Life Off Grid available for public viewing


Life Off Grid, a documentary film chronicling three years of research by producer Phillip Vannini and director Jonathan Taggart into the world of off-grid living, has just been released for public viewing through Video on Demand. The film is an in-depth look at the experiences, challenges, inventions, aspirations, and technologies typical of the off-grid lifestyle.

Vannini is a professor in the School of Communication and Culture and Canada Research Chair in Public Ethnography at Royal Roads University. Taggart, a Vancouver-based photographer and videographer, holds a Master of Arts in Intercultural & International Communication from Royal Roads University’s School of Communication and Culture. Between June 2011 and June 2013, the two travelled to each of Canada’s provinces and territories to document the everyday lives of people who live off the grid. They accumulated over 65,000 miles of travel and found 200 off-gridders living in approximately 100 homes.

"Off-grid" refers to a home or community disconnected from electric and natural gas infrastructures. People who live in off-grid homes are also self-reliant for other vital resources, such as water and food. For Vannini, “to live off-grid means to radically re-invent daily life in a dramatically innovative but also quite traditional way, and that reinvention is something we can all learn a great deal about.” 

Visit the Life Off Grid website to learn more about the film as well as the associated book, Off the Grid: Re-assembling Domestic Life written by Taggart and Vannini, published by Routledge.  An article on Life Off Grid is featured in the online magazine The Plaid Zebra this month.