Minimalism documentary screening to raise money for Les Wetselaar Memorial Bench

Screening of documentary Minimalism to raise money for memorial bench for Les Wetselaar, Revelstoke homeless person who drowned.

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus are the Minimalists.

Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things from The Minimalists on Vimeo.



Les Wetselaar is someone most people in Revelstoke had an encounter with, whether they knew him or not.

The Revelstoke homeless man, who drowned in the Columbia River on April 20, was recognizable thanks to his big glasses and scruffy beard that framed a wide grin.

His friends from Sangha Bean Cafe are working to install a memorial bench in his honour and they are hosting a fundraiser at the Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre this Friday, Sept 23, at 7 p.m.

They will be showing Minimalism: A documentary about the important things.

The documentary is by Joshua Fields Milburn and Ryan Nicodemus, who go by the moniker The Minimalists. The two 30-somethings both left well-paying corporate jobs five years ago in order to lead a more basic lifestyle. They got rid of most of their possessions in order to focus on what was important to them — “health, relationships, passion, growth and contribution.”

They published the book Minimalism: Live a meaningful life and this year they released the documentary based on the book. It quickly became the number one independent documentary of the year.

For Amanda Hathorn-Geary, part of what she called Wetselaar’s Sanghan Bean group, it seemed fitting to honour Les by showing a movie about having less.

“It’s all about getting rid of the excess in your life to focus on what really matters,” she said.

The idea for the Les Wetselaar Memorial Bench came from Krista Manuel, the owner of Sangha Bean, and regular Bob Gardali. Others jumped on board to help out.

Entry to the screening is by donation. A few of Wetselaar’s closest friends will be on hand to share memories before the movie.

 

Just Posted

Balu Pass closed in Glacier National Park

The National Park is east of Revelstoke on Highway 1

Junior B hockey starts again later this month, how are the Doug Birk teams looking?

The Grizzlies are defending KIJHL and provincial champions and hoping to repeat the wins this year

Highway 1 road construction continues, high 26 today

Revelstoke roads, weather and wildfires update

Motorcyclist involved in Westside Road crash

Air ambulance assists while motorists face lengthy delays

Second cannabis store in the works for Revelstoke

City Council approved a development variance permit for Revelsmoke Aug. 13

Knife-wielding man tries to break into Okanagan retirement home

Seniors and staff shaken by incident and upset with RCMP response

Man who allegedly smashed windows in police custody

The man barricaded himself in a motel room

South Okanagan powwow strikes a chord on the human level for federal minister

Canada’s Minister of Indigenous Services Seamus O’Regan was the special guest at powwow

B.C. manhunt suspects left cellphone video before they died: family

Family member says Kam McLeod, Bryer Schmegelsky recorded final wishes

Okanagan dog ‘Alice’ to get surgery thanks to BC SPCA crowdfunding

With the surgery, Alice’s prognosis is ‘excellent,’ stated the BC SPCA

Suspicious item forces 47 to evacuate plane at Kelowna airport

Kelowna RCMP continue investigation of suspicious item on airplane

Kelowna man nearly drowns on Okanagan Lake

The victim is in serious yet stable condition but his condition has worsened since going to hospital

Okanagan youth protest Tolko logging

Small group gathers outside Tolko head office

Most Read