Movie Review - Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things
A few months ago I was perusing Twitter (which in the spirit of being honest here, I only really use personally for my NASCAR obsession). Lucky for me, since I don't get on very often, I saw a quick tweet about The Minimalists launching a documentary they had been working on while travelling the US educating people on simple living.
The documentary won't launch until later next month, but they were hosting a private charity screening at a new local coffee shop in our area to benefit building an orphanage in Honduras. I was stoked! What were the chances of all places in the nation, they were stepping right into our backyard? I took it as a sure sign that we were supposed to go :) So, being the frugal (ahem, sometimes cheapskate) person that I am, I anteed up and bought the tickets. Besides, it's for charity right! I still remember up until that night, and even on the way there, Reid was asking me "So, who are these people, and what are we seeing?" Ha!
We walked in to a pretty bare little coffee shop (which we would all soon learn that Ryan and Josh are now co-owners of) with only the very basics set up, as they still hadn't opened to the public. It ended up being a sold out event, and we were all snuggly wrapped in there together, coffee and tea in hand. Along with seeing the film, it was really nice to actually meet the people behind it, hear their stories, and learn a little bit about what went on behind the scenes.
Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things (2016)
Length: 80 Minutes
Director: Matt D’Avella
Executive Producers: Dave Latulippe, Joshua Field Millburn, Ryan Nicodemus, Jeff Sarris, Marla Sarris
Synopsis from the filmmakers: "Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things examines the many flavors of minimalism by taking the audience inside the lives of minimalists from all walks of life.
From minimalist architects, designers, and musicians, to businessmen, authors, and minimalist families, this film explores various recipes for how to live a more meaningful, deliberate life. Not a perfect life, not an easy life—a simple one."
Josh and Ryan take us along on their road trip adventures as they stop in several US cities meeting and talking with people from all different walks of life, sharing their personal stories, and exploring this seemingly new ideology of Minimalism.
From speaking at large events such as SxSW, to smaller, more intimate gatherings in local libraries and morning radio shows, the movie gives a good balance of informing the viewer of the seriousness of the issue, as well as lighter moments of people who, let's say, just don't get it.
The film does a good job of showing you that this life choice isn't relegated to living like a pauper in the smallest space possible. We see people from many walks of life, from those living in rural areas to big cities, from a dude living out of a backpack to news anchors and executives. Minimalism is a life choice for a variety of people and lifestyles for different reasons.
It touches on some environmental and spiritual aspects, but this comprises a very small portion of the film. So, those looking for something more along those lines might be a little disappointed.
I took many things away after watching the film. It's been a couple months since we've seen it, but one scene featuring a former Wall Street broker has constantly stuck in my mind. When someone who seemingly has it all, is offered his dream job in one of the nation's biggest cities, and walks away from it all, the realization and sincere emotion of the moment really grabs you. If you are not a person who would typically watch a documentary, I would suggest giving this one a try. You will not only learn a few things and really start to think about some different aspects of life, you will thoroughly enjoy it.
To purchase tickets in your area, go to: Minimalismfilm.com/watch and put in your zip code. This is a special, limited release, so screenings must "Tip" (enough tickets must be sold) at that theater in order for it to show.
If you're in our area of Tampa Bay, please consider attending the Veterans 24 theater at 9302 Anderson Rd, Tampa, FL 33634. We'll be there, and as of today 36 more tickets need to be sold in order for it to show on May 24th at 7:30pm. If you're going, or have any questions, hit us up and we'll plan a night of it. Feel free to Contact Us Here!