Mark is releasing a new eco-documentary re: Rachel Carson!

Hey, YERTians! Did you know that we nicknamed the YERTmobile “Rachel ‘the Car’ Carson,” in honor of the renowned environmentalist and author? Well, the love affair continues, and today I’m happy to announce that after two years I have finally completed a brand new documentary–this one about Rachel Carson, entitled, “The Power of One Voice: A 50-Year Perspective on the Life of Rachel Carson.” You can find the film’s website at You can see the trailer here:

The film is a groundbreaking documentary examining the life of Rachel Carson and the profound implications of her environmental work. And if you happen to live in Pittsburgh, you can catch the upcoming Pgh premiere screening on January 29, 2015, at 7:00 P.M. at the National Aviary.

There are limited seats available. Tickets handled via Eventbrite:

New POOV DVD Cover snapshot mini 160x225Perfect for classrooms, community events, or private viewing, The Power of One Voice pulls insights from a variety of speakers at the 50-year anniversary celebration of Silent Spring held at Chatham University and The National Aviary on April 11-12, 2012. This film explores the historical context of Carson’s remarkable achievements and renews her prescient warnings for the modern era.

Notable interviews include renowned Rachel Carson expert and historian, Linda Lear, and a rare interview with Rachel Carson’s adopted son, Roger Christie. Additional interviews include professor Louis Guillette, author Scott Weidensaul, U.S. Fish and Wildlife historian Mark Madison, journalist Don Hopey, and Patricia DeMarco, Former Director of the Rachel Carson Institute at Chatham University.

Today, Rachel Carson remains a role model and inspiration for people across the globe, even as the controversy created by her challenge to the chemical industry continues unabated. By highlighting the power of Carson’s voice, we hope to inspire others to add their voices to this essential conversation.

~Mark Dixon (Director/Producer) (and Patricia DeMarco, Executive Producer)

YERT at AASHE Conference 2013

Ben Evans is headed over to the AASHE conference in Nashville, TN, where he’ll be sharing the latest news about YERT as a featured speaker. If you plan to be there, let us know at team -at-!

From their website: AASHE 2013: Resiliency & Adaptation
Join us in Nashville October 6-9 for North America’s largest higher education sustainability conference!

YERT is now on Netflix/iTunes/Amazon this Earth Day. Show your love with a review and rating!

Dear YERTians,

Happy Earth Day! There are always too many things to do on Earth Day, but we can’t help ourselves. Today is a great day to watch, share, review, and rate YERT on a few key platforms!

The YERT feature film is now available at…

That’s right! YERT is now available on some very familiar platforms: Netflix (currently on Netflix Streaming only– please keep requesting it on Netflix DVD!), iTunes (rent and download-to-own), and Amazon (DVD). Turns out that we could use some good ratings and reviews on each of those platforms. So if you feel inclined to help get YERT’s message out further into the mainstream, take two minutes this Earth Day to give us a good review/rating, and who knows? Maybe somebody will be moved to click and watch because of your recommendation. And maybe their life will be turned a little greener. Or a lot. We certainly hope so.

Watch/Share/Review/Rate YERT on Netflix

Watch/Share/Review/Rate YERT on iTunes

Buy/Share/Review/Rate YERT on Amazon

And while we’re asking people our friends to submit reviews, today is the last day to submit your comments to the State Department about the Keystone XL pipeline. If you haven’t yet, please take a few minutes to share your opinion– is trying to get to one million comments, and we need 50k more in the next 24 hours to get there. Can you help?

Please comment on the Keystone XL Pipeline!

Enjoy Earth Day, and thanks for your support!

YERTfully Yours,
Ben, Mark, and Julie

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Extraenvironmentalists produce another potent podcast! Check it out!

Hey, YERTians,

I just finished listening to the latest epic podcast from our friends: the Extraenvironmentalist team. Heck, at this point I think that just about all their podcasts are epic, but I particularly enjoyed this one, and believe you will too. Take a listen if you have a chance, and let us know what you think! Here’s a link:



Check out YERT’s new Screening Guide!

Hey, YERT Friends!

We’ve *finally* assembled a detailed SCREENING GUIDE to help you plan your next YERT screening. We’ve learned a lot about what puts bodies in seats and makes a big impact in your community or on your campus. And if you’d like to offer suggestions for how we can make the guide even better, we’d love to hear about it: .

OUR FAVORITE SCREENING TIP: “For college screenings, ask professors/instructors to give extra credit to students for attendance.”

Enjoy the guide, and your upcoming screenings!

All the best,

YERT’s Newsletter for January 2013

Dear YERTians,

Hopefully you’re enjoying the early days of 2013, particularly during the holiday season we’re emerging from. The YERT train keeps moving forward, and we’re happy to bring the latest updates to you…

  • We Still Need Your Help on Netflix
  • Upcoming #ForwardOnClimate Rally 2/17
  • Our Top Picks from Green Headlines
  • YERT’s DVD Launch Party Online and Free
  • Plan YERT’s Spring Screenings Now
  • Watch the YERT Feature Film Online On-Demand

We Still Need Your Help on Netflix
Turns out that it isn’t as easy to get onto Netflix as we hoped, but the good news is that we still have a chance– we just have to keep the pressure (i.e. DVD queue requests) coming fast and furious. You’ve been VERY responsive to our previous calls for Netflix support. Can you keep the love flowing a little longer? Once we’re over the hurdle and get in there, then the Netflix recommendation engine will hopefully get the film (and all the ideas IN the film) out far and wide. More details here.

Upcoming #ForwardOnClimate Rally 2/17

Climate action groups from around the country, particularly (featured in the new release of the YERT feature film) are gathering as many (living) bodies as possible in Washington DC to tell President Obama in no uncertain terms that we will not accept another four years of foot dragging on tackling climate change. From the march’s website: “On Sunday, February 17, thousands of Americans will head to Washington, D.C. to make Forward on Climate the largest climate rally in history. Join this historic event to make your voice heard and help the president start his second term with strong climate action.” The more people who attend, the stronger the message. Mark and Ben will be riding there on busses full of activists from Pittsburgh, PA and Louisville, KY, respectively. Can you hop on a bus, too?

Our Top Picks from Green Headlines
If you’ve been to YERT’s Facebook fan page lately, you might notice we’ve started sharing a regular stream of favorite articles from around the world– those we feel relate to YERTy topics in a particularly compelling way. Here are some of our (and your) favorites from that collection…

YERT’s DVD Launch Party Online and Free

We had a blast at our online DVD launch party event in December 2012. Tons of guests and lots of interesting conversation, including a live interview with Solar Roadways Co-Founder, Scott Brusaw. We’ve put the whole event up online in a three hour video. Watch it all here. To save you time, you can find when the people you want to see most show up in the list below:

0:06 – Joylette Portlock, Environmental Activist, Creator, “Don’t Just Sit There, DO SOMETHING!
0:17 – Justin & Seth, The Extraenvironmentalists
0:46 – Jeremy Seifert, Director of Dive!
1:02 – Derek Alan Rowe, Editor/Producer of Within Reach
1:33 – Jeff Biggers, Author & Huffington Post Columnist
1:52 – Elisa Beck, Sustainable Monroeville, Schwartz Living Market
2:06 – Jay O. Sanders, Actor & YERT Narrator
2:12 – Doug Close – McHenry Transition
2:26 – Scott Brusaw, Inventor of Solar Roadways
2:54 – Special appearance by YERTbaby Bailey

Plan YERT’s Spring Screenings Now
Our 2013 calendar is starting to fill up with YERT screenings all around the country– particularly around Earth Day/Week/Month. If you’d like to have either Ben or Mark visit to host your screening of YERT, now’s the time to get it on the calendar so that we can be sure to accomodate your event — something we’d love to do! Click here to plan and purchase your screening.

Watch the YERT Feature Film Online On-Demand

You can now visit and watch the YERT film for just $4.00 in the U.S. and Canada. It’s that simple. It even works on a ton of devices: PC/Mac/iPad/iPhone/iPod/Android. If you are inspired to spread the word, we hope to make it a little more worth your while by offering a 10% referral fee for all paid views that you refer. Just check out the “Share” button on the Distrify player for more information. Click here to watch right now!

That wraps up another edition of the YERT newsletter. Thank you for sticking with us through all these years, and don’t forget to check out the latest latest news at our Facebook page.

Enjoy your January!

YERTfully Yours,
Ben, Mark, and Julie

Our work is supported when you watch or screen the film!

Click here to host a screening.

Click here to watch the film online right now (PC/Mac/iPad/iPhone/iPod/Android).

Click here to buy the official DVD featuring all kinds of goodies – now 35% off.

Help us convince NETFLIX to carry YERT

Dear YERTians,

Turns out that we’re still in the running for getting on NETFLIX, but they aren’t convinced yet. It appears that if we keep up the pressure and enough of us add YERT to our DVD queues (we’re not up for streaming yet), NETFLIX might eventually be convinced to carry us, and then you can watch the film for free! Woohoo!

Would you add YERT to your Netflix DVD queue?

And… if we get a TON of people to add us, then they might even give us a monetary advance on our film.


To add YERT to your DVD queue, log into your Netflix account. Then you just need to search for “YERT” and we should pop up. Then add us to your DVD queue.

And while you’re there, if you want to give us a sweet rating and/or a review, please go for it! We have four beautiful ratings last we checked, but we can always use more. It all helps, and we truly appreciate every single one of your efforts to show your support.

Please add YERT to your Netflix DVD queue! WOOT!

With Hearty Thanks,
Ben, Mark, and Julie

YERT Film SIGNS with Distributor: First Run Features!

Dear YERTians,

We’ve reached a new milestone with the YERT film project.

We are thrilled to announce that we have signed with a distributor, First Run Features. The YERT film will be sitting in good company– some notable films on First Run’s list include: Dive!, Crude, The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers, and Martin Scorcese’s Surviving Progress. We’d like to offer special thanks to Circus Road Films for pulling the deal together, and we’re already working on a fall release schedule for DVD (with fun extras!) and Video-on-Demand (VOD).

Here’s a little more information from First Run’s website:

“First Run Features was founded in 1979 by a group of filmmakers to advance the distribution of independent film. Under the leadership of the late independent film pioneer, Fran Spielman, First Run Features quickly gained a reputation for its controversial catalog of daring independent fiction and non-fiction films. First Run remains one of the largest independent theatrical and home video distributors in the United States, releasing around 12 films a year in theaters nationwide and about 40 DVDs annually. In addition, First Run has an educational/non-theatrical division, and it also licenses its titles to television and cable outlets and through internet platforms.” –

We’ll share more information with you as it becomes available, particularly as we learn when and where you will be able to watch the YERT film online, offline, and everywhere in-between. In the meantime, we’re really excited to be setting up more college, community, and theatrical screenings through the fall, winter, and beyond– all over the world, and we’d love for you to host a screening near you soon! We all need the YERT message to reach far and wide this election season, and we need your help to make that happen. Set up a screening right now here.

Until next time,
Ben, Mark, and Julie

Our work is supported in-part by public screening licenses.

Click here to host a screening!

August Update for YERT

Dear YERTians,

We know it is almost over, but HAPPY SUMMER! We’ve been a little quiet this season, but the YERTy activity continues and we have lots of goodies to share with you. First off, however, we’d like to take a moment to consider some heavy news about this summer’s extreme heat. We promise the rest of the news will make you smile!

SPECIAL NOTE TO OUR SUPPORTERS: Bill McKibben recently wrote a heart-and-mind-wrenching article about climate change for Rolling Stone Magazine, and we urge all of our friends and supporters to read the article, take it to heart, and consider sharing it with those they love. It is titled Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math, and you can grab the link here. We can make and watch eco-oriented movies all day long. We can even take action in our personal lives, neighborhoods, and local and national governments. We encourage ALL of that. And yes the science still indicates that unless we ALL do ALL of that– and make sure it is enough to shift some major cultural norms and supporting legislation– then the problems will only grow worse. Alas, science isn’t prone to be cheery when confronted by insufficient action on a global scale. There is no time like today to take an extra step or two (or five) to give our descendants a planet that we, and they, can be proud to cherish.

And now on to the YERTy news!!

  • YERT is on IMDB! (Can you vote for us?)
  • Official Selection at 2012 AASHE Conference (Los Angeles)
  • Official Selection at Planet in Focus Film Festival (Toronto)
  • Building Earthships and Other Summer Adventures
  • Recent YERT Reviews
  • Next Steps with Distribution
  • Official Screening/Festival/Award Count

YERT is on IMDB! (Can you vote for us?)
We finally took the plunge and paid a little money to update YERT’s official profile on (IMDB is basically a handy database of movies, and a repository of ratings and reviews). And that’s where we need your help! We’re currently rated “8.9/10 by 24 users.” That’s good, but many of the films in our domain have over 100 ratings, and we’re hoping to reach that goal. Would you be willing to quickly log-in and give us a rating? And if you want to go the extra mile, you can leave a lovely review our film. And if you have no time, just give it the ol’ Facebook “like.” It’ll take you five seconds. Here’s our IMDB page again:

Official Selection at 2012 AASHE Conference (Los Angeles)

YERT had an un-official screening for attendees of this sustainability conference last year, but this year we received the OFFICIAL stamp of approval and acceptance by AASHE: the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. It is basically the premiere conference for university-level sustainability coordinators and green-activated students to learn about the latest tools and trends they can use to make their campuses greener. We’ll be screening the new 58-minute “educational cut” of the YERT film on Oct. 15 starting at 2:50pm in Room 411 of the LA Convention Center, and YERT Producer Mark Dixon will be there in-person for the event. 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.)

Official Selection at Planet in Focus Film Festival (Toronto)
Our latest film festival acceptance came from a top environmental film festival in Canada, the “Planet in Focus: Toronto International Environmental Film & Video Festival!” This festival puts us in good company, as PiF has previously screened films like Revenge of the Electric Car, Urban Roots, Queen of the Sun, Bag It, and Dive. We’re hoping that the 2012 festival will help us get a foothold with some international distribution options– and we’ll certainly let you know if that happens. To that end, YERT Director Ben Evans will be attending the festival and getting to know everybody he possibly can!

Building Earthships and Other Summer Adventures
Ben had a whole smattering of screenings and Q&A’s in upstate NY this summer, while Julie was performing two plays at Merry Go Round playhouse in Auburn, NY. Auburn (x5), Ithaca, Syracuse, Cortland, Homer, and the Loquacious Locavores all showed enthusiastic support for the YERT film with various screenings. The Evans clan reconnected with some old friends (like EcoVillage Ithaca’s Liz Walker and Sustainable Tompkins’ Gay Nicholson) and made some wonderful new YERTian friends including Fingerlakes Bioneer Nick Vaczek, fierce YERT supporters Kristen Aust, Bill Hecht, the homesteading Sara & Greg Holden near Auburn, and two couples building earthships in upstate NY. Ben & Bailey headed up near Watertown for a day to help Anthony & Melissa Cronk pound tires for their earthship and got to see the incredible progress that Chad and Courtney DeVoe are making on their “Freeville Earthship” just outside of Ithaca. Not a bad way to spend a month or two… Now back in Louisville, Ben and YERT co-editor Scott Irick have embarked on a mission to build Louisville’s first Earthship and are working with community leaders to find the best place to build. Until then, they’ll be outfitting Ben’s garage with a bottle/can wall and a Will Allen style aquaculture system – like in the YERT film.

Mark and his wife Christie drove up to Huntington, VT to get their hands dirty for a week on a real-live Earthship build known as the “Ecclesiastes Project.” After paying $100 for the privilege of working for free, they found themselves pounding tires along-side Earthship creator Michael Reynolds, building can walls, moving concrete, leveling dirt, and generally using their bodies in unusually punishing ways. The pair came away with blistered hands, sore muscles, and a wealth of experience (and photos) that will help them realize their dream of building an Earthship near their current home in Pittsburgh. And for those of you wondering, “Why all this fuss about Earththips?,” we encourage you to check out this summary: “Ecological Impact of Earthships.” After a too-short week in construction mode, Mark and Christie took refuge at Mark’s brother’s Meadowhawk Homestead, also in Vermont, where they healed while soaking up the natural tranquility of lovingly cultivated chickens, bees, goats, and mushroom logs, not to mention a massive garden and its nutritious, delicious bounty! (If you’d like to visit Meadowhawk yourself, you can via (And if you’d like to work on an Earthship yourself, check out this page for upcoming projects.)

Recent YERT Review
Our latest film review is a fun one from a guy named Bill Arceneaux. Here’s a blurb from the full text that you can find here:

“YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip” features three individuals who put shame to my Earth saving attempt. See, they spent a year on the road, going through all 50 states of this country, documenting people and organizations dedicated to ecological progress and anything/everything green. Along the way, they cut down on their personal trash, gauged electricity use and lived out of a hybrid – man do I feel lazy.

Next Steps with Distribution
While we’re thrilled that the YERT film has been screened 162 times in the last year, not to mention all the other real and virtual “thumbs-up” we’ve gotten along the way, that is all just the beginning phase of our ever-evolving distribution strategy. With the help of our rep, Circus Road Films, we’re actively pursuing opportunities for distribution with several different companies in the industry, particularly in the DVD and VOD (video-on-demand) arenas. At some point we’d love to get onto Netflix, particularly if we can do it on favorable terms (stay tuned for ways to help with that!) After that, we’ll be looking at international markets while we pursue outreach to as many colleges, universities, and libraries we possibly can. If you’d like to help us with our outreach, we could use a few volunteers. Just contact and let us know you want to help!

Official Screening/Festival/Award Count

We have experienced an extraordinary year of community and festival screenings, not to mention a few awards. We thought we’d share the details with all of you so that you can know what your support has enabled us to do during the past 5 years. Most of all, THANK YOU for helping our little film get this far!

Total Registered Screenings: 162
Total Festival ACCEPTANCES: 26
Total Festival Awards: 10
Countless New Relationships and Ideas: Priceless 😉

  • Audience Award, San Luis Obispo International Film Festival
  • Audience Award, Environmental Film Festival at Yale
  • Best Environmental Documentary, DocuFest Atlanta
  • Chris Award, Columbus International Film and Video Festival
  • Hon. Mention, Best Documentary Director, Cincinnati Film Festival
  • Best Environmental Film, Southern Appalachian Int’l Film Festival
  • Best Documentary Feature, Costa Rica International Film Festival
  • Best Regional Documentary Feature, Cincinnati Film Festival
  • Hon. Mention, Best Documentary Feature, Cincinnati Film Festival
  • Hon. Mention, Best Feature Film, REEL EARTH Environmental Film Festival
  • “YERT – Your Environmental Road Trip” is an official Selection at 26 film festivals, including the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Heartland Film Festival, Planet in Focus International Film Festival, Dallas VideoFest, Buffalo Niagara Film Festival, Environmental Film Festival at Yale (EFFY), Southern Appalachian International Film Festival, Costa Rica International Film Festival, DocuFest Atlanta, Take One Action Film Festival, Charlotte Film Festival, EcoFocus Film Festival, San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, Twin Cities Film Festival, Orlando Film Festival, Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival, deadCENTER Film Festival, Cincinnati Film Festival, Cinema Verde Environmental Film Festival, Route 66 Film Festival, Building Change Film Festival, REEL EARTH Environmental Film Festival, FiLUMS International Film Festival, Oneota Film Festival, New Hope Film Festival, and the St. Louis International Film Festival.

    That’s all for our late summer update. If you’ve been up to some fun and/or green activities and/or reflections this summer, please send them our way. We might just share them with the whole YERT family in upcoming newsletters. And don’t forget to check out the latest latest news at our Facebook page.

    Enjoy your August!

    YERTfully Yours,
    Ben, Mark, and Julie

    P.S. We can’t help but mention that YERT editor, Scott Irick, has also been on an Earthship building tear this summer, working on three different Earthships over three weeks, and we hear might try out the Earthship Academy if he free up the time. Way to go, Scott!

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