Invitation: Melbourne Premiere of “A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity”

I’ve been relatively quiet on the Simplicity Collective this year, primarily because I’ve been investing so much time making a documentary, called “A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity”, which I’ve co-produced with Jordan Osmond of Happen Films. After 18 months of work, we’re delighted to announce a date for the Melbourne premiere of the film.

You’re invited! I know you’re not all in Melbourne or Victoria, but for those who are (or know people who are), I sure hope you’ll come celebrate the film on Friday 3 June at 6.30pm at Trades Hall. I’d also be super grateful if you’d share the following link with your networks. Many thanks.

Tickets and more details are available here.

Here’s the blurb:

The overlapping economic, environmental, and cultural crises of our times can seem overwhelming, can seem like challenges so great and urgent that they have no solutions. But rather than sticking our heads in the sand or falling into despair, we should respond with defiant positivity and try to turn the crises we face into opportunities for civilisational renewal.

During the year of 2015 a small community formed on an emerging ecovillage in Gippsland, Victoria, and challenged themselves to explore a radically ‘simpler way’ of life based on material sufficiency, frugality, permaculture, alternative technology and local economy. This documentary by Jordan Osmond and Samuel Alexander tells the story of this community’s living experiment, in the hope of sparking a broader conversation about the challenges and opportunities of living in an age of limits.

The documentary also presents new and exclusive interviews with leading activists and educators in the world’s most promising social movements, including David Holmgren (permaculture), Helena Norberg-Hodge (localisation), Ted Trainer (the simpler way), Nicole Foss (energy and finance), Bill Metcalf (intentional communities) and Graham Turner (limits to growth).

Tickets and more details are available here.

2 Responses to “Invitation: Melbourne Premiere of “A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity””

  1. How do I get a copy of the film to show at a permaculture course in Iowa USA?

    Also would like to show it in my community.

    Sam, I have been a fan of your work at Simplicity for some time now and have all your books. Attended the degrowth conference in Montreal a couple of years back .

  2. Samuel Alexander says:

    Hi, thanks for your interest. We won’t be posting the documentary online prior to the premiere and in the short term festival applications may limit distribution. But as soon as possible we’ll be making the film available for all, so keep an eye on this site or Simplicity Institute. Our primary motivation for making this documentary was so that local groups could organise local screenings, so there will be an opportunity for this, just now we’re not certain on dates. Thanks again.

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