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No event is complete without a fabulous cast of stars making it happen! YESfest is so fortunate to have generous sponsors and an amazing committee who work hard to provide you with a great weekend of films, filmmakers and FUN! If you know them, please thank each and every one…
And – we sure wouldn’t forget The YES Film Festival Organizing Committee:
THANK YOU ALL!
Have you been waiting with great anticipation to see who are the JURY AWARD WINNERS for YESfest 2014? Well… your wait is nearly over! Winners will be announced in just a few days!
Stay tuned! :)
In the meantime, if you haven’t read up on the films already, see them listed on the main page – 2014 Films tab – or in previous blog posts. So many great films to fill your weekend!
a film by ML Lincoln
Documentary, 93 min.
Saturday, Nov. 1, 7:15 p.m.
Edward Abbey – known especially for the bestseller The Monkey Wrench Gang – never let up in his pledge to protect the wilderness. Twenty-five years after his death, his passion lives on in the people who knew him, his fellow eco-warriors, and the new generation who is picking up the wrench, so to speak, and carrying it forward into the 21st century with new and bold actions.
a film by Jennifer M. Kroot
Documentary, 93 min.
Saturday, Nov. 1, 12:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov, 2, 6 p.m.
Best known and loved as Sulu at the helm of the starship Enterprise, George Takei boldly journeyed from a childhood in a WWII interment camp to 70 years of activism for human rights and liberties. Now, with his husband Brad, George’s daily activism is legend. It was his idea, in a PSA response to Tennessee’s infamous “Don’t Say Gay” bill, to encourage viewers to say, “It’s OK to be Takei.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Al Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine
a film by Connie Field
Documentary, 92 min.
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.