July 7, 2005

FX Series, 30 Days, To Feature Dancing Rabbit

The fifth episode of the six-show series, will air July 13th featuring two New Yorkers transplanted at the ecovillage for 30 days.

Reality television has taken America by storm. Earlier this month, the latest programming genre landed in Scotland County as an episode of the FX series 30 Days was filmed in rural Scotland County.

Former New York City residents Johari Jenkins, an events organizer, and Vito Summa, a nightclub bouncer and aspiring law student, spent 30 days living at Dancing Rabbit (DR) ecovillage near Rutledge.

The documentary style show has filmed six episodes placing average citizens in totally contradictory settings from their everyday lives.

The first episode featured, producer and creator Morgan Spurlock (of Super Size Me fame) and his wife transplanted from New York City to Columbus, OH where they tried to live for 30 days working at minimum wage jobs. The second show, entitled Anti-Aging, was about a middle age man who spent 30 days on prescription drugs targeting a return to a thinner, more athletic lifestyle.

Future programs are Muslims and America; Straight/Gay, Off-the–Grid; and Binge Drinking Mom.

Off-the-Grid is set at Dancing Rabbit and is billed as a contrast in lifestyles for the two guests at the eco-village.

“Can these fossil fuel addicts wean themselves from their consumptive habits without their lives falling apart,” the show’s promo says.

The two “ravenous consumers of fossil fuels such as gas and electricity” are transplanted in rural Missouri at Dancing Rabbit, where residents strive to utilize renewable resources.

The program will contrast their fast-paced lives where little thought was given to consumption of resources. During their 30 Days, Johari and Vito lived in a 3,000-bushel grain bin that Dancing Rabbit transformed into living quarters. The duo spent the month helping plant and cultivate the organic gardens that supply much of Dancing Rabbit’s daily menu. They also learned about water conservation, recycling and benefited from solar and wind power, both renewable energy sources.

Due to air July 13th, the show covers Johari and Vito’s thirty-day crash course in conservation at DR, a sustainability-focused community, located in Northeast Missouri founded in 1997.

Like all DR residents, these urbanites used only electricity generated by solar panels and wind turbines, grew their food organically, and composted their own waste.

The camera followed closely as the duo learned to convert a diesel car from the DR vehicle co-op to run on veggie oil in the summer and biodiesel in the winter. Later, they teamed up with DR members to plaster the walls of a strawbale building using more than two tons of clay and sand.

The television advertising for the show asks if the two big city residents can last all 30 days but goes on to question if they will learn from their experience and make adjustments in their lifestyles to pattern what they learned at Dancing Rabbit.

Tune in Wednesday, July 13th at 9 p.m. CST on the FX channel to find out.

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