Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective

A documentary film introducing Permaculture — designing a world where people and planet can thrive.

Why A Film About Permaculture?

Humanity is more than ever threatened by its own actions; we hear a lot about the need to minimize footprints and to reduce our impact. But what if our footprints were beneficial? What if we could meet human needs while increasing the health and well-being of our planet? This is the premise behind permaculture: a design process based on the replication of patterns found in nature.

Permaculture is a road map for the redesign of human systems. It calls for a culture that acts in harmony with the forces of nature and it says "let’s design an agriculture that increases the quality of life for all beings, and let’s achieve the same through our social, economic, and political systems."

Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective

Inhabit is a feature length documentary introducing permaculture. It presents a vast array of projects, concepts, and people, and it translates the diversity of permaculture into something that can be understood by an equally diverse audience. For those familiar, it will be a call to action and a glimpse into what’s possible — what kind of projects and solutions are already underway. For those unfamiliar, it will be an introduction to a new way of being and a new way of relating to the Earth. For everyone, it will be a reminder that humans are capable of being planetary healing forces.

Focused mostly on the Northeastern and Midwestern regions of the United States, Inhabit provides an intimate look at permaculture peoples and practices. During the Spring, Summer, and Fall of 2013, we documented over 20 sites in a range of rural, suburban, and urban environments. We explored a breadth of response to local and global challenges from issues of food, water, and medicine, to governance, economy, and culture.

We Need Support For Post-Production!

At the end of 2013 we wrapped principal photography, capturing over 100 hours of footage. Now we’re looking for help from the Permaculture community to make the telling of this story possible

Post-Production costs include:

  • Editing
  • Color Correction / Sound Mixing
  • Original Music Score 
  • Publishing 
  • Submitting to Festivals
  • Marketing / PR
  • Distribution

To cover these costs, we need a minimum of $18,000. This money will allow us to work with a composer and to dedicate ourselves more completely to the success of this project. 

Because of the way Kickstarter works, we must raise our complete goal of $18,000 to receive any funding, so your contribution is crucial for this to succeed. 

Featured In The Film

Our enormous thanks to the individuals below. Each person featured in this film represents the cutting edge of permaculture thought and practice. 

Filmmakers Costa Boutsikaris and Emmett Brennan

Thank you for taking the time to read about our project, we hope that you’re inspired to support us by:

  1. Contributing financially to our campaign!
  2. Sharing this Kickstarter with your friends, family, and followers!

With great thanks,

Costa and Emmett

Original music by Aled Roberts:


  1. I loved your film. I would like to know if there are any chances that it could be subtitled in Spanish, as it would be really beneficial in my part of the world. I am from Uruguay, and at the moment fighting against against a government that is determined to ruin our coast and start up a huge mining industry, and has already sold itself to Monsanto. This president, José Mujica sells himself as a good man internationally and is pasing unconstitutional laws against Nature without consulting his own people. Which is why a documentary like yours would be so helpful to awaken people. Thankyou very much.

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