YERT’s West Coast Screening Tour BEGINS

Dear YERTians,

Our West Coast Tour is taking shape, with screenings scheduled in over 15 cities, and we’d love for you to meet us in person along the way! Read on for more details…

At Long Last: YERT’s West Coast Tour Details!

We’re super excited about our upcoming tour – 7,000 miles and screenings all around the country, particularly in Washington State, Oregon, and California. Please take a look at our full and evolving tour schedule here, and tell your friends about these imminent screenings! We don’t have a big PR team – just us, our hosts, and a couple volunteers – so your e-mail blasts to friends and family REALLY matter. Feel free to grab blurbs and pics from our online presskit.

SCREENING in Madison, Wisconsin on Saturday, 2/11, 4:30pm
This is a special double feature with our friends at the amazing Within Reach documentary. A double dose of road-tripping fun. Mark Dixon (YERT Producer) and Ryan Mlynarczyk (Within Reach Director) will be there for discussion during and after the film. (Arboretum Cohousing, 1137 Erin St., Madison, WI 53715)

SCREENING in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Sunday, 2/12, 4:00pm
We’ve got friends from the original YERT road trip in Minneapolis, and they’re hosting a YERT screening at their awesome eco-products store, Moss Envy. A giant thanks to Ryan and Tina for rolling out the “Green Carpet” for our second screening on tour. (Moss Envy, 3056 Excelsior Blvd, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55416)

SCREENING in Fargo, North Dakota on Monday, 2/13, 6:30pm
A big thanks to Nicole and David Crutchfield for putting together this wonderful screening. Also friends from the first YERT tour, they were an island of fun hospitality during our first visit, and they’re pulling out all the stops for us in their home of Fargo.
(The Historic Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway, Fargo, ND 58102 February 13, 2012)

Additional Screenings:
(click here for detailed calendar and new screenings updated daily)
2/11 – Bedford, NY
2/13 – Honolulu, HI
2/16 – Emmitsburg, MD
2/19 – Elkader, IA
2/20 – Missoula, MT (Big Sky Film Fest on TOUR)
2/21 – Lake Forest College, IL
2/29 – Bellingham, WA (TOUR)
3/1 – Bainbridge Island, WA (TOUR)
3/2 – Seattle, WA (TOUR)
3/3 – Portland, OR (TOUR)
3/3 – Louisville, KY (Film excerpts + Director Q&A)
3/9 – San Luis Obispo, CA (SLOIFF Film Fest on TOUR)
3/10 – San Luis Obispo, CA (SLOIFF Film Fest on TOUR)
3/13 – Charlotte, NC (Charlotte Film Festival)
3/15 – Berkeley, CA (TOUR)
3/18 – Presidio Sustainable MBA Program, SF, CA (Private Screening on TOUR)
3/21 – Athens, GA (EcoFocus Film Festival)
3/25 – Denver, CO (TOUR)
3/30 – YERT’s UK Premiere at Botanic Gardens Edinburgh

That’s all of the updates for now. We have a pile of new festival announcements to share with you, but we’ll save that for another day. Please be sure to tell us how your eco-efforts are going on YERT’s Facebook page. Enjoy the brisk season…

Mark, Ben, and Julie

— Quote from a YERT Screening Host —

“Movie screening was (a) HIT in Woodstock IL at the Woodstock HS, we had about 40 adult and 50 students from a few different HSs. Sold all 10 DVDs and have a waiting list! They loved the movie and inspired several to sign up for Transition. Also spoke to a few more teachers that want to get more engaged with their students and activities. Very cool, had an awesome adrenalin rush.” – Doug Close, McHenry Transition, IL

Our tour is supported primarily by DVD sales
Click here to buy the YERT Film on DVD

Pittsburgh Premiere of YERT: Sept. 20, 7pm

You are warmly invited to the Pittsburgh Premiere of the feature documentary “YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip” on Sept. 20th, 7pm at the Eddy Theater at Chatham University. The screening will be followed by Q&A with the filmmakers Mark Dixon and Ben Evans.

Date: Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
Time: Doors open at 6:30pm, screening from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, followed by Q&A
Location: Eddy Theater, Chatham University, 1 Woodland Road, Pittsburgh, PA

Ticket reservations are essential. Reserve tickets here:

“…A deeply absorbing and often hilarious road trip…By the dramatic end of Your Environmental Road Trip, audiences will not only cheer, but feel compelled to spring to their feet to join an inspiring movement for change. If only our nation’s policymakers will watch this important film and do the same.”
– Jeff Biggers, Huffington Post

YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip is an award-winning film (Audience Award – Environmental Film Festival at Yale 2011) celebrating the American spirit in the face of adversity – a unique docu-comedy profiling the courageous and creative individuals, groups, businesses and leaders of this country who are tackling the greatest environmental threats in history.

Covering 50 states in 1 year and virtually every environmental issue coast to coast with a blend of humor and depth, the film features such luminaries as Bill McKibben, Wes Jackson, Michael Bloomberg, Deepak Chopra, Janine Benyus, Will Allen, David Orr, Michael Reynolds, Joel Salatin, David Korten, and members of Congress…as well as ordinary citizens from all walks of life. It was an alternately heart-rending, mind-blowing, and gut-busting adventure – but ultimately an inspiring one.

Mark Dixon, YERT’s Co-founder and Producer, moved to Pittsburgh prior to the launch of the YERT project back in 2006. Meanwhile, YERT Co-founder and Director, Ben Evans, was a big fan of the Steel City, having starred in several productions at City Theatre on the South Side, including (conveniently enough) a one-man show in the summer of 2007. Because of strong support from the Pittsburgh environmental community and inspiration from the legacy of hometown environmental hero Rachel Carson, YERT’s adventure launched from the Rachel Carson homestead just outside of Pittsburgh on July 4, 2007, just a few days after Bill Peduto helped to make “Your Environmental Road Trip Day” official in the city of Pittsburgh. At the conclusion of the road trip, Mark, Ben & Julie (and their new baby Bailey), were joined by supporters for a homecoming party at the Rachel Carson Homestead. Following the trip, Ben returned briefly to Pittsburgh for another production at City Theatre, while Mark now lives in Pittsburgh’s Highland Park with his wife. The YERT team continues its environmental outreach through lively presentations at venues across the country, including local events at CMU, Chatham, Duquesne, Pitt, Slippery Rock University, Sustainable Monroeville, and the 3RiversBioneers.

This event is generously hosted by the Rachel Carson Institute in the School of Sustainability and the Environment at Chatham University. This event is also sponsored in part by Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future (PennFuture) and their Black and Gold City Goes Green, Three Rivers Solar Source, and Breathe Easy, Stay Healthy campaigns.

YERT would like to thank Pittsburgh for such incredible support over the last few years. We can’t wait to see you at this very special event!

Mark Dixon
Producer / co-Director

Ben Evans
Director / co-Producer

Ticket reservations are essential. Reserve tickets here:

Louisville Premiere + More Good News…

Dear YERTians,

Welcome to the latest update on all things YERT! Lots of exciting news this week. Read on for details…

  • Louisville Premiere on July 28!
  • YERT is an Official Selection at Route 66 Int’l Film Festival
  • Success at deadCENTER Film Festival
  • Premiere Planning in KY, PA, CA, TX, NY, OR, WA, DC, and Europe
  • Seeking Outreach Volunteers

Louisville Premiere on July 28!
You are warmly invited to the Louisville Premiere of the feature documentary “YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip” on July 28th at 7pm (7pm is filled up! Second screening at 9:15pm) @ The Louisville Science Center. (Reserve your tickets here.) Edited and post-produced primarily in Louisville, the movie bears the marks of a variety of the city’s local talent (some of whom will be at the Louisville Premiere) including Director/co-Producer Ben Evans, YERT-mama Julie Evans, Co-producer Gill Holland, Co-editor/Co-producer Scott Irick, animation from Eric Stemen at Kertis Creative, and music from Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore among others – as well as invaluable help from a wonderful group of local donors, transcribers, and supporters. After more than four years in the making, the film will have its Louisville Premiere on July 28th at 7pm (7pm is filled up! Second screening at 9:15pm) @ The Louisville Science Center’s IMAX Theatre. The screening will be followed by a special Q&A with Ben Evans, Julie Evans, and Scott Irick – hosted by Gill Holland. Tremendous thanks to the Louisville Science Center, the Louisville Film Society, and the Green Building for so generously sponsoring this premiere and to the entire Louisville community for such incredible support over the last few years. We can’t wait to see you at this very special event!

Ticket reservations for the Louisville Premiere are essential and seats are filling quickly. Reserve your tickets here:

YERT is an Official Selection at Route 66 Int’l Film Festival
We just received word that the YERT Film has become an “Official Selection” at the ultimate road-tripping film festival – the Route 66 International Film Festival in Springfield, IL. They liked the film so much that YERT will be featured in a special advance screening prior to the film festival, hosted by the Chairman of the Illinois Sierra Club, Will Reynolds. Ben will be in attendance at the screening for Q&A, on Aug. 9, 7-10pm at the Capital City Bar and Grill, 3149 S. Dirksen Parkway, Springfield, IL. If you know anybody in the area who might enjoy our special flavor of “environmental anti-depressant,” send them to the screening!

Success at deadCENTER Film Festival
YERT was extremely well received at the deadCENTER Film Fest in Oklahoma City! Over 160 people saw the film via two separate screenings, and out of 107 films, YERT was the most highly rated and most reviewed film at the entire festival. You can see for yourself here. And we’ve included some of the reviews at the bottom of this e-mail. We also had a successful “meet and greet” event during Mark’s visit to OKC, bringing together young and old, experienced and new YERTians from the area for a candid discussion about sustainability at the local level. A big THANKS to deadCENTER for being such a fun, welcoming festival! Thanks also to Elemental Coffee for hosting the gathering, and to Transition OKC, Sustainable OKC, Fresh Greens Blog, and Cimarron Group of the Sierra Club.

Premiere Planning in KY, PA, CA, TX, NY, OR, WA, DC, and Europe
We’re continuing to roll out the YERT film at premieres around the country. The Louisville premiere comes up next, and we’ll soon be announcing premiere dates for Pittsburgh, PA and California (San Francisco). We would also like to have premiere events in Portland (OR), Seattle (WA), New York (NY), Austin (TX), and Washington (DC), and an international premiere. Do you know organizations or individuals in these cities that you think would be helpful collaborators in creating a strong YERT premiere? Please encourage them to contact us ASAP at! And if you’d like to arrange a screening near you, wherever you are, premiere or not, you can always do that at our screening page.

Seeking Outreach Volunteers
We have two talented, connected, and dedicated interns (Angela Wiley and Laura Beck) working to plan screenings, develop a press kit, and generally boost YERT’s outreach efforts, but we 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: KY, PA, CA, TX, NY, OR, WA, DC. Sign up today!

And that’s the latest news from YERT. You can join the conversation on Facebook, and we’ll see you again soon!

Ben, Mark, and Julie

— NEW Quotes from YERT Film Audiences —

“The Fellini trio of the climate justice movement, the YERT film crew has managed to pull off the impossible in the world of cinema–a deeply absorbing and often hilarious road trip that confronts the badlands of our nation’s spiraling descent into dirty energy darkness, only to emerge along the solar roadways and wind-swept plains into the myriad possibilities for new power and sustainable living. By the dramatic end of Your Environmental Road Trip, audiences will not only cheer, but feel compelled to spring to their feet to join an inspiring movement for change. If only our nation’s policymakers will watch this important film and do the same.” – Jeff Biggers, author, Huffington Post

“This was an exceptional documentary. It had the 3 E’s of any good documentary. It was entertaining, emotional and educational. Forget the Tea Party. Working on alternative energy sources and getting humans to work toward sustainable lifestyles, needs to be the next American Revolution.” – deadCENTER Film Fest audience member

“Wow! One of the best eco-documentaries I’ve seen. Loaded with information. Why havn’t I heard of the revolutionary, forward thinking people in this film before? A real eye opener; not just to the environmental issues but to the popular media and their inability to bring this information to the masses. Great movie!” – deadCENTER Film Fest audience member”

Q&A featuring Mark with Lance McDaniel, Executive Director of the deadCENTER Film Fest.