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Premieres: First Look: No Impact Man

Introduced by Co-director Laura Gabbert

Directed by Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein

Colin Beavan and co-director Laura Gabbert will be present for a Q&A with the audience following the screening.

Manhattanite Colin Beavan decides to embark on an experiment to see if leading a life with zero environmental impact affects happiness. To make it work, however, his coffee- and shopping-addicted wife and their toddler have to join his quest. Gabbert and Schein’s film follows this life-changing adventure as the family adapts to their new lifestyle, the couple struggles with their marriage, and the criticisms fly after Beavan’s many media appearances. “No Impact Man suggests that individual change can be the first step in a quantum leap toward a systemic, societal shift. And the temporary discomfort just might be worth it” (Sundance Film Festival). 2009, video, 93 minutes. A Q&A with the co-director follows the screening.

Click here to see the No Impact Man trailer

Laura Gabbert

Raised in Minnesota,  now based in Los Angeles, producer/director Laura Gabbert produced the feature film—adapted from a Joyce Carol Oates short story collection—Getting to Know You (1999 Sundance and Venice film festivals; 2000 Women with Vision). She directed and produced the critically acclaimed feature-length documentary Sunset Story, presented at the 2004 Women with Vision Festival after premiering at the 2003 Tribeca Film Festival (Special Jury Award). It also earned the Audience Award at the 2003 IFP/Los Angeles Film Festival. No Impact Man premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.


The Premieres: First Look series is made possible by generous support from Elizabeth Redleaf.