Off the screen - and into the streets!

Get ready for an action-packed week of screenings of The Yes Men Fix the World at Film Forum, on Houston west of 6th Ave. in Manhattan. (Buy tickets in advance on the Film Forum website.)

Here are a few of the things we've got planned. They're all going to ROCK!

The kickoff screening, on Wednesday Oct. 7 at 8pm, will involve a host of "Survivaballs." We don't know what trouble they'll get themselves into. A couple of weeks ago they tried swimming to the UN, to blockade world leaders inside until they came to a good climate agreement. It was all good fun, especially since Andy spent a good night in jail and CNN put it on prime-time. There's no river right next to the Film Forum theater, but we're sure an army of 6-foot-diameter grubs can find some way to get into trouble.
Update: Bring gloves. Don't wear white. Practice stepping to the sound of a tuba.
(Note: the 6:15pm screening on Wednesday, Oct. 7 will be preceded by a 5-6pm Yes Men comic-book signing at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, MoCCA. Attendees of the screening will get the comic book free - as will attendees of Saturday 1pm and 2:45pm matinee screenings. The comic book, by Rebecca Migdal, will also appear in the next issue of World War 3 Illustrated Magazine.)
Report from last night: It was 30 minutes longer than usual! And coal was involved.

We'll be leading a rowdy-as-usual crowd from the 8pm screening (tickets here) across town to a very special "Hijinx" Premiere Party at the Delancey Lounge, hosted by Justin Bond and Penny Arcade.
Unfortunately for Whole Foods CEO John Mackey, a massive new Whole Foods store on Houston and Bowery sits smack-dab in the middle of that crosstown march (we expect to be there around 10pm). Let's just say that the well-fed CEO may continue to regret his recent reactionary comments on health care reform. (Do big-box stores have stupidity insurance?) Sing along!
Read the report from last night's epic Whole Foods convergence!

We'll launch opening weekend with a matinee screening hosted by the Raging Grannies, Gray Panthers and Granny Peace Brigade. These elders get arrested while blocking access to recruitment centers, demand to be sent to Iraq so their children can come home, and otherwise fight with their bodies to oppose militarism and war profiteering. Who will bear the wrath of the Grannies' rage Friday? Come early to find out.
The Grannies will be singing raucous songs in front of the theater before the screening begins - so show up early for an extra-special show!

You may have seen Green Candidate for Mayor, Reverend Billy, in the 2007 doc, What Would Jesus Buy. At the 8pm screening he'll be joining forces with us, along with his rambunctious choir. The Reverend, who's been arrested more than 40 times, has a stubborn habit of using humor, gospel, and civil disobedience to fight injustice. Only blocks away from Film Forum Theater sits one particularly blatant example of injustice. Will it remain standing after the Reverend takes the audience on a visit? Buy your tickets now to witness the revelation!
Read the report from Reverend Billy's levitation of the ICE detention center at 215 Varick.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 1:00, 2:45, 4:30 screenings
The Yes Men will be there, and will give away special gifts.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 8pm and 10pm
Saturday's evening screenings will be led by activists from the Bhopal USA campaign. They'll tell you what you can do to help make Dow pay for the worst industrial accident in history. These folks aren't taking it. And after seeing our film, you're not going to either. What that means, we'll just have to find out....
See the photos from the simultaneous screening in Bhopal! (Other screenings in New Orleans and Calgary.)

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11, 1:00, 2:45, 4:30 screenings
The Yes Men will be there, and will give away special gifts.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11, 6:30pm
Meet Witness. They train people to intervene with video against some of the worst human rights abuses on earth. Their current targets happen to have some locations right near the theater. Bring your camera to this one!

Media That Matters will be co-presenting this screening with us, beginning by showing a short clip of Jennifer Redfearn's The Next Wave (about the Carteret Islanders' struggle to relocate as some of the world's first climate change refugees), and leading a discussion about the power and impact of film and video.

8pm screening: Join staff and friends of Creative Time for a post-screening Q&A with the Yes Men.

Screening hosted by Constitutional avengers from the Center for Constitutional Rights. Join in on a talk-back between the Yes Men and CCR director Vince Warren, on creative use of law as a positive force for social change.

American Jewish World Service: Launch of "Meet the Change." This is what "Tikkun Olam" looks like!

This screening is hosted by CODEPINK. CODEPINK are some of the fiercest women on earth, who make a hobby of storming into meetings of Congress and making a big pink stink till they're dragged out kicking and screaming. They're just getting back from Afghanistan, where they've seen what a mess we're still making. Who knows what they'll feel like doing? The evening's festivities will definitely include kisses, Survivaball fittings, and what we can only described as a very special post-movie "heath care party."
Follow us right afterwards over to the big Spank party (Oops!) at the Hose.

After this screening, some folks from the SEIU local will talk about their Banks Accountability campaign, before taking us on a fun, and useful, outing to a local bank branch.

The Yes Men Fix the World Official Trailer

When Civilization Falls, You've Got Balls