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Living the Change: A Documentary Film Series (2016) (trailer)

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A road trip around New Zealand in a waste vegetable oil-powered van making short films about permaculture, tiny houses, natural building, communities, simple livers, sustainability projects, and anyone with an inspiring story to tell, with the hopes of making change in the world.

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Our aim is to make fifteen short films while on the road, as well as films of the camper conversion for people interested in converting their own vans to run on waste vegetable oil. These short films will be available on YouTube for free and the entire collection along with footage of the journey itself will be edited into a two-hour documentary that will be available early for Indiegogo contributors and sold to the public at a later date.

Below is a list of the people and places we'll be visiting so far:

  •  Robert and Robyn Guyton's beautiful 20-year-old food forest in Riverton
  •  Wairarapa Eco Farm, the first and largest Community Supported Agriculture farm in New Zealand.
  •  Te Manaia Organics, large-scale vegetable growers now part of filmmaker James Cameron's exciting permaculture and food forestry enterprise in New Zealand.
  •  Helen Dew, founding member of Living Economies, passionate speaker on savings pools and alternative currencies, life-long vegetable gardener, seed-saver and an incredibly active member of her local community – all at the grand age of 78.
  • Innermost Gardens, an exciting community garden project in Wellington.
  • Project Lyttelton, a non-profit organization creating a sustainable community through  timebanking, community gardens, festivals, and lots more in the town of Lyttelton.
  • Hand Over a Hundy, a great initiative to help people start their own vegetable gardens.

When I look at the current state of the world I see a lot of problems, from climate change and peak oil and environmental destruction to the social problems and lack of connection with each other and the world around us that have helped to bring about those crises. It's easy to feel hopeless about it all. Yet I also see a lot of people taking the steps toward a way of life that is sustainable, healthy, and healing of the earth and of people. My dream is that my films will help to inspire others to begin taking the small steps that will help to bring about big changes.
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