HAPPEN FILMS

“The solutions are out there and people are pioneering this transition. We want to find these people and share their stories in order to inspire others to make change in their own lives and in their communities. We need to transition to not just living ‘sustainably’, but in a way that heals and regenerates the damage that’s been done. So how do we go about doing this? Exploring this question is what Happen Films was founded upon.“ ~ Happen Films

A Simpler Way – Watch Free Film

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Duration: 1 hour 19 minutes
Directed by:
Jordan Osmond and Samuel Alexander
Written by:
Samuel Alexander, Jordan Osmond, and Antoinette Wilson
Executive Producers: The Simplicity Institute, Marcus Foth, Dale & Clare Hembrow
Cinematography: Jordan Osmond,
Edited by: Richard Sidey and Aliscia Young

A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity 

“A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity” is a feature-length documentary that follows a community in Australia who came together to explore and demonstrate how to live in response to global crises. Throughout the year the group built tiny houses, planted veggie gardens, practiced simple living, and learned to live in community. This film is the first documentary shot by Happen Films and is a product of hours of footage that Jordan Osmond shot during a year-long experiment in simple living.

The film documents the community’s learning process as well as exploring the global issues we’re facing, through interviews with some of today’s most interesting speakers on the subjects, including permaculture co-originator David Holmgren, filmmaker and activist Helena Norberg-Hodge, climate change activist David Spratt, Nicole Foss, Ted Trainer, Graham Turner, and more.

ABOUT HAPPEN FILMS

Happen Films is a talented creative team in New Zealand that creates solution-focused documentaries that help guide us back into harmony with the rest of nature. Their aim is to showcase and demonstrate inspiring solutions to the multiple global crises we’re facing today. Whether its climate change, financial inequality, pervasive toxins or environmental collapse, it’s been said that within every crisis lies great opportunity. It’s up to the storytellers to engage us in fresh ways of seeing the world and relating to one another.

The two founders, Antoinette Wilson and Jordan Osmond, have made two feature documentary films, Living the Change: Inspiring Stories for a Sustainable Future and A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity (3.5 million views on YouTube), both featured on Films for the Planet.

In his mid-teens Jordan was struck by how documentary films were having an impact on how he saw the world and how he lived his life. Impressed by what an effective medium for change they were, he has since worked as the Happen Films director, writer, editor and cinematographer creating huge impact in the lives of others.

A journey of exploration into personal and global health led Antoinette to work in an organic market garden and eventually to participating in the documentary film A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity. During this time, she saw the extraordinary capacity of film to educate and inspire. She brought her production and story-telling skills over from the book industry to research, write, produce, and co-direct their films.

So far, this prolific team has also produced 28 short films on topics such as permaculture, food forests, organic and biodynamic farming, tiny houses, zero-waste living, regenerative agriculture, off-the grid living, indigenous food sovereignty and more.

“The solutions are out there and people are pioneering this transition. We want to find these people and share their stories in order to inspire others to make change in their own lives and in their communities. We need to transition to not just living ‘sustainably’, but in a way that heals and regenerates the damage that’s been done. So how do we go about doing this? Exploring this question is what Happen Films was founded upon.“

Their latest project, “Together We Grow”, is a documentary about the Common Unity Project, a charity that works collaboratively with community, schools and organizations in Lower Hutt, New Zealand. The Common Unity Project has created a honey and beekeeping collective, a bicycle recycling program, sewing and knitting circles, a local timebank, and a thriving urban farm with an associated kitchen, grocery co-op, and catering service, among other initiatives.

Common Unity Projects include the ReMakery – “a place to rebuild, restructure and redefine old, out-of-date things. It is a place to create a new way, starting with the best of what we already know, and the best of what we already have. It is a place for sharing knowledge, time and skills, and for learning, learning, learning…together, we grow our own solutions.”

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