a film by Stephen Newton

Documentary, 58 min



Saturday, Nov. 1, 5 p.m.

Director will conduct a post-film discussion.


A look at the stunning cost of recidivism in Tennessee, and its devastating affect on families and communities, where more than 50 percent of offenders return to jail or prison within three years. But there are some programs that are making a difference to these “outcasts.” The film segues to the deep corruption in the entire U.S. prison system – which nowadays is nothing short of big business.





Website: http://cultureofrejection.org

I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story

a film by Dave LaMattina, Chad Walker

Documentary, 90 min



Saturday, Nov. 1, 12:45 p.m.


The incredible life of Caroll Spinney, who has been Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since 1969… and at 80 years old, he has no intention of stopping. Caroll’s stories are the stuff of legend. He has been a constant presence in our lives for over 40 years, his path weaving through American history like that of Forrest Gump. A film for all ages.





Webstite: http://www.iambigbird.com

Bronx Obama

a film by Ryan Murdock

Documentary, 91 min.



Sunday, November 2, 1:15 p.m.


When Louis Ortiz, an unemployed Puerto Rican father from the Bronx, shaved off his goatee one day in 2008, his life changed forever. He looked in the mirror and looking back at him was the President of the United States. This entertaining film follows Ortiz as he launches himself at a Barack Obama impersonator. Lots of laughs. But it wasn’t all fun and games.





Website: http://www.bronxobamamovie.com


Brave Miss World

a film by Cecilia Peck

Documentary, 99 min.



Saturday, Nov. 1, 3 p.m.


Linor Abargil was 18 years old when she became Miss Israel in 1998. She was sent to represent her country in the Miss World Competition. Six weeks before the contest she was abducted in Italy, stabbed and brutally raped. Stunned that she won, she wept on stage as she was crowned Miss World, and she vowed to break the silence about rape.


TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4l2D91KrdQ


Website: http://www.bravemissworld.com

And now… some DOCS! In alphabetical order… Al Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine

Al Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine

a film by Connie Field

Documentary, 92 min.

Israel, Palestine


Sunday, November 2, 1 p.m.


The glorious strains of gospel music wash over the West Bank in this stunning, remarkable film. An African-American gospel choir travels to Palestine to sing in a Palestinian play about Martin Luther King Jr. Artists meet across two worlds, and these loving and talented young Christian singers become witnesses to life under occupation and a non-violent movement for social justice. “Al Helm” is Arabic for The Dream.




Website: http://www.clarityfilms.org/mlk/index.php

Speaking of The Shorts…

One of the featured shorts – LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT – is having a contest! They are giving away a CHANCE TO WIN DVDS….

LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT is collecting crazy pictures of people in crazy places worldwide wearing the film’s pin badges that are available at YES Cinema! If you don’t already have one, they are just inside the lobby across from the box office.

Take a picture of yourself wearing one and sent it to them… https://www.facebook.com/pages/1st-Sight-Films/346472948765995

They will re-post them and the craziest picture will get to win Free DVD’s every month!!!

So what are you waiting for??? Send in your crazy pics wearing those pin badges!!!


THE SHORTS! See some teasers…

See more about The Shorts Program…

“Tales of Life and Love”

Narrative shorts about relationships — in life, in families, with lovers. Some stories a bit serious, most are lighthearted. From Ireland, UK, Iran, Australia, and back home again in Indiana.

91 min


Saturday, Nov. 1, 2:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 2, 3:15 p.m.


Picture Show

Michael Hicks & Robyn Rebecca Young

15 min.


In a small southern town, an elderly couple, confined to their home for years, venture out to the old theater where they once “courted” years ago.




More Than Two Hours

Ali Asgari

15 min.



It’s 3 AM. A boy and a girl are wandering in the city. They are looking for a hospital to cure the girl, but it is much more difficult than they thought.



Dandelion Dreams

Johnathan Gorman

22 min



Director and cast will conduct post-film discussion


A young ad man’s life starts to unravel when he is forced to work with a new account, and he begins to question what it means to “fit in.”




Websites – http://www.gemfilmworks.com


The Square of the Cube

Kirsten Cavendish

16 min.



A math teacher, haunted by his second-place finish in a Rubik’s Cube contest 30 years ago, seeks out the boy who beat him, for a rematch.








Venetia Taylor

3 min.



Bill and Barbara aren’t growing old gracefully, but they’re too drunk to care.





Distant Thunder

Venetia Taylor

6 min.



Pam and Richard are divorced. Richard has a new life, but there’s something strange on the horizon.





Love at First Sight

Mark Playne

14 min.

Spain, United Kingdom


A silent film that transcends language to tell this heart warming, universal story of a lonely young man’s increasingly creative attempts to attract the attention of the girl of his dreams.


TRAILER: http://www.loveatfirstsightfilm.com/the-main-trailer-60-seconds/


Website: http://www.LoveAtFirstSight-theFilm.co.uk

EMPIRE OF DIRT – another great narrative!

Empire of Dirt

a film by Peter Stebbings

99 min.



Sunday, Nov. 2, 5:30 p.m.

Producer will conduct post-film discussion


In this lovely, fun and poignant story of daughter, mother and grandmother — three generations of Canadian First Nations women struggle to deal with the demons of their past. When her daughter suffers an overdose, single mother Lena packs her up and flees to her own mother’s home far from the city. But Lena hasn’t been home for 13 years.


TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ob6oEyuNxQI


Website: http://www.jenniferpodemski.com/#!empire-of-dirt

Rob Underhill Returns with a couple of Narratives!

Two more great films you don’t want to miss at YESfest 2014!!!


The Cameraman

24 min.

and The Carrington Event

48 min.

two films by Rob Underhill



Saturday, Nov. 1, 7 p.m.

Director will conduct post-film discussion


One of YES’s favorite directors is back with two short features. In The Cameraman , which premiered at Cannes, a wannabee movie-maker’s documentary turns into a real life horror story. In The Carrington Event, news of a massive solar flare goes viral. Power is out. phones and radios dead. Days pass with no news, just people getting more crazy. Both films are vintage Underhill — entertaining, quirky, with surprises at the end.


The Cameraman



The Carrington Event


Website: http://robunderhill.wix.com