Richmond film fest features inspirational 'No Impact Man' documentary
On Saturday, Feb. 12, Richmond hosts its 3rd annual Environmental Film Festival in the Byrd Theatre.
Thu, Feb 10, 2011 at 2:53 PM
If for nothing else, attend this year's Richmond Environmental Film Festival
from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the historic Byrd Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 12, to see new environmental celebrity Colin Beavan attempt to live an entire year by having no impact on the environment.
At UVA, the documentary "No Impact Man"
has had an immediate impact on students by inspiring the UVA Green Challenge
. As the founder of the Green Challenge, I couldn't think of a more dynamic and underrepresented area of sustainability to promote than individual behavior after I watched the documentary.
What makes "No Impact Man" different from other documentaries? Instead of trying to convince the reader of a problem (like Al Gore does in "An Inconvenient Truth"), it tells a story of a New York City couple who finds unexpected benefits by trying everything imaginable to eliminate their environmental impact. The "No Impact Man" does not function as a "Green Living for Dummies" story, but instead Mr. Beavan's account reveals the personal side to living a low impact lifestyle (more time with family, healthier relationships and a fulfilling sense of purpose).
Come to the Film Festival by 1:45 p.m. Saturday to hear the story that has Virginia's students and environmentalists buzzing.
Photo courtesy noimpactdoc.com
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