Oliver Hodge


Interior of Hut House in Taos, New Mexico
Exterior of Earthship, Greater world Community Taos, New Mexico
Build crew lays bamboo floor in India
Photo of crew from tsunami relief project in Andaman Islands, India. Michael Reynolds (back row, far left) and director Oliver Hodge (front row, third from right)
Director Oliver Hodge takes a break from filming in India
Mike Reynolds teaches children to build with garbage in India
Interior Kitchen of Earthship, Taos, New Mexico
Pyramid House Castle Compound in Taos, New Mexico
Finished Earthship Hut in Little Andaman Island, India
Mike Reynolds works on bottle wall, Andaman Islands, India
Exterior of actor Dennis Weavers Earth Yacht
Architect Michael Reynolds.
Mike Reynolds pounds tires, New Mexico
Aerial shot of Earthships, Greater World Community, in Taos, New Mexico
Mike Reynolds works on can wall, New Mexico
Michael Reynolds at the Greater World Community, Taos, New Mexico