What do you get when you combine a global environmental crisis with a road-trip movie?
“Your Environmental Road Trip,” or YERT, a “docu-comedy” scheduled to debut July 28 with two screenings at the Louisville Science Center.
Ben Evans, the Louisville-based actor/director, is “YERT” co-producer/director with Mark Dixon, Evans’ friend from Standford University.
Evans’ wife, Julie Dingman Evans and Erika Bowman also are part of the production crew.
The “YERT” crew hit the road in 2007 for a year, traveling to all 50 states in “eco-expeditions,” searching for answers such as, “What can Americans do to save the plant?” and “What are they already doing?”
And, by the way, there are hints this could become a social-media driven hit, with the YouTube trailer (see below) already racking up about 26,000 views. And raised $60,000.
Here’s the short synopsis from the movie website:
YERT (Your Environmental Road Trip): 50 States. 1 Year. Zero Garbage? Called to action by a planet in peril, three friends hit the road – traveling with hope, humor, and all of their garbage – to explore every state in America (the good, the bad…and the weird) in search of the extraordinary innovators and 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 pushes them to the brink in this award-winning docu-comedy. Featuring Bill McKibben, Wes Jackson, Will Allen, Janine Benyus, Joel Salatin, David Orr, and others.
If Ben Evans’ name sounds familiar, he just completed his role as “Dead Arm” in Gill Holland’s and James Markert’s new “Tan Lines” tennis comedy.
The YERT screening will be followed by a question-and-answer sessions with director Ben Evans and Julie Dingman Evans.
Here are the facts as we know them:
Date: Thursday, July 28th, 2011
Time: first screening at 7pm and second screening at 9:15pm
Location: Louisville Science Center, 727 West Main St. Louisville, KY 40202
For ticket reservations, see the YERT website here.