No Facebook. No fast food. No problem? A documentary follows six students as they undergo a month-long experiment of living simply.
Can we thrive with less? Yes, seems to be the initial and emphatic answer from these six students (from Michigan State University). One female student looks into the camera and describes how she used to be a spontaneous person, but now, every moment of her life seems to be structured by plans. The next time we see her, she is happily shooing a heap of clothing into her car, as part of the household four-shirts-one-pair-of-pants rule.
The hour-long documentary explores how these students cope, living with less. No facebook, fast-food, social media, or driving. The results? Resilience is not immediate. One student breaks down after 19 days and orders a pizza. Another student looks into the camera and asks why they're not thriving yet.
The documentary debuted in June and is making its rounds at film festivals.
If you're in the East Lansing area, you can see the screening on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at 333 East Grand River Avenue, East Lansing, Michigan.
For more information, visit the Thrive With Less website.
08/17/12 updated 10/15/12