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11.02.2015 - Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno, Laura Nix, moderated by Ben Gibson

    Having already tried to save the world, The Yes Men are back, and this time, they are revolting! Armed with anger, humor, a camera and performance, The Yes Men have lifted guerilla filmmaking to new heights with activistic and often slapstick interventions that expose the hypocrisies and crimes of big business and government. Yes Men Mike Bonanno and Andy Bichlbaum unite onstage with director and producer Laura Nix to discuss how they made their new film, THE YES MEN ARE REVOLTING. They will lay bare their guerilla tactics and explain how to hack into both public and private spaces and get footage working with minimal tech and crew. Further they will highlight the kinds of preparation and legal clearances that are required when shooting under the radar with unsuspecting subjects and in uncontrolled settings. This time taking on climate change and the policies and corporations that exacerbate the crisis, the filmmakers will discuss the responsibilities and aims of political and activist filmmaking.



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    Andy Bichlbaum


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    American filmmaker, part of the duo The Yes Men, who impersonate corporate criminals to draw attention to crimes against humanity and the environment. Their satirical interventions form the basis of two previous award-winning documentaries. They are the founders of a nonprofit, the Yes Lab, and the Action Switchboard, an online platform for generating direct action.


    Mike Bonanno


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    American Filmmaker, part of the duo The Yes Men, who impersonate corporate criminals to draw attention to crimes against humanity and the environment. Their satirical interventions form the basis of two previous award-winning documentaries. They are the founders of a nonprofit, the Yes Lab, and the Action Switchboard, an online platform for generating direct action.


    Laura Nix


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    American filmmaker, who directed THE LIGHT IN HER EYES, about a Syrian Quran school for women, which premiered at IDFA in 2011. Other feature directing credits include WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT: THE STORY OF HEDWIG, and her fiction feature THE POLITICS OF FUR, which played in over 70 festivals and won multiple awards including the Grand Jury Prize at Outfest. As producer, she made the festival hit THE YES MEN FIX THE WORLD about the political activist duo, and has produced and directed their second film, THE YES MEN ARE REVOLTING, which will be screened in this year's Berlinale Panorama section.



    Moderated by

    Ben Gibson


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    Ben Gibson is the Director of the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB). He was previously Director of Degree Programmes at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School and Visiting Professor at Goldsmiths, University of London. From 2001 to 2014, he was Director of the London Film School. He is a former independent producer and was Head of Production at the British Film Institute from 1988 to 1998. He has produced films by Terence Davies, Derek Jarman and others. Before that he was a distributor, exhibitor, theatre director, film critic and journalist.


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