The Environmental Documentary

Cinema Activism in the 21st Century

Author: John A. Duvall

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1441122494

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 368

View: 9330

The Environmental Documentary provides the first extensive coverage of the most important environmental films of the decade, including their approach to their topics and their impacts on public opinion and political debate. While documentaries with themes of environmental activism date back at least to Pare Lorenz's films of the 1930's, no previous decade has produced the number and quality of films that engage environmental issues from an activist viewpoint. The convergence of high profile issues like climate change, fossil fuel depletion, animal abuse, and corporate malfeasance has combined with the miniaturization of high quality recording equipment and the expansion of documentary programming, to produce an unprecedented number of important and influential documentary productions. The text examines the processes of production and distribution that have produced this explosion in documentaries. The films range from a high-profile Hollywood production with theatrical distribution like An Inconvenient Truth, to shorter independently produced films like The End of Suburbia that have reached a small audience of activists through video distribution, interviews with many of the filmmakers, and word of mouth.

Climate Change and the Environmental Documentary Film

An Analysis of "An Inconvenient Truth" and "The 11th Hour"

Author: Maike Westhues

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 366830100X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 49

View: 4420

Bachelor Thesis from the year 2014 in the subject Film Science, grade: 1,0, University of Bayreuth, language: English, abstract: Climate change is arguably one of the most important issues of our time, but how do we perceive and how do we talk about it? Susanne C. Moser has identified the various difficulties that arise when trying to understand and communicate the phenomenon that is climate change. On the basis of her paper "Communicating Climate Change – History, Challenges, Process and Future Directions" I have analysed two American environmental documentaries – Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" and Leonardo DiCaprio's "The 11th Hour" – on how they each deal with aforementioned difficulties and have tried to determine which one can be regarded as 'better' or 'more successful' in terms of getting the message across. The films shall be analyzed according to their structure, their scientific accuracy (if possible), their approach to the subject and the way in which they deal with the afore mentioned problems in a successful communication of climate change. Afterwards it shall be tried to assess whether it can be said that one of the two documentaries is more successful at 'getting the message across" and if such should be the case, reasons for this will be discussed.

The Media, Animal Conservation and Environmental Education

Author: John Blewitt

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317967194

Category: Education

Page: 196

View: 4414

Natural History filmmaking has a long history but the generic boundaries between it and environmental and conservation filmmaking are blurred. Nature, environment and animal imagery has been a mainstay of television, campaigning organisations and conservation bodies from Greenpeace to the Sierra Club, with vibrant images being used effectively on posters, leaflets and postcards, and in coffee table books, media releases, short films and viral emails to educate and inform the general public. However, critics suggest that wildlife film and photography frequently convey a false image of the state of the world’s flora and fauna. The environmental educator David Orr once remarked that all education is environmental education, and it is possible to see all image-based communication in the same way. The Media, Animal Conservation and Environmental Education has contributions from filmmakers, photographers, researchers and academics from across the globe. It explores the various ways in which film, television and video are, and can be, used by conservationists and educators to encourage both a greater awareness of environmental and conservation issues, and practical action designed to help endangered species. This book is based on a special issue of the journal Environmental Education Research.

Eco-Trauma Cinema

Author: Anil Narine

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317649427

Category: Social Science

Page: 258

View: 8677

Film has taken a powerful position alongside the global environmental movement, from didactic documentaries to the fantasy pleasures of commercial franchises. This book investigates in particular film’s complex role in representing ecological traumas. Eco-trauma cinema represents the harm we, as humans, inflict upon our natural surroundings, or the injuries we sustain from nature in its unforgiving iterations. The term encompasses both circumstances because these seemingly distinct instances of ecological harm are often related, and even symbiotic: the traumas we perpetuate in an ecosystem through pollution and unsustainable resource management inevitably return to harm us. Contributors to this volume engage with eco-trauma cinema in its three general forms: accounts of people who are traumatized by the natural world, narratives that represent people or social processes which traumatize the environment or its species, and stories that depict the aftermath of ecological catastrophe. The films they examine represent a central challenge of our age: to overcome our disavowal of environmental crises, to reflect on the unsavoury forces reshaping the planet's ecosystems, and to restructure the mechanisms responsible for the state of the earth.

The Cinematic Footprint

Lights, Camera, Natural Resources

Author: Nadia Bozak

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 081355196X

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

View: 1547

Film is often used to represent the natural landscape and, increasingly, to communicate environmentalist messages. Yet behind even today’s “green” movies are ecologically unsustainable production, distribution, and consumption processes. Noting how seemingly immaterial moving images are supported by highly durable resource-dependent infrastructures, The Cinematic Footprint traces the history of how the “hydrocarbon imagination” has been central to the development of film as a medium. Nadia Bozak’s innovative fusion of film studies and environmental studies makes provocative connections between the disappearance of material resources and the emergence of digital media—with examples ranging from early cinema to Dziga Vertov’s prescient eye, from Chris Marker’s analog experiments to the digital work of Agnès Varda, James Benning, and Zacharias Kunuk. Combining an analysis of cinema technology with a sensitive consideration of film aesthetics, The Cinematic Footprint offers a new perspective on moving images and the natural resources that sustain them.

Framing the World

Explorations in Ecocriticism and Film

Author: Paula Willoquet-Maricondi

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

ISBN: 0813930669

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 280

View: 8477

The essays in this collection make a contribution to the greening of film studies and expand the scope of ecocriticism as a discipline traditionally rooted in literary studies. In addition to highlighting particular films as productive tools for raising awareness and educating us about environmental issues, Framing the World: Explorations in Ecocriticism and Film encourages its readers to become more ecologically minded viewers, sensitive to the ways in which films reflect, shape, reinforce, and challenge our perceptions of nature, of human/nature relations, and of environmental issues. The contributors to this volume offer in-depth analyses of a broad range of films, including fictional and documentary, Hollywood and independent, domestic and foreign, experimental and indigenous. Drawing from disciplines including film theory, ecocriticism, philosophy, rhetoric, environmental justice, and American and Indigenous studies, Framing the World offers new and original approaches to the ecocritical study of cinema. The twelve essays are gathered in four parts, focusing on ecocinema as activist cinema; the representation of environmental justice issues in Hollywood, independent, and foreign films; the representation of animals, ecosystems, and natural and human-made landscapes in live action and animation; and ecological themes in the films of two eco-auteurs, Kiyoshi Kurosawa and Peter Greenaway. Willoquet-Maricondi’s introduction provides an overview of the field of ecocriticism and offers both philosophical and theoretical foundations for the ecocritical study of films. Contributors Beth Berila, St. Cloud State University * Lynne Dickson Bruckner, Chatham College * Elizabeth Henry, University of Denver * Joseph K. Heumann, Eastern Illinois University * Harri Kilpi, University of East Anglia * Jennifer Machiorlatti, Western Michigan University * Mark Minster, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology * Robin L. Murray, Eastern Illinois University * Tim Palmer, University of North Carolina, Wilmington * Cory Shaman, Arkansas Tech University * Rachel Stein, Siena College * Paula Willoquet-Maricondi, Marist College

A Companion to Contemporary French Cinema

Author: Alistair Fox,Michel Marie,Raphaëlle Moine,Hilary Radner

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118585429

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 712

View: 1178

A Companion to Contemporary French Cinema presents a comprehensive collection of original essays addressing all aspects of French cinema from 1990 to the present day. Features original contributions from top film scholars relating to all aspects of contemporary French cinema Includes new research on matters relating to the political economy of contemporary French cinema, developments in cinema policy, audience attendance, and the types, building, and renovation of theaters Utilizes groundbreaking research on cinema beyond the fiction film and the cinema-theater such as documentary, amateur, and digital filmmaking Contains an unusually large range of methodological approaches and perspectives, including those of genre, gender, auteur, industry, economic, star, postcolonial and psychoanalytic studies Includes essays by important French cinema scholars from France, the U.S., and New Zealand, many of whose work is here presented in English for the first time

The SAGE Handbook of Environmental Change

Volume 1: Approaches, Evidences and Causes Volume 2: Human Impacts and Responses

Author: John A Matthews

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1446265927

Category: Science

Page: 1056

View: 8850

The SAGE Handbook of Environmental Change is an extensive survey of the interdisciplinary science of environmental change, including recent debates on climate change and the full range of other natural and anthropogenic changes affecting the Earth-ocean-atmosphere system in the past, present and future. It examines the historic importance, present status and future prospects of the field over two volumes. With more than 40 chapters, the books situate the defining characteristics and key paradigms within a state-of-the-art review of the field, including its changing nature and diversity of approaches, evidence base, key theoretical arguments, resonances with other disciplines and relationships between theory, research and practice. Opening with a detailed, contextualizing essay by the editors, the work is arranged into six parts: Part One: Approaches to Understanding Environmental Change Part Two: Evidence of Environmental Change and the Geo-ecological Response Part Three: Causes, Mechanisms and Dynamics of Environmental Change Part Four: Key Issues of Human-induced Environmental Changes and Their Impacts Part Five: Patterns, Processes and Impacts of Environmental Change at the Regional Scale Part Six: Responses of People to Environmental Change and Implications for Society Global in its coverage, scientific and theoretical in its approach, the books bring together an international set of respected editors and contributors to provide an exciting, timely addition to the literature on climate change. With the subjects' interdisciplinary framework, this book will appeal to academics, researchers, postgraduates and practitioners in a variety of disciplines including, geography, geology, ecology, environmental science, archaeology, anthropology, politics and sociology.

100 Jobs in the Environment

Author: Debra Quintana

Publisher: Wiley


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 224

View: 6980

You're a concerned individual. You've seen many of the challenges being faced by our ecosystem: global warming; contaminated rivers, lakes, and streams; overuse of pesticides; diminishing natural resources. You've decided to go to work to help the environment. But what can you do, and where do you begin? "100 Jobs in the Environment" helps you find some of the answers.

Public History and the Environment

Author: Martin V. Melosi,Philip V. Scarpino

Publisher: N.A


Category: Education

Page: 291

View: 5279

Public History and the Environment includes original essays written by public and academic historians with working experience on topics which (1) describe and analyze linkages between public history and the environment, with special attention to the ways in which historical modes and methods are and can be further utilized to deal with current environmental issues and problems; and (2) treat some of the ways that historians present environmental issues to the public and suggest new ways to do so. This volume also offers an opportunity to merge the fields of environmental and public history theoretically, thus providing public historians with a broader perspective on their day-to-day research and writing. It also serves to demonstrate the vast opportunities available to environmental historians who choose to practice their craft in the public realm.

The First Green Wave

Pollution Probe and the Origins of Environmental Activism in Ontario

Author: Ryan O'Connor

Publisher: UBC Press

ISBN: 0774828110

Category: Nature

Page: 264

View: 4726

The First Green Wave traces the rise of Ontario's environmental movement. At the heart of the story is Pollution Probe, an organization founded in 1969 by students and faculty at the University of Toronto. In its first year of operation, Pollution Probe confronted Toronto's City Hall over its use of pesticides, Ontario Hydro over air pollution, and the detergent industry over pollution of the Great Lakes. The success of these actions inspired the founding of other environmental organizations across Canada and led to the development of initiatives now taken for granted, such as waste reduction and energy policy.

Exile Cinema

Filmmakers at Work beyond Hollywood

Author: Michael Atkinson

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0791478610

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 227

View: 5060

Offers a cross section of international fringe cinema.

Environmental Communication and the Public Sphere

Author: Robert Cox

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1412972116

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 385

View: 8919

Environmental Communication and the Public Sphere is the first comprehensive undergraduate textbook in the growing field of environmental communication. It takes as its theme the role of communication in influencing the ways in which we perceive the environment as well as what actions we and others take in our relations to the natural world. The text blends scholarship and hands-on experiences to provide a theory-based and coherent description of the concrete communication practices and sites in the debates over environment protection. Additional theory and vocabulary are introduced, as are case studies and examples for closer examination of the principal sites and practices of environmental communication - including forums for public participation, advocacy campaigns, media coverage of environmental stories, risk communication, and models of dispute settlement. This accessible book: • Summarizes current scholarship in the area and makes accessible many of the practices of media, corporations, and advocacy groups that are not readily available in public sources. • Gives students insight into the practical ways to participate publicly in influencing the decisions of governmental agencies that affect the environment. • Offers a comprehensible treatment of the complexity and range of issues, sites, and practices in environmental communication. • Includes "Act Locally" exercises, which provide opportunities for students to apply their knowledge of the principles of environmental communication

The Environmental Debate

A Documentary History, with Timeline, Glossary, and Appendices

Author: Peninah Neimark,Peter Rhoades Mott

Publisher: Grey House Pub

ISBN: 9781592376766

Category: History

Page: 460

View: 899

Presents 168 primary source documents ranging from the Colonial era to the present that address subjects considered in modern times to be environmental concerns.

International Documentary

The Newsletter of the International Documentary Association

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Documentary films

Page: N.A

View: 9698


The Environmental Imagination

Technics and Poetics of the Architectural Environment

Author: Dean Hawkes

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 0415360862

Category: Architecture

Page: 233

View: 6036

This title, from a well-regarded and established expert, explores the changing relationship between the poetic intentions and technical means of environmental design in architecture. Working thematically and chronologically from the eighteenth century to the present day, these essays reach beyond the narrow conventional view of the purely technical to encompass the poetics of architecture, redefining the historiography of environmental design. Through an assessment of the works of several leading figures throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Hawkes deftly shows the growth of environmental awareness and adds a consideration of the qualitative dimension of the environment to the existing, primarily technological, narratives. Essays on earlier buildings highlight the response of pioneering architects to the 'new' technologies of mechanical services and their influence on the form of buildings, while the late twentieth-century design is explored in particular depth to illustrate individual strands of the environmental diversity of modern practice.

State of the Environment in Asia and the Pacific

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9789211200195

Category: Asia

Page: 494

View: 989

The present report is the fourth in a series of reports published every five years on environmental trends in the region. The report looks at the prevailing environmental conditions in the terrestrial, aquatic and atmospheric systems and highlights the responses to environmental problems. It examines the relationship between environmental change and economic and social conditions. In addition, it reviews the national and regional responses to the problems of environment and sustainable development. It also presents key emerging issues in human ecosystems, which are described in terms of urban environment, wastes, poverty and food security. Finally, the report identifies key challenges and areas in which urgent action is needed, particularly in regard to regional and international collaboration efforts. [UN website]

Water Rights and the Environment in the United States: A Documentary and Reference Guide

A Documentary and Reference Guide

Author: John R. Burch Jr.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1440838038

Category: Nature

Page: 442

View: 2994

This sweeping study traces the development of water policy in the United States from the 19th century to the present day, exploring the role of legislation in appropriating access to water to the American people. • Addresses recent events including the handling of Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill in the Gulf • Consolidates difficult-to-locate documents on United States water policy • Covers topics as diverse as water doctrine, water rights, pollution control, wildlife conservation, invasive species regulation, and environmental damage mitigation • Describes the impact of climate change on water supply and safety • Focuses solely on the water issues affecting the United States

Modern America: A Documentary History of the Nation Since 1945

A Documentary History of the Nation Since 1945

Author: Robert H Donaldson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317464699

Category: History

Page: 360

View: 8783

This primary source reader assembles key documents and firsthand accounts that are emblematic of American life from the end of World War II to the present. Designed to complement a core text for a typical post-1945 U.S. history course, the book offers conciseness and selectivity with balanced coverage of domestic and foreign, societal and cultural issues grouped together chronologically. The readings afford students compelling and sometimes startling insights into the nation's postwar adaptation to its new position of global power and responsibility, wealth, and rapid social change; on through years of energy and ambition, conflict and tragedy, to the post-Vietnam malaise and the rise of Ronald Reagan, the frenzied nineties, and the arrival of the new millennium. Each chapter includes an introduction that sets the documents in historical context, a biographical sketch of a significant person of the time, study questions, and suggestions for further reading.