A new film project is underway that will explore the power of thinking locally and how design can impact the world. Aptly named LOCAL: Make the Switch, the project will consist of 25 short films and an ambitious social media site that seeks to turn our media consumption into positive action. To help get the films in the can they are looking to Kickstarter for some love. With inspiring stories on rooftop gardens, eco hub communities, and the Living Building Challenge, LOCAL will provide the key insights about how we can make new urbanism a reality.
The profiled stories are not feel-good tales about recycling incentives and solar gardens (although we love those) – they revolve around transforming entire communities from the bottom up, through design and through visionary participants. Many of the films will focus on new forms of urbanism with interviews with environmental thought leaders, adding a personal touch to the work profiled.
The team has posted their first sample film up on Kickstarter to offer a peek at the rich production quality and inspired content. It covers Christine Baker’s edible schoolyard in a reclaimed Brooklyn parking lot, Robert Hammond and the creation of the High Line, and the inspiring words from Vandana Shiva of the World Future Council: “No big change starts big, all big changes begins small in our communities, in our gardens in our lives, in our consciousness.”
The film project, co-developed by 5 long-time producers, is the first step in a media site designed to connect those who yearn to partake in creating livable communities and those who are making them happen. “Local” is a big buzz word thanks to groups like BALLE and the shop local mantra, but economics is just a small part of the lesson being displayed across the US. We can’t just shop our way to well being – we need to literally grow, design, and organize holistically for where we live.