First Run Features // 2011 // 113 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Dawn Hunt // January 13th, 2013
License to Thrive.
"3 friends. 50 states. One wild year." Those three friends are Mark Dixon, Ben Evans (2nd Serve) and Julie Dingman Evans (2nd Serve), and that quote pretty nicely sums up YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip. The trio spent a year traveling the United States in a mini-van searching out environmental problems as well as activists who are trying to provide real solutions to the world's climate change conundrum. Dixon and the Evans also try to contain their combined trash to one shoebox a month, which sounds impossible but while difficult isn't as overwhelming as expected. More overwhelming is the discovery the group is taking their trash with them in the car for the entire year.
Some of the ideas they encounter are green roofs, caves, and dirt houses in the ground. All in all it's quite informative, and more than that, it's fun to watch. The camaraderie is very apparent and their ability to maintain a sense of humor is essential when living in such tight quarters. YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip is a very well-paced film. Each stop the group makes lasts just long enough to give an overview, and not so long as to overwhelm the viewer. It's the kind of environmental film you can feel comfortable showing anyone, even skeptics. The trip encounters a few unscheduled twists but they add to the charm of the journey. It's easy to recommend YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip.
The video is pretty standard fare for a documentary, with lots of hand-held guerilla style, but it didn't need to be anything special. Likewise for the audio. Although there was a soundtrack employed, I didn't feel like I lost out by not having Dolby 5.1. The included Dolby 2.0 was perfectly serviceable.
The special features include outtakes, deleted scenes, a commentary track, additional trailers, biographies and a couple of short films.
YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip is a great film to show to both an environmentally aware as well as a noob audience. The climate change concerns are presented in a very accessible way and its fast pace enables the viewer to become engaged without being overwhelmed.
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Scales of Justice
Studio: First Run Features
* 1.78:1 Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
* English (SDH)
Running Time: 113 Minutes
Release Year: 2011
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Short Films
* Deleted Scenes
* Official Site