FMTV - Van Boom

Van Boom

Runtime: 93m 02s | Release date: 2018

This film features: Sergei Boutenko.

405,000 new vans hit US roads every year. Sprinter vans, Ford Transit vans, and Dodge Promasters are everywhere with some media outlets speculating that van life is the new American Dream.

Is van life really the next American dream? If so, why? Are people moving into vans because they can no longer afford to live in houses? Or perhaps folks are abandoning traditional lifestyles for something alternative that’s more fulfilling? If this is the case, does van living actually make people happy and fulfilled?

Sergei Boutenko was curious about the growing van trend and decided to do some investigative journalism. In the summer of 2018, Boutenko covered 18,000 miles of the United States and interviewed 80+ people about vans in order to get to the bottom of what’s going on.

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Sergei Boutenko

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Kristy Baker | 1 month, 2 weeks ago
As a van lifer I gotta say that this movie sucked. He had an opportunity to make an amazing film that highlighted the movement and instead it was half infomercial, half the creator talking to the camera with his personal opinions. In the end he never really got below the surface and examined the movement. And he never really got into the community. The only van rally that attracts people who have been living on the road for a long time is the Rubber Tramp Rendezvous which he didn't attend (which doesn't make sense if you're making a documentary about the movement). In my experience the rallies that he attended mostly draw in those new to vanning thus why he got such a short statistic for how long people stay in vans. If the creator wants to do an accurate documentary join the van groups on Facebook and connect with people, attend the RTR, and actually show the interviews and let viewers make their own hypothesis.
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Iris Aguanta | FMTV | 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Hi Kristy, We are committed to serving our community as best we can and really value hearing your feedback. I have passed your feedback on to the broader team so that we can review and take into consideration going forward, but we do hope that you can take away the positive message as intended by the filmmaker 🌷 ~ Iris@FMTV
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Gerrit van Bruggen | 2 months ago
Overall, this is a poorly executed documentary. The quality of the filming and the interviewing was low. Way too much time listening to the creator of the film talk as well. Not a good representation of this topic, unfortunately. Almost turned it off a couple of times, and now wish we had.
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Isabelle Wilson | 5 months, 4 weeks ago
After reading the comment below mine, would like to comment on the marketing that someone seemed annoyed by. I personally found it very useful and necessary for someone who will want to get started. I see it as a bonus . Again thank you , great documentary, lively, fun to watch and well explicit!
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Ivory David | FMTV | 5 months, 4 weeks ago
We appreciate your kind understanding and for seeing the positive side Isabelle, lots of love! ~ Ivory :)
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Isabelle Wilson | 5 months, 4 weeks ago
Sergei, what an awesome documentary, it's an eye opener, very well done, make me wish I was 20 again! great job on the wide range of opinions, facts, and statistics. Very well researched! Really enjoyed watching it, and what a great closing statement. Loved it! Thanks a million!
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Ivory David | FMTV | 5 months, 4 weeks ago
Thank you for your kind words Isabelle, we are happy knowing that you had a great time watching the film ~ Ivory :)
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Fred Salazar | 5 months, 4 weeks ago
Intro to Film read/sounds interesting. but was turned off by all the accessory marketing with music in the beginning. Felt like i was watching a how to YOUTUBE video.
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Pauline Balidiong | FMTV | 5 months, 4 weeks ago | Edited 5 months, 4 weeks ago
Hello, Fred :) Los subtítulos están disponibles en la mayoría de los videos dentro de FMTV, y muchos también tienen subtítulos en inglés, español, y algunos incluso tienen alemán, holandés, francés e italiano. Para acceder a los subtítulos en FMTV al iniciar sesión a través del sitio web, simplemente seleccione el contenido que desea ver. Cuando aparezca el reproductor de video, en la esquina inferior derecha, al lado del ícono de volumen, verá un ícono 'CC' si los títulos o subtítulos están disponibles. Seleccione el icono 'CC' y elija la opción que desee del menú que aparece. Por favor, háganos saber si tiene preguntas :) ~ Pauline
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Patrina Nuske-Small | 6 months, 2 weeks ago
On one hand this movie seems like a infomercial, on the other it explores what motivates people to remove themselves from western-culture-type expectations. It wasn’t in-depth however and I nearly turned it off at the 3/4 point.... chose to sit it out in case it had any deeper conclusions. Not really.
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