Jonathan Scott’s Power Trip

Jonathan Scott's Power Trip

2020-2021 Independent Lens Film Season

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Jonathan Scott’s Power Trip takes us across the United States to explore the obstacles and opportunities to achieving clean, renewable energy. What might we learn from Jonathan Scott’s journey? Why don’t more Americans have the choice to go solar?

Join us for a Virtual Community Conversation about the film

December 6th,
2:30 p.m. CST

Indie Lens Pop-Up National Online Video Engagement Experience & Film Screening

Q & A with Jonathan Scott
Tuesday, Nov. 10th
6-7:30 p.m.

Independent Lens
TV Broadcast

Monday, Nov. 16th
9 p.m.

Resources related to this film are located here.

Virtual Community Conversation

Short videos of local solar installations will be featured along with commentary from guest panelists, who will be available for Q & A. Participating panelists for this event

  • Justin Harrell, SIU Physical Plant Engineering
  • Karen Knodt, First Christian Church of Carbondale
  • Gwen Hall-Grosshenrich, Cobden resident

About the Film

Solar energy evangelist and “Property Brother” Jonathan Scott journeys all across the U.S. to uncover why clean, renewable energy isn’t available to all. While traveling to learn both the obstacles and opportunities for achieving energy freedom, Jonathan talks with conservatives fighting for solar freedom; sits down with farmers struggling to make ends meet; engages coal workers desperate for a new, healthy means of making an income; the Navajo Nation who built a utility-scale solar plant; religious leaders who made a desperate attempt to help meet their community’s energy needs; and politicians at the forefront of the battle for energy freedom.

Jonathan Scott’s Power Trip illuminates the obstacles and opportunities that exist in creating a system that gives the public a wider choice when it comes to sourcing energy.

The Filmmaker

Jonathan Scott's Power Trip Film ScreeningJonathan Scott is an executive producer with Scott Brothers Entertainment (SBE), an award-winning production company that he founded with his twin brother, Drew. Jonathan and Drew host multiple top-rated HGTV series, including the Emmy-nominated Property Brothers and Brother vs. Brother, which air in more than 160 countries. Jonathan is also a best-selling author, magazine co-founder and editorial director, Billboard-charting recording artist, and social media influencer, with millions of followers across his digital platforms. In 2017, Jonathan was named Habitat Humanitarian, the highest recognition offered by Habitat for Humanity. Jonathan is also a longtime advocate of environmental responsibility and the advancement of clean, renewable energy. In 2019, he co-wrote and published the e-book Knowledge is Power with Vice President Al Gore and his NGO, Climate Reality, about the power and impact of solar energy on our lives and economy.


Indie Lens Pop-Up is a WSIU media project that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. The project, which features documentaries from the PBS hit series Independent Lens, draws local residents together to discuss newsworthy topics to family, relationships, and more. These virtual screening events are free and open to the public.

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