GARBAGE WARRIOR (UK, 2007, 88 min.)

Wunderkind New Mexico architect/engineer Michael Reynolds has evolved a new form of architecture— “earthship biotecture”—that recasts the home as a self-sustaining natural unit unified with the earth. Made from the recycled detritus of industrial civilization, including tires, cans and plastic bottles, these innovative dwellings form self-sufficient, off-the-grid communities where design and function converge in eco-harmony. However, these experimental structures that defy state standards create conflict between Reynolds and the authorities and he lobbies to have land set aside for architectural experimentation. Growing impatient with bureaucracy, he takes his innovative techniques to the Andaman Islands to assist those grappling with the aftermath of the Asian tsunami and to Mexico after Hurricane Rita. This portrait of a determined visionary and his 30-year quest to bring sustainable housing construction into the mainstream profiles a charismatic leader in the battle to save our planet. Directed by Oliver Hodge. Produced by Rachel Wexler.

Part of an afternoon of films at the National Gallery. Other films: PROFIT MOTIVE AND THE WHISPERING WIND, THE DELAWARE PROJECT, RADIANT CITY.

Ticket/Reservation Info:

Free. No reservations needed.

National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium

Fourth St. & Constitution Ave., NW

(METRO: Archives/Navy Memorial)

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Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital