I’m a sucker for a documentary. When given the choice between a feature film and a real story, I’ll pick the real story every time. For me it combines my nerdy desire to collect knowledge with my deeply held belief that every human being is fundamentally the same, and that by learning the story of the other I can come to know my story. In a real sense, watching a documentary is a conversation and act of empathy. It is an opportunity to talk story, to listen, to learn and to enter into the joyous and painful narratives that make up our lives as human beings in hope of experiencing new insights that lead to growth and transformation.
Jack Johnson’s new film, All At Once, is one of those conversations - a snapshot into the his love for music, surfing and grassroot-efforts that create healthy and sustainable lifestyles. At only 41 minutes long, its beautifully captured images and music chronicles the initiatives of the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation specifically the All At Once campaign – “a social action network where people can make a positive change in their local and global community by promoting Sustainable Local Food Systems and Plastic Free Initiatives.”
Following selected dates and cities from Johnson’s musical tour, the film gives candid perspectives from tour promoters, teachers and activists all of which speak about the simple yet important ways that individuals and communities can think and act differently when it comes to the consumption of goods.
Whether you live by the sea or near a cornfield, All At Once is a light and enjoyable way to consider a complex and important topic.