Garbage Warrior

Garbage Warrior

DVD - 2008
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Imagine a home that heats itself, that provides its own water, hat grows its own food. Imagine that it needs no expensive technology, that it recycles its own waste, that it has its own power source. And now imagine that it can be built anywhere, by anyone, out of the things society throws away. Thirty years ago, architect Michael Reynolds imagined just such a home - then set out to build it. A visionary in the classic American mode, Reynolds has been fighting ever since to bring his concept to the public. He believes that in an age of ecological instability and impending natural disaster, his buildings can - and will - change the way we live. Shot over three years in the USA, India and Mexico, Garbage Warrior is a feature-length documentary film telling the epic story of maverick architect Michael Reynolds, his crew of renegade house builders from New Mexico, and their fight to introduce radically different ways of living. A snapshot of contemporary geo-politics and an inspirational tale of triumph over bureaucracy, Garbage Warrior is above all an intimate portrait of an extraordinary individual and his dream of changing the world.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Mongrel Media, c2008
ISBN: 9781552599426
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (86 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Feb 14, 2018

I think in 2018 this film is even more relevant than it was 8 years ago. I put a hold on this film while I was checking out different sources involving the garbage patches in our earthly waters, dumps, dumping and pollution from consumption around the world. The title is misleading and is the only thing I would change!
I really enjoyed this film all the way thru. I think the artist/producer did an awesome job and delivered an end masterpiece that is thoughtful, thought provoking and ultimately engaging. It’s not just the same old crap! Check it out, somebody who’s definitely not perfect trying to be better and make a change in himself, his surroundings and those around him! For those who were disappointed they didn’t talk more about the actual building plans and nerd out on the systems WRITE HIM A LETTER LOL. The guys not hiding geeze and the film wasn’t called how to build a hippy house either. Best movie period I’ve watched so far in 2018. Peace out

kevfarley Jun 13, 2015

It is interesting,.. but I have to agree with the review by 'hgibbins ' (see below).
There is not much by way of explanation about the actual workings.
I'd really like to know how they recycle human sewage to grow food.

Also , he was being sued for roofs that leaked and sewage that stank up the house, which is pretty basic, and not 'experimental'.

This may have contributed to his "experimental" difficulties,.. rather than just anti-eco-progress politics (?).

Dec 08, 2014

A rather interesting movie, but somewhat disappointing in that they said very little about how sustainable housing is built, designed, etc. The vast majority of the film dealt with all the politics and wrangling that had to be done in the New Mexico Senate to get a bill passed. If they had spent some time on the technical aspects rather that telling us how much of a rebel this guy is the film might be more useful.

Dec 15, 2012

Admirable. I've stayed at one of those buildings in New Mexico. Absolutely lovely!

aaa5756 Oct 06, 2012

This movie was entertaining and interesting but not one of my favorite for this year. “Not too bad---good performance”. "I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way.”

Jan 07, 2012

an inspiring must see film

Aug 31, 2011

This movie should be titled: The Fight of the Sustainable American Architect or even Earthship Man or something like that. The title is terribly misleading. He's no dumpster diver, but a brilliant man who is truly a hero. But his journey is riddled with bureaucratic speedbumps. His homes are a beauty to look at. I won't give away more than that, but this is really worth watching!

Sep 26, 2010

This is an amazing film. I am really fascinated by the courage and the techniques used by Michael Reynolds. We should start to think how we can live sustainably, Michael makes it an reality.

Aug 05, 2010

Inspiring! This man may be a little crazy, but if you're interested in living off grid and building your own earth ship, this will definitely get you motivated to do some research.


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Aug 31, 2011

Coarse Language: One F-word was all that I noticed.


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Sep 03, 2014

We’re trying to devise a method of living that allows people to take care of themselves.


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