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 (mark@yert.com 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:

UPCOMING YERT SCREENINGS
(click each for details or here for full calendar)

Key:
*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.

YERT DVD Sales?
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…

Cheers,
Ben, Mark, and Julie
team@yert.com

— 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.

A Fiesta of Festivals and News from YERT











Dear YERTians,

We’re on a roll with festival acceptances and new screenings! Take a look below for details…

  • The CA Premiere of YERT at the Roxie in SF
  • Lexington, KY Premiere – TONIGHT!
  • A Fiesta of Festival Acceptances
  • Pittsburgh Premiere and Overflow Screening on Sept. 20 AND Sept. 21
  • YERT Film Screening at Mother Earth News Fair, PA
  • Join Yes! Magazine for No Impact Week
  • Host a YERT Screening!
  • Seeking Outreach Volunteers

The CA Premiere of YERT at the Roxie in SF
One of our long-standing favorite national sustainability organizations, the Bioneers, is co-hosting this event with a brand new favorite of ours, the San Francisco Green Film Festival. The whole thing will take place on Oct. 11, 2011 at the famous Roxie Theater in downtown San Francisco, and Ben will be there with bells on for Q&A and general merriment. 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.

Lexington, KY Premiere Tonight!
The YERT film will be screening TONIGHT, September 14th, at 7pm in the Worsham Theater of the University of Kentucky student center: 404 South Limestone St., Lexington, KY. The screening will be followed by Q&A with Director, Ben Evans. You can find parking at 409 South Limestone.

A Fiesta of Festival Acceptances
As you can see from the laurels at the top of this e-mail, we’re pleased to announce a bunch of new festivals that the YERT film has been accepted into. We have over 18 screenings planned around the country during the next month, 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:

UPCOMING YERT SCREENINGS
(click each for details or here for full calendar)

Key:
*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 and Overflow Screening on Sept. 20 AND Sept. 21
We’re filled to the brim with reservations for the big Pittsburgh Premiere of YERT on Sept. 20, so we’ve opened up an Overflow Screening the very next day, same time (7pm), at the Homewood Library Theater. You can still try to get a seat at the Sept. 20 event by signing up on the waiting list here, and we’ll let people in in order of their appearance on the list. Alternatively, you can go see it the next day in Homewood (just a few minutes from Chatham) and be guaranteed a seat. Wait list and Overflow Screening reservations must be made via this form. Feel free to contact Mark@yert.com if you have any questions.

YERT Film Screening at Mother Earth News Fair, PA
This is an event you won’t want to miss. The planners are expecting more than 8,000 people and it is happening right outside of Pittsburgh, PA. The Mother Earth News fair is a hands-on festival of sustainability activities, speakers, events, and one feature film screening: YERT! Twice! That’s right, we’re screening at 11:00 AM on both Saturday 9/24 and Sunday 9/25 at the Utne Reader Stage. Mark and a team of helpful volunteers will be there for the event, including a Q&A with Mark after each screening. Check out the website for the Mother Earth News Fair to see their massive calendar of events.

Host a YERT Screening!
We are working to build the team and infrastructure to enable thousands of community screenings around the world during the next couple of years, but in order to do that, we need your help! Are you involved with a community group in your area that might enjoy a screening of the YERT film? We’d love to help you make that event happen. Each of our screenings to-date have sparked the creation of several more screenings, so once we get this ball rolling it’ll grow and grow — but we need your help getting those initial sparks launched! Sign up today at our screening page.

Join Yes! Magazine for No Impact Week

Our friends and long-standing supporters at Yes! Magazine are contributing 250 current editions of their magazine for attendees at YERT’s Pittsburgh Premiere. They are also teaming up with the No Impact Project for a week-long experiment in low-impact living called No Impact Week, starting on Sept. 18! Over 30,000 people across the planet have participated in the experiment, and YERT encourages you to do the same. For more information about how to get involved, click here.

Seeking Outreach Volunteers
Our team of outreach volunteers is growing, but we still need more help! Would you like to spend a couple hours each week as an outreach volunteer? Click here to sign up and we’ll follow-up with you by e-mail and phone. We particularly need active grass-roots development in these states: PA, CA, AZ, MN, TX, GA, and IN. Sign up today!

We’re certainly feeling the wave of enthusiasm build for the YERT film, and we’ll be keeping you updated on how it all flows in these very full months to come. Don’t forget to join the conversation on Facebook, and we’ll write again soon!

Cheers,
Ben, Mark, and Julie
team@yert.com

— NEW Quotes from YERT’s Louisville Premiere —

“I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this film since I went to the premiere. And isn’t that what an excellent film is supposed to do? Buckle up and let your three guides take you on a journey of discovery, enlightenment and hope. It’s smart, funny and a must see. If you can’t find this movie near you, demand your local theaters show it. Spread the word!” – Amy Fernandez, Louisville Premiere

“It’s visionaries, like you guys and the people in your film, who will see to it that our future generations become empowered to live happily and enjoy life like no other generations have. I’m on board now, after seeing the film, even more than I’ve been because anything else other than sustainable just doesn’t seem real.” – Ronnie Hager, Louisville Premiere

“Wonderful! Couldn’t stop talking about it the next day (and the next, and the one after that…). We need inspiration like this to remind that that change IS possible.” – Noelle Tennis Gulden, Louisville Premiere”



A still from the YERT Film motion graphics. Click image to enlarge.