Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things

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How might your life be better with less? “Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things” examines the many flavors of minimalism by taking the audience inside the lives of minimalists from all walks of life—families, entrepreneurs, architects, artists, journalists, scientists, and even a former Wall Street broker—all of whom are striving to live a meaningful life with less.

The movie follows Joshua and Ryan as they crossed the country a couple years ago promoting their book “All That Remains.” Interwoven are interviews with the two men about how they went from stressed out, consumer-crazed corporate strivers to blissed out paragons of pared down living and dispensers of hugs.

But a good deal of the film cuts away to talk about applied minimalism and the global impact of consumer culture. There are interviews with the leading figures in the movement and various experts: Zen Habit’s Leo Babauta, Becoming Minimalist’s Joshua Becker, Rowdy Kitten’s Tammy Strobel, neuroscientist/author Sam Harris, Colin Beavan, aka “No Impact Man,” our own Graham Hill and many, many more. Each lends their experience of living a life as a minimalist, but also delve into topics related to “compulsory consumption” and the environmental, social and psychological wake that follows this behavior. Topics include architecture, tiny house living, fashion, meditation and neuroscience. If you weren’t inclined toward a more minimal existence going into the movie, you probably will be at the end.


Release Year: 2015

Running Time: 79 minutes

Director: Matt D'Avella

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