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"No Impact Man" Consumes U.S. Rights

A scene from Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein's documentary "No Impact Man." Image courtesy of Oscilloscope Laboratories.

U.S. rights Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein's documentary "No Impact Man" has been picked up by Oscilloscope Laboratories. The film, which had its world debut this year at the Sundance Film Festival, takes a look at the personal fallout resulting from one man's decision to eliminate his family's impact on the environment in downtown Manhattan. The film will screen at the upcoming SilverDocs and Los Angeles Film Festivals.

Oscilloscope will open the film in theaters on September 4th, 2009, with a DVD and digital release to follow.

Colin Beavan, author, and newly self-proclaimed environmentalist, decides to leave behind a life of liberal complacency for a vow to make zero environmental impact for one year. No more automated transportation, no more electricity, no more non-local food, no more material consumption. That is, until his espresso-guzzling, Prada-worshipping wife Michelle, and their young toddler, enter the fray. Oscilloscope describes the film as "an insightful and funny look at how one family deals with turning their lives upside down in the name of the planet."

"This film really got me. It's the first time I've seen an environmentally concerned film with a strong comedic element," commented Oscilloscope head Adam Yauch in a statement. "I still think about it every time I go to the supermarket."

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