Beyond-Off-Grid Film Promotes Self-Reliant Lifestyle

| 9/12/2013 10:54:00 AM

filmingMissouri filmmaker Sophek “Sean” Tounn is on the last leg of a three-year-long undertaking to help others think beyond preparing for a single-event disaster, and instead develop self-reliant skills to last a lifetime.

Using Hurricane Sandy as an example, Tounn said the modern way of living is not conducive to health or longevity because people have become too dependent on the government or others helping them survive a calamity.

“This film is about living is such a way that we’re less dependent on outside entities,” Tounn said.

Tounn’s interest in survival, homesteading, permaculture and off-grid living was stirred about eight years ago when he came upon a 150-page book, “Henry and the Great Society,” a fictional account of how a family’s happy life is destroyed after connecting to the grid and becoming consumers – unhappy, unhealthy, debt-ridden, overworked and dependent.

In 2010, Tounn contacted agrarian author Michael Bunker about the possibility of a film that would include aspects of Bunker’s book, “Surviving Off Off-Grid: Decolonizing the Industrial Mind.” Tounn said Bunker was skeptical at first because he is approached often by producers who are simply looking for material. When Bunker realized Tounn was sincerely interested in the lifestyle, he agreed to be part of the project.

Then, late last year, Tounn began rounding up and filming experts in a range of homesteading topics nationwide for Beyond Off-Grid, a documentary to help people become self-sustaining. The film is comprised of five major sections – family, food, history, natural building and water.

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