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FMTV - Life Off Grid

Life Off Grid

Runtime: 85m 32s | Release date: 2016

LIFE OFF GRID is a two-year journey exploring the lives of Canadians in every province and territory who have made the choice to disconnect. This film, which is also a book, is about people who have chosen to build their lives around renewable energy, with beautiful, inspiring, and often challenging results.

Off-grid is not a state of mind. It is not about being out of touch, living in a remote place, or turning off your mobile phone. Off-grid simply means living without a connection to the electric and natural gas infrastructure. From 2011 to 2013, Jonathan Taggart and Phillip Vannini spent two years traveling across Canada to find 200 off-gridders and visit them in their homes. They met off-gridders in every single province and territory and through their film, they narrated the travels and chronicled in depth the experiences, challenges, inventions, aspirations, and ways of life of people who have chosen to radically re-invent daily life in a dramatically innovative, but also quite traditional, way.

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Jonathan Taggart
Phillip Vannini

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Ron Goodswen | 1 week, 2 days ago
What a Marvellous and inspiring film about these latter-day pioneers who choose to live a very challenging, but ultimately rewarding lifestyle.
It's not for everyone though, however we can all do something small or something great to make our world a better place in which to live.
Start small, but think big... but at least start.
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Andrea Alicer | FMTV | 1 week, 2 days ago
We totally agree, Ron! We really appreciate your feedback and it's great to hear you loved the film. :) ~ Andrea@FMTV
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francesca massey | 1 month ago
We live off grid here, and watching this has reinforced our choice, Thank you.
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Iris Aguanta | FMTV | 1 month ago
Great to know Francesca! Thanks for watching! ❤️ ~ Iris
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Melanie Issett | 1 month, 1 week ago
Really really enjoyed this film. I am a university student in Ontario and I am studying Environmental Science and Business and truly standing at a crossroads as to where I want to take my life...do I spend my time in the corporate world trying to make them more sustainable? Or do I try to enjoy the beauty of the earth with a minimal impact, living off of the grid, and trying to set an example? I am not sure. I am sure this community struggles with this debate often, any insights or advice would be lovely :) Thank you Food Matters TV for preaching what I so feel in my heart to be true.
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Annette Anderson | 1 month, 1 week ago
Melanie,
Sometimes it's beneficial to try different things, even if you plan to never do it again. That often will help give you a better perspective with future endeavors.

What about 6-month internships, even informal ones or ones you create? Do you need to complete a project before graduating? Maybe you could make this research part of this project?

Just tossing ideas out there. Maybe it'll spark another idea for you.

Good luck! We live in a fortunate time where boundaries aren't as limiting.
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Beth MacIntosh | 3 weeks, 2 days ago
Hi Melanie, I also live in Ontario. I've been working for corporations for over 15 years. It's been great to build skills in my field, meet lots of people who have helped me start working from home (no more offices - yay!), and make money to afford real estate. The negative side is that I have become part of the "sitting" generation (all day at a desk), and haven't worked much on living lightly on the earth, and building knowledge toward a dream of being more self-sustaining. On the bright side, maybe I'm more financially able to take time off work now and learn those skills/methods of living off-grid or lightly on the grid... so I feel your dilemma! At least you are in a degree that can give you work that can help the planet. If you start working when you graduate, you can see if you can make a meaningful contribution that can influence others' way of life and help the environment, save money, and work toward living off grid. Just a warning, the "easy" life of getting a pay cheque is addictive and you may find yourself putting your dreams off for financial security, so be clear and firmly rooted in your goals. Good luck!
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Alison Gordon | 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Enjoyed this film very much. I have wanted to live off the grid for years but don't have the skills required and now only do small things to try to help our plant such as recycling and growing fruit trees and veggies organically during the summer. I also can these fruits and vegetables for our non growing season.
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Pauline Balidiong | FMTV | 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Thank you so much for watching! A little help will go a long way! You can do it, Alison :) ~ Pauline
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Marina Edgar | 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Could NEVER live this way - what endurance....not for the feint hearted.....it is being isolated from the whole world and the world is such a wonderful place to visit and so much to see....and LEARN.
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