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.
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.