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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Video Project
Closed Captioned: Yes
Running Time: 79 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2015
Available in French: No

Can true happiness and success be measured by material possessions? What is the personal and global impact of our consumer culture? Is there an alternative?

Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things examines the many aspects of the growing “minimalist” movement that is challenging compulsory consumerism and seeking a different path.

The authors of two best-selling books on minimalism, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, take viewers on a road trip across America that reveals the core ideas behind minimalism and meets people who share their transformational stories.

Millburn and Nicodemus are friends from college who lived the corporate rat race only to find that it never really brought them happiness. Though their paychecks grew, the void in their lives remained the same. Each had their own personal breaking point that moved them away from the consumer lifestyle.

From architects, designers, and musicians, to businessmen, authors, and families, the film explores the ways that many different types of people are attempting to live simpler, more meaningful lives, and their varied motivations for doing so.

Among the leading voices in the minimalist movement the film visits with are: sociologist/author Juliet Schor, Zen Habit’s Leo Babauta, Becoming Minimalist’s Joshua Becker, neuroscientist/author Sam Harris, and Colin Beavan, aka “No Impact Man”. Each lends their experience living a minimalist life and delves into the environmental, social and psychological wake that is the result of compulsive consumerism. 
 
“The Minimalists recount their experiments with simple living while showcasing like-minded reformers: couples who live in tiny houses, people committed to carbon-neutral living, the guy who travels full-time carrying everything he owns in a couple of shoulder bags.” 
– Boston Globe

Scene Selection • Closed Captioned

Awards:
Winner:
Most Inspirational Documentary, Orlando Film Festival
Best Documentary, Los Angeles Art-House Film Festival 
Best Documentary & Best Feature, Fort McMurray International Film Festival 

Official Selection:

NYC Independent Film Festival
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
Sedona Film Festival
Lone Star Film Festival
Raindance Film Festival
St Louis International Film Festival
Fargo Film Festival
Studio City International Film Festival
Cincinnati Film Festival
ITV Fest
Docville
 


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