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Awards and Laurels
Bios and Head Shots
Mark attended Stanford University and graduated in 1997 with a BS in Industrial Engineering. While familiarizing himself with web and media technologies during a 10 year career in Silicon Valley, Mark discovered that our planet Earth was having a tough time accommodating her most dominant species. He also realized that a sound retirement plan would optimally include a stable planet. In an attempt to address these concerns, he went on to launch YERT in 2006 with his college buddy, Ben Evans. This is his first feature film.
Ben graduated from Stanford University in 1994 with a BS in Science, Technology, and Society. After working as an actor for a decade in LA and NYC, Ben found himself looking for a way to marry his creative urges with his abiding passion for the environment and a growing concern about the future. Looking for adventure and a sense of greater purpose, Ben launched YERT in 2006 with his college buddy, Mark Dixon, and convinced his exceedingly understanding wife, Julie, to join him on the adventure of a lifetime. This is his first feature film.
50-word Bio: Ben graduated from Stanford University in 1994. After a decade of performing in theater, film, and TV in LA and NYC, he was finally able to marry his creative urges with his long-standing passion for environmental issues and unusual solutions by launching YERT with his college buddy, Mark Dixon.
3 friends. 50 States. One wild year! Called to action by a planet in peril, three friends hit the road - traveling America with hope, humor . . . and all of their garbage for the year - 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, Mark Geary and more.
Tiny Synopsis (50 words)
50 States. 1 Year. Zero Garbage? Called to action by a planet in crisis, three friends hit the road - with hope, humor…and all of their trash - to explore America (the good, bad, and weird) in search of innovators tackling humanity's greatest environmental challenges in this award-winning docu-comedy.
Find a sampling of testimonials in this section. If you'd like to see more, or submit one of your own, just click here.
"Here's a trip you'll wish you'd taken, and you'll be glad you get to watch!" -Bill McKibben, Author and Environmentalist
"With YERT, the journey to discover what is possible will take you on an amusing and informative detour." -Majora Carter
"A big 'YES!' to Mark, Ben, and Julie, who have given us the road trip for our century -- a roaring tour of some of the best solutions for a warming planet, spiked with funky humor and charming humility." -Fran Korten, Publisher, YES! Magazine
"YERT - Your Environmental Road Trip” is an entire environmental film festival wrapped up in an absorbing and entertaining, fast-paced two-hour documentary that’s both personal and planetary." -Janaia Donaldson, Peak Moment Television
"Mark Dixon and Ben Evans have produced an outstanding piece of environmental filmmaking. The challenges facing our planet can often seem overwhelming, and many environmental films fail to either inspire or excite by using the standard formula of telling us how bad things are followed by some glimmer of hope that if we could only manage to make a few real changes then the future of our world would not be so dim and catastrophic—hardly a recipe for excitement and engagement! YERT serves up a banquet of comedy, education, and inspiration as they travel to all 50 states under self-imposed “rules” that crank up the entertainment factor. Along the way they meet with environmental shakers and movers like Bill MCKibben, and other lesser known but equally inspiring folks, with a few sprinkles of the outrageous and quirky to add spice to the mix. Highly recommended!" -Matthew Stein, P.E., Author of When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long Emergency.
"WOW!! My husband and I saw it on the first night of the screening and we're still talking about it. This film is about so much more than sustainability, Green issues and solutions. It also had some incredible messages about community (or our loss of it), the destructive nature of our self absorption, and our irreverence for the natural world. But, you made all the messages approachable - making us WANT to pay attention to all of this and reconsider our value systems. You gave a sense of hope and that renewal was not only possible, but preferable!!" -Cherie Sweeney, Connecticut Science Center
"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
"Our whole family digs it! The YERT eco-cinematic journey is an important, funky, infuriating, dirty, corny, (nearly) trash-free, wiggly, personal, yummy, hilarious, timely, irreverent and heart-warming exploration of the creative American mind as it faces its greatest challenge. Ever."
-Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, Research Associate, California Academy of Sciences
"This is a movie for all generations -- it's collection of humor, environmental savvy, personal/relationship development and goal attainment creates a desire to keep watching. It's an easy movie to talk to others about, and I anticipate easily spreading the word about this movie by word of mouth, etc." -Nate Pederson, Louisville Premiere audience member
"This film is a joy, an inspiration, and a call to change. Largely apolitical, it documents in a very personal manner a wonderful mix of individuals and organizations who strive to live in more ecologically and psychologically sustainable ways, and who have real hope to change our current petrol- and profit-drunken economy. My sons, 9 and 12, enjoyed it because of the ample humor and hands-on approach, and I was moved to tears several times, both by the environmental peril we face and the courageous hearts and minds of those who refuse to give in or give up." -deadCENTER Film Fest audience member
"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! I have to say this film does it all -- hits environmental high points, low points and just everything in between AND does does it all with a sense of self-deprecating humor that just charms the recycled, reusable, low-energy socks off ya. My hat's off to Mark, Ben and Julie for their dedication, courage and commitment. Thank you for making this film! It's a wonderful inspirational catalyst to be the change we want to see!" -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
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YERT in the Press
Find a sampling of YERT press/reviews in this section. If you'd like to see more, or submit one of your own, just click here.
- 12/24/12 - CineSource review by D. Schwartz. ". . . quirky, optimistic, infectious, crammed-full-of-crucial-environmental-information documentary"
- 12/19/12 - YERT Review by Eric's Cynical Cinema. ". . . there’s a new movie out that I hope will . . . become bigger than most of these environment documentaries."
- 12/11/12 - 5 Ways to Use Video to Engage your Audience. "Last night I attended the online DVD launch party for YERT . . ."
- 12/5/12 - Reviews by Amos Lassen. "We gain a sense of hope seeing that there are those who really do care . . . And now I am going to start caring even more . . ."
- 3/6/12 - YERT is reviewed in the Eco-Cinema Blog. "These three eco-travelers illustrate well how humans can become a 'welcome species, not a dominant one.'"
- 3/2/12 - Big Sky Documentary Film Fest Features YERT in Video. Jeri followed Mark and Brendon around during their visit to Big Sky, then created this cool video.
- 2/27/12 - YERT is reviewed in Clean Energy News. "The crew at YERT.com is tirelessly going from city to city to screen its powerful documentary."
- 2/24/12 - YERT visits Bainbridge Island, WA. "Dixon was influenced by Bainbridge-based YES! Magazine and Fran and David Korten, co-founders of the Positive Futures Network."
- 2/16/12 - Beyond Hope: Groundbreaking Environmental Road Trip Film Takes Climate Change Solutions Back Home. "...casting off their successful careers and old consumer ways, as well as any heavy political baggage and mind-numbing works of policy wonks, the YERT film crew has managed to pull off the impossible in the world of cinema . . ."
- 4/8/11 - YERT Blockbuster: Your Environmental Road Trip Film Wins EFFY 2011 Audience Award: Interview With Filmmakers. Jeff Biggers is right on top of the big news about YERT's Audience Award at the Environmental Film Festival at Yale, running a full-length interview.
- 6/27/10 - Chris Moore, a talk show host on KDKA radio in Pittsburgh, PA, invited us on his show to share adventures and solutions we encountered during our road trip.
- 3/04/09 - Ben and Julie are interviewed by the Courier Journal in Louisville, KY - "The Evanses were living and performing in New York two years ago when the trio set out on a yearlong trip...."
- 11/27/08 - YERT is interviewed by Bill O'Driscoll at the City Paper - "...if they learned one thing about environmentalism, it's that most people are for it ... if it doesn't make them look like weirdos...."
- 9/26/08 - YERT is Featured on Living on Earth - Our favorite national environmental radio program, LOE, interviews Julie and Mark.
- 8/8/08 - The National Catholic Reporter features YERT and highlights several fun YERTy interviews.
- 4/21/08 - Voice of America features YERT (text) (audio) (video) - "VOA's Rosanne Skirble caught up with YERT... at the National Mall in Washington."
- 11/28/07 - San Francisco Chronicle writes a full article about YERT! - "3 friends on the road, urging America to jump on green bandwagon"