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“YERT” Comes to Indiana: Pictures from our April screening

Last Friday, the Center for Community Growth welcomed Indiana residents to view a screening of YERT, “Your Environmental Roadtrip,” and to participate in a question and answer session with the produce Mark Dixon after the film.  Take a look at some of the pictures below and see what we got up to!

“Are we doomed?”  That’s how we started [in 2008], by asking people if they think we we’re doomed, hundreds of people–and the overwhelming response was that we’re not doomed, we just have to change really fast.”  -Mark Dixon, speaking to audience at the Indiana Theater April 26th, 2013.

We would like to express our gratitude to the Indiana Theater for serving as a venue for our film screening, and to our sponsors, the Coalition for a Healthy County, the IUP E.C.O. Club, the IUP Women’s Studies Department, the IUP Graduate Literature Program, SAGE, the Three Rivers Community Foundation, and the Thomas Merton Center for supporting our film series.  We would also like to thank the organizations and individuals who could participate in our event including the Coalition for a Healthy County, the Indiana Bike Coalition, the Indiana County Solid Waste Authority, representatives of the Indiana Farmers’ Market website and the Indiana Community Gardens, and lastly Scott Ellis, who provided music for our event.  Finally, we would like to thank everyone who came out to see the film, and to thank Mark Dixon for attending our screening in person to speak with our audience and answer our questions.  A follow-up post will be published soon, so stay tuned!


Who’s Coming to YERT this Friday?


We’ve already announced that Mark Dixon is speaking at our screening of his film YERT at the Indiana Theater this week, and will also be interviewed at 9:00am on News/Talk 11600 AM Friday morning! but there are many other organizations that plan to attend the showing as well!  We are thrilled to welcome representatives from IUP and Indiana to table in the lobby before our screening, including:

If you’re into going green, learning more about sustainable technology, or are just curious about sustainability, arrive at the Indiana Theater at 6:30pm this Friday.  Once there you can purchase some food, meet with the organizations, and enjoy music from local musician Scott Ellis.  Remember admission is a suggested $5.00 donation!

Save the Date: YERT Premiers in Indiana Friday, April 26th!

Don’t forget that YERT shows this Friday, April 26th at 6:30pm at the Indiana Theater!

Admission is a $5 suggested donation! 

Watch and discuss the film, and see Mark Dixon speak live to the audience at intermission!

YERT flyer 1

We have an exciting night planned, featuring speakers, performances, and chances to get involved in the community, including:

  • A screening of the award-winning, self-proclaimed “docu-comedy,” YERT
  • An appearance by YERT film producer, Mark Dixon
  • A bike-powered band with a musical performance by local musician Scott Ellis
  • Presentations of cutting edge sustainability research from the winners of the IUP Undergraduate Scholars Forum E.C.O. Sustainability Award
  • Concessions
  • And a question and answer session with Mark Dixon during intermission, as well as a discussion following the film!

To get more updates on this film and our next screening, LIKE the Center on Facebook, join the YERT Facebook event page, or follow us on Twitter!

Want to learn more about the 2013 Film Series, or see what other films we have scheduled?  Check out the 2013 Film Series webpage, or our schedule of upcoming screenings!

Next in the 2013 Film Series: YERT!

Showing Friday, April 26th at 6:30pm at the Indiana Theater is YERT, featuring an appearance by the film producer, Mark Dixon, as well as music, cutting edge sustainability research, and a bike powered band!!   Stay tuned for more details, or get more news by liking the Center on Facebook, following us on Twitter, or joining our YERT Facebook event page!

YERT flyer 1

About Mark Dixon
Producer Bio from the YERT Website


“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.”

Want to learn more about the 2013 Film Series, or see what other films we have scheduled?  Check out the 2013 Film Series webpage, or our schedule of upcoming screenings!

“Triple Divide” Shows in Indiana

CIMG1906A crowd filled the Indiana Theater last Friday night to watch the premier of Triple Divide, a poignant, visually striking, and informative documentary about hydraulic fracturing in Pennsylvania.  Told through the personal stories of resident Pennsylvanians, the film exposes truths about the Pennsylvania DEP, the consequences of fracking, the important policies and laws that underpin fracking procedures and undermine residents’ rights, and how the careless actions of fracking companies and the state government pose hazards to people, livestock, water sources, and more.

Concerned by the implications of the film, the audience joined in a two-hour group discussion following the screening to ask questions of six panelists.  Joining us for the evening were Triple Divide directors Josh Pribanic and Melissa Troutman, both investigative journalists for the PA-based Public Herald; Sherene Hess, a representative of the League of Women Voters; Gerald Smith, founder and member of the Coalition for a Healthy County; Cindy Rogers of the Evergreen Conservancy; and Gabby Lehigh, an undergraduate student of IUP working towards her BA in Anthropology, who conducted ethnographic research in Diamondville, PA to study the experiences of residents with fracking.

In addition to sharing questions, opinions, and thoughts about the film, many people chose to share

Audience members participated in a group discussion following the premier of "Triple Divide" at the Indiana Theater.
Audience members participated in a group discussion following the premier of “Triple Divide” at the Indiana Theater.

their personal concerns and stories about how hydraulic fracturing impacted their lives.  Panelists responded to each question in turn, and offered their own perspectives, as well as resources and information for audience members to access.  Most of the panelists and audience members agreed that exploring alternative energy sources such as natural gas is necessary and important, but not if it’s done at the expense of the well-being and rights of residents.

“I am very worried about what will happen in ten to fifteen years when Pennsylvania is kind of a wasteland…that’s just terrible.” Said Gerald Smith.  “At the same time…the [gas] industry is here, and they are creating jobs, so I am conflicted personally.”

Melissa Troutman suggested that Indiana establish a community rights bill that establishes local rights and allows residents to make decisions on their own.  Over 100 communities in PA have passed community rights bills.  She also announced that a Triple Divide website will soon be put online, where more information about fracking and the Pennsylvania DEP will be available to the public.

At the end of the evening we asked people to sign a petition from the Coalition for a Healthy County to prohibit all natural gas fracturing.  The petition is available here.

We were struck by how many more stories were left to be told by the very residents present in the room and were honored to be in the presence of our guest speakers for our panel.  We thank our sponsors, the IUP Graduate Literature Program, the IUP Women’s Studies Department, the Coalition for a Healthy County, SAGE, and E.C.O. for making the 2013 Film series possible.  We also thank the Indiana Theater for allowing us to use their venue for our film screening events.  Lastly we want to thank everyone who came to see Triple Divide and participated in the discussion after.  News of follow-up action will be posted soon!

Want to learn more about hydraulic fracturing in Pennsylvania?  Take a look at our resources page on Fracking to see a list of organizations and websites with information about the effects of gas fracturing on PA.

(Written by Lindsey Quakenbush, edited by Gerald Smith)