YERT on the road again: Toronto and Los Angeles!

Dear YERTians,

We’ve been burning a bit of midnight oil lately to deliver all of the YERT materials to First Run in preparation for the release of our official DVD with them in December. We dug up lots of great DVD extras for you, not to mention a filmmaker commentary track jam packed with behind-the-scenes info. We’re super excited about this release, so stay tuned for more details!

In the meantime, we have two big screening events coming up…

Screening TOMORROW at Planet in Focus Film Festival (Toronto)
YERT’s Director, Ben Evans, is currently on a bus heading to Toronto for tomorrow’s (10/10) screening of YERT at the Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival: 1pm at the TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West Toronto, ON M5V 3X5). YERT is part of their educational track, so the 70 minute version of our film will be screened for an auditorium full of students (one of our favorite audiences for Q&A)– but the general public is also encouraged to attend. You can purchase tickets online here.

We are also eager to meet up with international distribution partners (representing regions outside the U.S. and Canada). If you know of anybody like that who will be attending, please have them call or e-mail Ben to meet up: +1-917-657-7253 or He’ll be in Toronto through the duration of the festival.

Screening MONDAY at 2012 AASHE Conference (Los Angeles)

YERT’s Producer, Mark Dixon, is looking forward to a brief but connection-filled visit to Los Angeles to screen at the 2012 AASHE conference (AASHE = Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education). We’ll be screening the 60 minute educational cut of YERT, starting at 2:50pm in room 411 at the LA Convention Center (not open to the public). We’re hoping to give college sustainability coordinators a taste of the YERT film– enough that they’ll want to bring it home for a screening on their campuses! Please share the news with anybody you think might be at the conference, and hopefully we’ll see you there! (And if you’d like to bring YERT to your school, buying a license just takes a few clicks. Visit our screenings page for more details.)

YERTfully Yours,
Ben, Mark, and Julie

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YERT Updates for October

Dear YERTians,

Word is getting around about the YERT film… and right now we’re deep into the season of festival screenings and have even received a few awards! Lots of details below.

  • Festival Awards!
  • The West Coast Premiere of YERT – NEXT WEEK
  • Un-official YERT Screening for AASHE Conference Attendees
  • YERT at Heartland Film Festival (click to help us build buzz!!)
  • Lots of Upcoming Screenings
  • Pittsburgh Premiere Wrap-up Report
  • YERT Film DVD Sales?

Festival Awards!
YERT is pleased to announce that we’ve received a few awards since our last e-mail update. We recently learned that the YERT film was named “Best Environmental Documentary” by DocuFest Atlanta. The YERT film also received a “Chris Award” from the 59th annual Columbus International Film + Video Festival. At the Cincinnati Film Festival we received the following awards: Best Regional Documentary and Honorable Mentions for Best Documentary and Best Documentary Director. We’re still applying to and getting into more festivals, so stay tuned for more good news. We’ve also found that attendance at film festivals varies widely– if you have advice for how to make the most of each festival, we’d love to hear your ideas!

The West Coast Premiere of YERT – NEXT WEEK
The big SF Premiere date has almost arrived! The Bioneers is co-hosting this event with the San Francisco Green Film Festival and the Green Living Project. Meet up with Ben and all of our San Francisco YERTy friends at the famous Roxie Theater in downtown San Francisco on Tuesday, 10/11 at 8:45pm. Invite your friends to our Facebook event and don’t forget to buy your tickets here. The screening and Q&A will take place from 8:45pm to about 11:00pm at the Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., SF, CA.

Un-official YERT Screening for AASHE Conference Attendees
AASHE stands for “Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education,” and they’re having their annual national conference in Pittsburgh next week! Mark purchased a very expensive conference ticket in the hopes of meeting lots of college sustainability coordinators and introducing them to the possibility of screening YERT at their respective institutions. To sweeten the deal, we have planned a very special private screening of the full YERT film for AASHE Conference attendees on Monday evening, 10/10/11 at 7pm. The location is secret, but virtually next door to the convention center. Just contact Mark ( or 412-204-6098) to learn the secret location!

YERT at Heartland Film Festival (help us build buzz!!)
Join YERT Director Ben Evans at one of our best fests to-date next week: the Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis, IN. This amazing festival has a very YERTy mission and a wonderful legacy of films screened in the past. We’re hoping to make a major impact at all three of our screenings – but we need your help. All you need to do is click on this link, and that builds “buzz” with the Heartland website. We did this before and rocked the deadCENTER film festival with buzz, ratings, and a great time – and now we’d like to set even more buzz records with your help. THANK YOU!!

Lots of Upcoming Screenings
The screening events keep flooding in– Woohoo! We have over 16 screenings planned around the country during the next couple months, possibly one near you! Check out our screenings page for more details and our calendar of events. And don’t forget to tell your friends and family to go see the YERT Film in their area! Here’s a quick reference list of events coming up through the end of October:

(click each for details or here for full calendar)

*Mark attending for Q&A
**Ben attending for Q&A
***Mark + Ben attending for Q&A
°Mark or Ben for videochat Q&A

Pittsburgh Premiere Wrap-up Report
The YERT Premiere in Pittsburgh was a great success. Hundreds of enthusiastic YERT fans filled the Eddy Theater at Chatham University and laughed and cried their way through the YERT film. It finished with a standing ovation that led to a thoughtful series of questions by the audience, fielded by Mark and Ben. We sold dozens of DVDs (first time on sale EVER) and released a brand new YERT t-shirt design that also sold well. Many thanks to all of our sponsors, particularly the Rachel Carson Institute at Chatham University, PennFuture, Pair Networks, and Parkhurst Dining Services.

We are starting a gradual rollout of DVD sales of the YERT feature film for personal use! This is a slow process, and they aren’t available on our website just yet, but if you plan a screening in your area, we will give you an opportunity to purchase YERT film DVDs at a wholesale rate for you to re-sell at your screening event. It acts as a fundraiser for you, and brings in a little extra money for YERT– all while satisfying the growing demand for YERT DVDs around the country. We’ll let you know down the road when you can just go find the film online for purchase, but in the meantime, planning a community screening is your best and fastest way to watch the YERT film. Sign up for a screening at our screening page and we’ll contact you right away.

It is difficult to express our gratitude to all of you for your support with this project, particularly after you see the film and share your smiles and reflections with us. Thank you, and please continue to help spread the word to friends and family. And don’t forget to join the conversation on Facebook. Until next time…

Ben, Mark, and Julie

— Quotes from YERT’s Pittsburgh Premiere —

“I had a delightful time last night at the YERT screening…it was such a fun movie to watch! The three characters were so funny, and there was more of a focus on the things that make us feel hopeful than the things that make us feel sad when it comes to how humans interact with nature. This is a must-see for anyone who wants to know what can and is being done by innovative environmentalists across the country. Plus, having 2 of the 3 participants right there feels so intimate and amazing. You almost feel like you are a part of the journey, and in fact, you are!”
– Susan Richter, Pittsburgh Premiere

“YERT took us all on a trip last night at the Pittsburgh Premiere, around the country and throughout the environmental issues landscape; water, soil, energy. The delightful story of the three adventurers took us to the center of our own hearts, as we laughed with and at them and at ourselves. We left with many questions, the most important one being, what kind of world do we want to live in? and what are we willing to do to help create it?”
– Sheila Collins, Pittsburgh Premiere

Q&A with Mark and Ben at the Pittsburgh Premiere of YERT.
Photo credit, thanks, and hugs to Maren Cooke.

Special un-official screening of YERT for AASHE attendees: 10/10, 7pm

If you’re heading to the AASHE Conference in Pittsburgh, next week, YERT has your Monday evening entertainment covered! We’ll be hosting a special private screening of our award-winning eco-documentary-comedy film, “YERT – Your Environmental Road Trip,” on Monday at 7pm at a secret location just a block from the Convention Center. You can contact Mark Dixon, YERT’s producer, at or 412-204-6098 for screening location details. You can also find him all week at the AASHE conference, just look for his big tan hat! (see below for picture of big, tan hat)

Here’s a quick synopsis of the film:
50 States. 1 Year. Zero Garbage? Called to action by a planet in peril, three friends hit the road – traveling America with hope, humorÂ…and all of their garbage – to explore the good, the bad, and the weird across every state in search of the extraordinary innovators and courageous citizens who are tackling humanity’s greatest environmental crises. As the YERT team layers outlandish eco-challenges onto their year-long quest, an unexpected turn of events throws the project for a loop in this award-winning docu-comedy. Featuring Bill McKibben, Wes Jackson, Will Allen, Janine Benyus, Joel Salatin, David Orr, and music by Ben Sollee, Daniel Martin Moore, Mark Geary and more.

More information about YERT at

Mark in his big, tan hat.