CBU to Host Memphis Premiere

Memphis- Christian Brothers University (CBU) will celebrate Earth Week with the Memphis Premiere of Your Environmental Road Trip – The Film (YERT) on Monday, April 16, at 7:00 p.m. in the University Theater.

Directed by Ben Evans, the film follows him, his wife Julie, and friend Mark Dixon as they embarked on a year-long eco-expedition across all 50 states. Called to action by a planet in peril, these three friends hit the road — traveling America with hope, humor… and all of their garbage — 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.

Driving a 2006 Ford Escape Hybrid, this docu-comedy captures them as they explore the landscape of America’s unique approach to environmental sustainability. While on their journey, three rules are followed: 1) Create less than one shoebox of garbage each month, including recyclables. Compost is deposited at compost piles. 2) Never turn on an incandescent light (except car lights). 3) And only use approximately 25 gallons of water per person per day. The film chronicles their adventures as they try to answer the questions of “What can Americans do to save the planet? What are they already doing and why are they not doing more?”

This feature film has won numerous awards including the Audience Award at the Environmental Film Festival at Yale, which tied with Oscar-nominated Waste Land, and Best Eco Doc at DocuFest Atlanta.

Immediately following the film, the audience will have the opportunity to participate a live SKYPE chat with Director Ben Evans. The film is free and open to the public.

For more information about the film premiere, contact Sean MacInnes at smacinne@cbu.edu or (901) 321-3335.  For more information on YERT, see http://yert.com.

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