A tour of Fred and Shannon Schultz’s amazing off-the-grid tiny house on wheels in Victoria, Australia.
Fred spent 3 years designing the house in SketchUp and another year building it, mostly by himself and with little experience.
I love tiny houses because they’re a beautiful solution to the current problem of home ownership. Everyone requires a home and needing to take out a 30 year mortgage to be able to own a house is ridiculous. Since this is the way the system around us is set up many people take this option because they don’t see another way, tiny houses provide one of the alternatives to this broken system. Land ownership is another issue, with it also being very expensive. One solution to this problem is buying land with other people and living in an intentional community together. There are already tiny house communities appearing in America and I’m sure that more will soon be popping up all over the world. It’s great to see people working on creating the solutions to these problems and working towards creating a better world. I’m excited to share these stories though the films that I make.
Jordan and the team at Happen Films are also asking for help, please read below and enjoy the films.
A road trip around New Zealand to share inspiring stories through short documentary films.
Hi there, my name is Jordan Osmond. I’m 21 years old and I’m just starting out as a documentary filmmaker. I’m currently finishing filming the feature-length documentary A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity, which earlier this year successfully crowdfunded over $11,000. The last footage is being shot and the files will soon be sent to our editor.
For this documentary I’ve spent the year living in an intentional community with nine others, exploring simple living, permaculture and natural building as ways to reduce our ecological footprint. This experience has cemented my belief that a low-impact lifestyle is not only necessary but a very satisfying way to live, and that changing the world from the bottom up is possible. I’m passionate about sharing this important message through the films I make. This brings me to my next adventure – Living the Change: A Documentary Film Series.
So here’s the plan. In mid-January I’m heading to New Zealand with my partner and sound recordist Antoinette. When we arrive in New Zealand we’ll spend the first month converting a van into a camper van using recycled materials, and modifying it to run on waste vegetable oil. This will be our home for the following two months.
After the conversion we’ll hit the road to travel the North and South islands making short films about people pioneering the transition to a sustainable way of life in areas of society such as housing, food, business, healthcare, money, and community. We’ll be filming permaculture properties, tiny houses, backyard gardeners, simple livers, and all sorts of people with inspirational stories to tell.
Below is an ever-evolving list of people and places confirmed so far:
• Robert and Robyn Guyton’s beautiful 20-year-old food forest in Riverton;
• Wairarapa Eco Farm, the first and largest Community Supported Agriculture farm in New Zealand;
• Te Manaia Organics, large-scale vegetable growers now part of filmmaker James Cameron’s exciting permaculture and food forestry enterprise in New Zealand;
• Helen Dew, founding member of Living Economies, passionate speaker on savings pools and alternative currencies, life-long vegetable gardener, seed-saver and an incredibly active member of her local community – all at the grand age of 78;
• Avonstour Heritage Organic Farm, specialising in heritage animal breeds and sellers of high-quality organic meat.
We’re talking with a bunch of interesting folk still to be confirmed and researching more. We’d love to hear your suggestions of inspiring people and places that might welcome being part of our project. Please contact us with your ideas!
We can’t do this without you and we hope you’ll join us on this exciting adventure towards inspiring change in the world.
Some of Happen Films Youtube Videos, you may have seen.
For more information about Happen Films Indiegogo Campaign, please click here, https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/living-the-change-a-documentary-film-series#/
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