This feature-length documentary follows architect Michael Reynolds and how he developed his environmentally conscious “Earthship” houses. So many of us have heard of these structures, which are built almost entirely from discarded materials, including tires and aluminum cans; and notably, many adventurous and dedicated environmentalists have built “Earthship” houses here in Canada. But few of us know of this maverick architect and his odyssey. Shot over three years in the United States, India and Mexico, Garbage Warrior tells the epic story of Reynolds and his crew of renegade house-builders from New Mexico and their fight to introduce radically different ways of living.
“Imagine a home that heats itself, that provides its own water, that grows its own food. Imagine that it needs no expensive technology, that it recycles its own waste, that it has its own power source. And now imagine that it can be built anywhere, by anyone, out of the things society throws away. Thirty years ago, architect Michael Reynolds imagined just such a home—then set out to build it. . . . Reynolds has been fighting ever since to bring his concept to the public. He believes that in an age of ecological instability and impending natural disaster, his buildings can—and will—change the way we live. A snapshot of contemporary geo-politics and an inspirational tale of triumph over bureaucracy, Garbage Warrior is above all an intimate portrait of an extraordinary individual and his dream of changing the world.”