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"FEEDBACK congratulates the Yes Men after their documentary The Yes Men Fix the World won the Panorama Audience Award at the Berlin Film Festival back in February. They unaccountably failed to pick up a gong at the Istanbul Film Festival in April and the Toronto and Warsaw festivals in May, but we remain convinced that this is the year's top documentary film." Full Article >
"While some may find the Yes Men entertaining," said a Dow spokesperson, "it is important to realize that these pranksters continue to communicate inaccuracies."
Mike Bonanno of the Yes Men responded: "Dow lets people die from tainted water in Bhopal, yet communicates itself as a sort of corporate Mother Theresa. Nobody but a psychopath would find THAT entertaining."
"We think it is a serious matter when people willingly misrepresent themselves," said a spokesperson for the world's largest oil company, responding to the film's airing on HBO last week. The film will be in theaters in the U.K. beginning this Friday, August 7, and in U.S. theaters in October.
Exxon stopped short of calling the Yes Men outright liars, despite a scene in the film where the Yes Men, impersonating Exxon at a big oil conference in Canada, present the company's supposed solution to climate change: a new biofuel called Vivoleum, made from the human victims of climate change.
"Exxon can't actually deny that their actions are threatening to kill off millions or billions," said Andy Bichlbaum of the Yes Men. "What else would they do with the victims?" (Also featured in "The Yes Men Fix the World" are interviews with members of free-market think tanks, until recently funded by Exxon, who promote inaction on climate change before Congress and through multi-million dollar advertising campaigns.)
The film is no kinder to Dow Chemical, the world's second-largest chemical company. The film shows the Yes Men impersonating Dow live on the BBC before 300 million viewers, announcing that Dow will finally compensate survivors of the Bhopal catastrophe and clean up the tainted groundwater left in its wake. The film contrasts this stark reality with Dow's "Dow Hu" advertising campaign. Full Article >
THE YES MEN FIX THE WORLD reviewed: New York Post
While you might disagree with their politics, it's hard not to appreciate the intricate lengths to which the Yes Men go to deliver their message. Remember that fake New York Times front page last fall, declaring "Iraq War Ends"? That was their handiwork. It didn't really fool anyone, but it certainly got everyone's attention. Continue >
Yes Men interviewed on "Democracy Now"
“The Yes Men Fix the World”: In New Film, Anti-Corporate Pranksters the Yes Men Continue to Jolt Polluters and Profiteers
Anti-corporate pranksters and gonzo political activists the Yes Men are back with a new film, The Yes Men Fix the World. The movie follows Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno as they infiltrate and expose the world of big business through high-profile outrageous pranks. From ExxonMobil to Halliburton, no industry is too big for the Yes Men’s hoaxes.
"We aren't leaving till BMW stops making cars," declared Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno (also known as "The Yes Men") as they planted themselves in the middle of the red carpet wearing ridiculous inflatable costumes. "Cars are killing the planet, and charity events that greenwash their image aren't helping." LEARN MORE
February 14, 2009
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LONDON/BERLIN. Having received standing ovations at its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival last week, the hilariously shocking The Yes Men Fix the World opened this year's Berlin Film Festival's Panorama Dokumente section to equally responsive crowds, culminating in its win of the Panorama Audience Award, announced today.
Directed by the "˜Yes Men™" (Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno) in collaboration with Bowling for Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11 editor Kurt Engfehr, who co-directs, The Yes Men Fix The World leads us through the daring political pranks of two gonzo activists as they take on the fake identity of corporate executives in a bid to highlight the greed and brutal selfishness of some of the world's biggest and most powerful multi-national corporations.
The film begins with the Yes Men's famous 2004 impersonation of a Dow Chemical spokesperson on BBC World News, in which they took responsibility for the largest industrial accident in history "the Bhopal disaster“ in a broadcast that reached 300 million people. Dow's share price dropped by $2 billion in just 23 minutes as shareholders rejected the idea of compensating families who suffered death, disability and disease after 42 tonnes of toxic gas from a leaky chemical plant engulfed the city's poorest neighbourhoods.
The film also shows the Yes Men posing as Exxon and Halliburton representatives, presenting shocking and ridiculous solutions to climate change to industry audiences, as well as appearing alongside the governor of Louisiana and the mayor of New Orleans to show how government could right the wrongs done to the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Besides covering the Yes Men's daring hoaxes, the film investigates and attacks the blind worship of the free market that has led so many corporations and government agencies to put profits before people.
January 20, 2009
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"As entertaining as it is effective" - Sundance Festival
"The Yes Men Fix the World is funny and entertaining, but also extremely poignant and timely." - The Film Lot
"The Yes Men Fix the World" has premiered at Sundance before extremely enthusiastic audiences. The film was directed by the Yes Men, in collaboration with Bowling for Columbine and Fahrenheit 911 editor Kurt Engfehr, and follows the political prankster group through a number of hilarious impersonations of some of the world's biggest corporations.
The film begins with the Yes Men's famous 2004 impersonation of a Dow Chemical spokesperson on BBC World News, in which they took responsibility for the largest industrial accident in history before 300 million people. It ends with the much-reported distribution of a hundred thousand copies of a fake New York Times - a 'good news' edition announcing, among other things, the end of the Iraq War.
Along the way, the film shows the Yes Men posing as Exxon and Halliburton and presenting shocking and ridiculous solutions to climate change to audiences of oil industry people and others - as well as appearing alongside the governor of Louisiana and the mayor of New Orleans, and showing how government could do things right.
Besides covering the Yes Men's daring hoaxes, the film investigates and attacks the worship of the free market that has led so many corporations and government agencies to put profits above people. It ends with a rousing call to action, to give Obama the pressure he'll need to do what we've elected him for.
The Sundance Festival says "The Yes Men Fix the World is as entertaining as it is effective." The film is represented by Cinetic Media, who are already in discussions for distribution in North America and Europe following Sunday's premiere and today's packed industry screening. It will have an extensive outreach campaign to make it useful to activist organizations.
Below is a funny interview with the film's creators at Sundance.
November 12, 2008
The Yes Men and The Anti-Advertising Agency printed and distributed thousands of copies of a fake version of the New York Times dated July 4, 2009 with the headline “Iraq War Ends”. They recruited volunteers through the website Because We Want It to distribute the fake paper.
The paper was full of news that most of us wish we could read if given the chance. Articles included politicians and citizens getting together to solve vexing issues such as Global Warming, the economy, energy, and an end to wars..
Alex S. Jones in the New York Times City Room Blog looked favorable on the exploit: “I would say if you’ve got one, hold on to it. It will probably be a collector’s item. I’m just glad someone thinks The New York Times print edition is worthy of an elaborate hoax. A Web spoof would have been infinitely easier. But creating a print newspaper and handing it out at subway stations? That takes a lot of effort. I consider this a gigantic compliment to The Times.”
Below: CNN interview with Andy Bichlbaum of The Yes Menand Steve Lambert of the Anti-Advertising Agency.