Trailer of the Day: The Meaning of Vanlife

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Love is Now director Jim Lounsbury returns to our screens with his new documentary The Meaning of Vanlife.

The Meaning of Vanlife is an adventurous, revealing look into the Vanlife community through the eyes of nomads who have chosen to live a life of freedom on the road. A movement that exemplifies a deeper societal trend towards minimalism and authentic community building.

“As a naturalist, environmentalist and filmmaker, I have long wanted to make a film that captures the adventurous spirit of those who embrace conscious consumerism and sustainable living,” said Lounsbury. “As a father of two young boys, I make a point of ‘unplugging’ from modern life and throwing my sons into nature, often for weeks at a time, hoping that they too form a love for the outdoors, and learn to love the environment as I do.”

Lounsbury worked closely with Vanlife community stalwarts Jonny Dustow and Jared Campbell of Vanlife Diaries, to find and tell authentic stories from within the Vanlife community to examine why modern nomads have made the decision to forego traditional homes for a life on the road.

The film was partially funded on Kickstarter, and was shot in 2017 and 2018 in Australia and the United States.

Director Jim Lounsbury spent 4 months living in a van while capturing the stories (which he largely shot himself, apart from a few Australian scenes shot by Australian Cinematographer Anthony Jennings).

The majority of the photography, artwork and music featured in the documentary was sourced from within the Vanlife community.

The Meaning of Vanlife will be available via Stan on April 26. More information here.

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