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Awards and Laurels






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  • 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 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.


    Bios and Head Shots



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    Mark Dixon
    Producer

    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.


    50-word Bio: Mark graduated from Stanford University in 1997. While familiarizing himself with internet media technologies during a 10 year career in Silicon Valley, he discovered that our planet Earth was struggling to accommodate so many humans. Hoping to address this concern, he launched YERT with his college buddy, Ben Evans.


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    Ben Evans
    Director

    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.


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    Julie Dingman Evans


    Since earning a BFA in Dance from Western KY and an MFA in Acting from the U. of Louisville, Julie has toured shows professionally across the United States and Europe and most recently starred Off-Broadway in Shout! The Mod Musical. Always attempting to rescue creatures in need, she now realizes it is time to officially add planet Earth to the list, and is more than excited to join Mark and Ben on this incredibly worthwhile endeavor . . . even if she did take a little convincing by her husband, Ben.


    50-word Bio: Julie earned a dance BFA from Western KY, an acting MFA from the University of Louisville, and spent the better part of her adult life on stage in NYC and across the country. Deeply green but initially reticent to travel, she grew more than anyone else during the trip...really.


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    Photos



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    Screen Shots



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    Synopsis



    Short Synopsis

    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.

    Featured Interviews


    Wes Jackson (The Land Institute)
    Janine Benyus (Biomimicry)
    Jerome Ringo (Environmental Justice Advocate)
    Cliff Etheredge (Wind Farmer)
    Will Allen (Urban Farmer)
    Bill McKibben (Climate Change Author, Activist)
    Sadhu Johnston (Chicago Green Roof)
    Robert Anex (Biorenewable Resources)
    Michael Reynolds (Earthships)
    Jack Kingston (R-GA)
    Steve Israel (D-NY)
    Felix Kramer (Plug-in Hybrids
    John Wathen (Hurricane Creekkeeper)
    Wallace J. Nichols (CA Academy of Sciences)
    Larry Gibson (Mountaintop Removal Mining Activist)

    David Orr (Enviro. Studies and Politics, Oberlin College)
    Gillian Caldwell (1Sky)
    Scott Brusaw (Solar Roadways)
    Carlo Pantano (Penn State, Solar Roadways)
    Joel Salatin (Polyface Farm)
    John deGraaf (Author)
    David Korten (Author)
    Bob Berkebile (Architect)
    Raven Gray (Transition Network)
    Carolyne Stayton (Transition US)
    Severine von Tscharner Fleming (Greenhorns)
    Tom Szaky (Terra Cycle)
    Dr. Evermor (Junk Art)
    Roger Duncan (Energy Innovator)
    Scott Pittman (Permaculture)
    Larry Littlebird (Native American Culture)

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    Press/Reviews/Testimonials



    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


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