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Bicycle journey that explored “radical homesteading” rolls into Velo Cult tonight

Posted by on April 4th, 2013 at 11:16 am

The Hussin brothers and their vehicles.
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Two brothers who took a two-year, cross-country, roadkill-fueled bicycle journey while exploring “radical homesteading,” and “guerilla camping” will screen some of their films at Velo Cult tonight. Noah Hussin and his brother Tim documented the entire trip and are working on a film project titled America Recycled.

With partial funding from National Geographic, the brothers sought out how people were living off the land and spent time with communities far off the grid. Noah and Tim grew up in suburban Florida where they became, “Disillusioned by many of our inherited cultural values.” Their trip was an attempt to discover a different way of living. Here’s more from their USA Projects crowdfunding site:

“Rather than focusing on the nuts and bolts of building new infrastructure and restructuring cultural relationships, our work explores the social, spiritual, and psychological effects of scaling down, re-localizing, and connecting to community and land.”

Noah currently lives in Portland was featured in the Willamette Week yesterday. When asked what it was like riding bikes through the South, Noah said:

Being two white American brothers on bicycles, we felt completely immune to police or anybody. That was the most endearing thing to everybody. We could have been trafficking cocaine and nobody would have caught us. Especially in the South, there are all these good ol’ boys, cops, and they’d be like, “What y’all doing?” It’s like, “Oh, we’re riding across the country.” “Riding across the country? Wow, wow, I love adventure, I always wanted to do something like that. How long y’all been on the road?”

Check out their teaser video below:

Trailer from America reCycled on Vimeo.

The Hussin brothers are now working to raise $12,000 to make their feature length film a reality. Much of their photography (Tim is a professional who has done work for National Geographic), videos, and other content from their trip is available for free at AmericaRecycled.org.

Meet Noah, learn more about this amazing trip, and see some of his film clips at a free event at Velo Cult (1969 NE 42nd) tonight starting at 8:00 pm.

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Gabriel Amadeus
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Awesome! I’ve been following their project for a year or two, seriously inspiring film, writing, and experiences.

Chrystal
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Chrystal

This looks really exciting, I can’t wait to see more!

joe kurmaskie
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Love it. Hope more screenings, I have to miss tonight but want to see and hear more from this pair.

Jon
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Jon

Every time I think the TV show Portlandia is fiction, news articles like this show up and I realize that I’m living in place where people seem to take things 1 or 2 steps beyond what the majority of people in this counry would find reasonble or normal.

joe kurmaskie
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Hey Jon, Normal and reasonable? To be a slave to your possessions, cradle to grave at work they don’t find fulfilling, or to make flippant comments on a blog about two brothers exploring a path that happens to be different from what you think is normal and reasonable? I am willing to bet that your majority, that being people who are offended by what these gents are looking into, is actually far smaller than you think. Good on you boys, I just donated over at your kickstarted. And Jon, You should get out more…

joe kurmaskie
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captain – maybe I read it wrong and Jon wasn’t being flippant. Maybe Jon will set me straight.

Joe
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Joe

Just amazing, wish I could make this tonight!

joe kurmaskie
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longgone -I never got hassled by the police when on bike tour, anywhere in the country, but I wasn’t holding, hash, cocaine etc. – road was/still is the most powerful drug out there anyway.