Off the Grid: Life On The Mesa

Off the Grid: Life On The Mesa

By Jeremy Stulberg, Randy Stulberg

Synopsis

Twenty-Five miles from town, a million miles from mainstream society, a loose-knit community of eco-pioneers, teenage runaways, war veterans and drop-outs, live on the fringe and off the grid, struggling to survive with little food, less water and no electricity, as they cling to their unique vision of the American dream.

Filmmakers Jeremy Stulberg and Randy Stulberg were granted rare access to a community that has willfully cut itself off from the world, and Off the Grid: Life on the Mesa is a documentary about the people who have chosen to live in the middle of nowhere. The residents of the mesa prefer not to involve the police in their affairs -- not surprising for people who are often heavily armed and destroy old cars for fun -- and they live by a few simple rules, most important being "Don't steal from your neighbor" and "Don't shoot your neighbor." However, some new arrivals on the mesa begin testing the patience of their neighbors as a handful of anarchist teenage runaways foolishly steal food from others when their own pantry runs dry.
United States 64 minutes 2007 English
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Awards
  • Jury Award (Best Documentary) - 2007 Ann Arbor Film Festival (Ann Arbor, United States)
Festivals
  • Starz First Look Student Film Festival 2008 (Denver, United States)
  • AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival 2007 (Los Angeles, United States)
  • Ann Arbor Film Festival 2007 (Ann Arbor, United States)
  • Athens International Film Festival 2007 (Athens, Greece)
  • BendFilm 2007 (Bend, United States)
  • Chicago Underground Film Festival 2007 (Chicago, United States)
  • Floating Film Festival 2007 (Traveling)
  • Jihlava Film Festival 2007 (Jihlava, Czech Republic)
  • Maine International Film Festival 2007 (Waterville, United States)
  • Maryland Film Festival 2007 (Baltimore, United States)
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  • 80.0/5 Stars.

Alternative lifestyles

by Brad on Apr 22nd, 2011
This is a window into the the most extreme version of 'alternative lifestyles' I have ever seen. I would have never guessed that something like this existed in the states. With a shortage on almost everything essential (including sanity) the people on the Mesa miraculously make it year to year. A great glimpse into true alternative.
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