A MOVIE AND A LAUNCHPAD
The Yes Men Are Revolting is a funny, action-packed adventure. With the environment on the brink of collapse, we ask a pressing question: at a time when corporate forces have bought and sold democracy, how can we effect real change? Our answer: get every viewer involved in the struggle.
The Yes Men Are Revolting completes a trilogy of funny feature docs we started a decade ago. In our first film, The Yes Men (2004), we posed as spokespeople for the World Trade Organization, acting out comedic vigilante justice against the elite. In The Yes Men Fix the World (2009), we delivered a bunch of hard-hitting, hilarious stunts that show why we must change our corporations-first system, and what’s in store if we don’t. The Yes Men Are Revolting will be even more jam-packed with screwball comedy, nail-biting suspense, nasty stings, and informative documentary. It'll also have a gripping personal storyline the first two films lacked—as well as a human-staffed platform to convert viewer enthusiasm into direct action, letting everyone join in the fun and contribute to the movement for change.We're hatching our most ambitious plan ever: a human-staffed platform to help every inspired viewer of our film—or anyone at all—get involved. Our “Action Switchboard” taps our 100,000-person database, as well as some much bigger lists, to create fun, meaningful, movement-building projects around the issues we all care about.
This is a plan that invites everyone to join us in revolt. But we need your help now to get the movie and the Switchboard off the ground.
For the last four years we’ve worked with dozens of groups on infiltrations, impersonations, and mass actions to try to make a difference. Check out the video on this page for a little taste! After the part where we ask for your support, you’ll see a scene where we hold a press conference pretending to be from the US Chamber of Commerce (big-money lobbyists who spend hundreds of millions blocking and dismantling environment, labor, housing, and health laws). The press conference goes well, and the Chamber’s real PR guy even shows up—comedic vigilante justice at its best.
But as we continued pulling off actions like the one against the Chamber, the Obama years rolled by, and as money's chokehold on democracy got tighter, we got more frantic. We even took it out on each other, and our “band” almost split up. But then, a sequence of unbelievable global uprisings, from Tahrir Square to Occupy Wall Street, got us excited about the idea of a global revolution–and we began to realize that we can do it too. Then, energized by our involvement with the Occupy movement, we came to realize our true role in social change.
When our first movie came out, studios and television networks were paying pretty well—but then the the market for indie films went into freefall.
Today, we're really in a pinch. Corporate sponsorship, of course, is right out. So we're turning to you. The money we raise will go towards paying for a few more shoots and a couple more actions around the globe. We also need money to pay for editors, equipment, archival footage, legal counsel, and all the technical work it takes to get a movie finished and into the world. Finally, we'll need funds for "outreach," mainly the creation and staffing of the Action Switchboard, a way to plug inspired viewers into ongoing projects and help generate new ones. It'll come out at the same time as the film.
If you kick in now, you can join in this steamy synergy. Hurry!
HOW DOES KICKSTARTER WORK?
Kickstarter is a way to “crowdsource” fundraising. In the absence of real funding for films or activist platforms, it enables a lot of people to give what they can in order to make good things happen—which is a bit like how social movements work, sort of.
MAKE A DONATION TO THE FILM AND YOU GET A REWARD. Choose the amount you’d like to donate and the gift you’d like. When funding is completed, you will be charged for your pledge and we will send rewards.
IF WE DON’T MEET OUR GOAL, WE DON’T GET ANY OF THE MONEY. That’s right, even if we’re $10 short of our goal, we won’t get a dime. That’s why we need you to kick in!
THE TEAMAndy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno (the Yes Men) (directors)
The Yes Men are an activist duo known for their outrageous satirical interventions at business events, on the internet, television, and in the streets. Their award-winning documentaries, The Yes Men and The Yes Men Fix the World--official selections at Sundance, Toronto, Berlin, and SXSW, and broadcast on HBO and many international TV outlets--chronicle the their mind-blowing pranks that expose and publicize vital issues at critical times. They have authored several books, lectured internationally on art and social change, and are founders of the Yes Lab, an educational organization devoted to training next-generation activists.
Laura is a director/producer of the documentary The Light in Her Eyes, which premiered at IDFA, and was broadcast on the series POV on PBS. She recently co-wrote PBS documentary California State of Mind: The Legacy of Pat Brown. Nix produced the festival hit The Yes Men Fix the World. Her nonfiction work has been shown on HBO, IFC, and the History Channel. She is the writer/director/producer of the narrative feature The Politics of Fur, which played in over 70 film festivals internationally and won numerous awards including the Grand Jury Prize at Outfest.
Adam McKay (executive producer)
McKay is a writer, director, and producer whose credits include Anchorman, Talladega Nights, Step Brothers, The Other Guys, and The Campaign. His upcoming projects include Undroppable, a documentary that tackles the dropout rate in our schools, and Anchorman 2. McKay is a former head writer of SNL and one of the founding members of the Upright Citizens Brigade. Other credits include writing for Michael Moore's show The Awful Truth and co-founding the comedy website Funny or Die with Will Ferrell. McKay also produces HBO's hit comedy series Eastbound and Down, now in its fourth season, through his and Ferrell’s company, Gary Sanchez Productions. In 2009 he took to the stage, directing the Tony nominated Broadway show You're Welcome America: A Final Night with George W. Bush.
Geraud collaborated on narrative films such as The Great Debaters by Denzel Washington, Conviction by Tony Goldwyn, and Brothers by Jim Sheridan. His narrative and documentary work has been shown in festivals like Sundance (The Adventures of Power, 2008), Telluride (The Road of the Little Song, 2003) and Toronto International where From the Sky Down, directed by Davis Guggenheim, opened the festival in 2011. He recently edited the adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s Big Sur, directed by Michael Polish, and a piece for the Obama campaign directed by Davis Guggenheim.Kurt Engfehr (editor)
Kurt is best known for his work as editor/co-producer on two of Michael Moore's films, the Oscar-winning Bowling for Columbine, which also won the American Cinema Editors award for best documentary editing, and the Cannes Palme d'Or winning Fahrenheit 9/11.In addition to his collaborations with Moore, Kurt co-directed The Yes Men Fix the World, which aired on HBO, and Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, a humorous doc about weight loss and self-realization that was released theatrically in 2011 and has become an online sensation, seen by over 4 million people.
Risks and challenges
I WISH I COULD DO MORE...
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