Earth Day Film Fest ~ YERT
YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip is the multi award-winning docu-comedy about three friends, 50 states and one wild year as they are called to action by a planet in peril, traveling America with hope and humor 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, featuring Bill McKibben, Wes Jackson, Will Allen, Janine Benyus, Joel Salatin, David Orr, and music by Ben Sollee, Mark Geary and more.
This film closes a two-night film fest in honor of Earth Day 2014, presented by Bud Werner Memorial Library and the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council's Sustainable Schools program.
The films are free, however donations will be gratefully accepted in support of the Steamboat Springs Middle School Green Team program, including current fundraising efforts for ozone-monitoring equipment to be able to participate in the Global Ozone Project, an online resource to organize and collect ozone emissions data throughout North America.
About the film
YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip is a groundbreaking adventure and a celebration of the American spirit in the face of adversity - a thought-provoking, inspiring, and sometimes hilarious, documentary about the courageous and creative individuals, groups, businesses and leaders of this country who are tackling the greatest environmental threats in history. Called into action by the ever increasing threats of planetary catastrophe (from climate change to toxic pollution, from water scarcity to habitat destruction), Mark Dixon, Ben Evans and Julie Dingman Evans upended their lives, pooled their collective life-savings, and set off on a first-of-its-kind, 50-state, year-long journey of discovery to personalize sustainability and to answer a critical question: ARE WE DOOMED?
On July 4th, 2007, with camera in hand, tongue in cheek, they packing themselves, their supplies, and their filmmaking equipment like sardines into a used hybrid car, setting out from the Rachel Carson Homestead in Pittsburgh, PA to document environmental sustainability in every state in the union in a single year. They wanted to find out: What can Americans do to save the planet? What are they already doing? Why aren't we all doing more? Is it possible that doing right by the planet is more economical, joyful, and fulfilling than not? This film isn't just about documenting change, it's about living it.In the process, and the filmmakers opted to BE the experiment as they conducted over 800 interviews, amassed nearly 600 hours of footage, and bathed themselves in America's unique approach to environmental sustainability - the good, the bad, and the weird. .
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Run time: 90 min.