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March 24, 2008

Michael Reynolds is the 'Garbage Warrior'

Stephen Holden in yesterday's New York Times noted tomorrow evening's one-time only screening in New York City of Oliver Hodge's new documentary, "Garbage Warrior," about Reynolds.

Long story short: He's a rebel architect who decided soon after he finished school that his training was worthless.

Wrote Holden, who called Reynolds "the ultimate recycler": "... he and a small band of followers have devoted their energy to creating structures he calls environmental earthships: housing made of discarded automobile tires, beer cans, plastic water bottles and other landfill materials mixed with dirt. The shapeless structures have no electrical lines or sewer pipes and make maximum use of light, wind and rainwater."

"Garbage Warrior" belongs to the David and Goliath school of documentary filmmaking with its true story of a scrappy little guy taking on the big, bad establishment. Mr. Reynolds’s constructions, many of them in the New Mexico desert around Taos, inevitably violate local zoning and housing regulations. The movie focuses on his 1997 courtroom battle after the authorities tried to shut down an earthship community. A charismatic, shaggy-haired renegade with a warm sense of humor, Mr. Reynolds makes agreeable company."

Tuesday, March 25, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. at the Walter Reade Theater (165 West 65th Street) in Lincoln Center; 212-875-5600; filmlinc.org; $11.

But perhaps you're not going to be able to make the screening.

I can see how that could be the case, considering how busy you are.

No problema.

The film will make its US TV premier on the Sundance Channel next week Tuesday, April 1, 2008.

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I want to help. my name is shannon. I live in gold bar Wa. Your drive, passion, and determination is inspiring to me. I work as a bartender and have noticed that most bar and restaraunts do not recycle cans, glass bottles, or bottled waters. It really gets under my skin. I bring them home when I have room in my recycling bin. But it's not enough, I want to do more. How could I possibly collect these things and donate them to your cause? I just cannot stand to watch such useful items being thrown away, in massive quantities, and everyday. Especially when I have seen the things you can do with it. I'm only one person, but each one of us counts.

Posted by: shannon | Jan 14, 2009 8:27:50 PM

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