My name is Emmett Brennan, one of the film makers working on a feature length permaculture documentary entitled 'Inhabit; A Permaculture Perspective.' My project partner, Costa Boutsikaris, and I traveled around the Northeastern and Midwestern regions of the US documenting some of the most influential sites and people that we could find. Some of the folks are: Mark Shepard, Geoff Lawton, Charles Eisenstien, Andrew Faust, Ben Falk, Eric Toensmeier, Lisa Fernandes, Susana Kaye Lein, Dave Jacke, Gwen Hallsmith, Michael Phillips, and a host of other inspirational voices. The resulting footage from this journey is deeply powerful, and we can't wait to begin sharing it. Below is a link to a 7-minute highlight video that we put together. It is a rough edit and is not meant to be a trailer. Rather, it is a brief glimpse into our journey which gives an idea of the overall cinematic and content quality.
In this time of social and ecological disconnection, 'Inhabit' focalizes the need to meet human needs of food, shelter, community, and commerce while also regenerating ecosystem health. It is a solutionary tale that calls on the redesign of agriculture to create a more harmonious culture.
It reveals concepts and practices that are at the forefront of social, political, economic, and environmental awareness, and it documents on-ground solutions to some of our most pressing issues. These include: the waste and depletion of natural resources; the fragility of big agriculture and its continued degradation of land; the raising toxicity of soil, water and air; the necessity for technological transition in a time of peak oil - looking at methods of food production that require little to no input of a finite resource and that are instead self-regenerative; the need for local/regional food systems; the list goes on to include topics of medicine, governance, economy and culture. Each person and place documented offers unique commentary on the Western notion of human-ecological separateness, and each discusses the effects of such a belief on the pillars of our culture. 'Inhabit' calls for something new while also providing real-life responses. It is a film about solutions, shown through the lens of permaculture, seated in a biological and ecological conversation of the human-Earth relationship.
We will be launching a Kickstarter campaign in April to support the processes of editing, scoring, coloring, marketing/promoting, submitting to festivals, and distributing. We are ecstatic about the phase we are in, and we are happy to be sharing this part of the process with you. Any feedback is warmly welcomed, and if you are interested in supporting at some capacity - be it financial or through networking abilities, etc - please reach out! The intention behind sharing this now is so that we may share in the excitement of this film, and so that we may begin building greater awareness and support of/for it as we move closer to its completion!
You can see a small teaser trailer from the beginning of the journey at our website: www.inhabitfilm.com. We also have a facebook page: www.facebook.com/inhabitfilm. Both of these sites will be altered and added to soon.