The ‘taxonomy’ of nature cinema and popularising science

This is a diagram I came across a few months ago in a book called Watching Wildlife by Cynthia Chris.  I know the work of one of the artists who created the diagram - Mark Dion. I looked at Dion's work closely for my undergraduate thesis and later article on Science and the Eclipse of the…Read more The ‘taxonomy’ of nature cinema and popularising science

American nature film: representations of dominion and imperialism by Ronald B Tobias

American nature film: representations of dominion and imperialism

Cathy Fitzgerald reviews ecocinema book Film and the American Moral Vision of Nature: : Theodore Roosevelt to Walt Disney (2011) by Ronald B. Tobias. This book discusses nature dioramas of the early 20th century and 'how such animal exhibits conveyed a suspended visual statement of the newly understood superior natural order of nature, a new moral vision that became a powerful analogy to the rising and powerful modern America'. And later the repercussions: 'Throughout American nature cinema, from early films of the American West, to Africa and the South Pacific, to Disney’s animations and TrueLife nature documentaries...reveals that much of American nature film is 'couched nature within a uniquely American moral code' and imperialistic perspectives'

How far is heaven: a new film on relations between a New Zealand river and its communities

http://vimeo.com/deerheartfilms/hfih-trailer I've been lucky enough to catch some new documentaries at the 2012 NZ film festival... And this one, How Far is Heaven (2012) in particular relates to my previous post (the Aotearoa-New Zealand Whanganui river has recently been granted world-leading innovative legal status as an entity in its own right). Beautifully shot, this film…Read more How far is heaven: a new film on relations between a New Zealand river and its communities

New book: Ecocinema Theory and Practice

Above: Two instances of wind from Tarkovsky's "Zerkalo" (Mirror), spliced together * New book due Aug 2012: Ecocinema Theory and Practice   'Most academic film studies professionals don't take nature film seriously, either historically or theoretically. Indeed, there are few better indications of the educationally counterproductive gap between the humanities and the sciences', Scott Macdonald,…Read more New book: Ecocinema Theory and Practice

Portraits of the Anthropocene by David Thomas Smith

Three Gorges Dam, Sandouping, Yiling, Hubei, People's Republic of China. 2010-11 © David Thomas Smith, courtesy of the artist Portraits of the Anthropocene by David Thomas Smith 'I make work that is multi-dimensional. Having come from a background in documentary photography, it is important to me to draw attention to socio-economic and political issues. While at…Read more Portraits of the Anthropocene by David Thomas Smith

Framing the World -two timely new books on ecocriticism and film.

5 Dec 2010: ' Twelve essays  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, natural and human-made landscapes and readings of two mainstream eco-auteurs, Kiyoshi Kurosawa and Peter Greenaway', Framing the World; explorations in ecocriticism and film,…Read more Framing the World -two timely new books on ecocriticism and film.

Walden by Jonas Mekas

The diary form of film-making by its master and leading experimental filmer and expermental film advocate... Walden is Mekas' conversation with a city (New York) and friends. It's nice to see that Jonas' celebratory and generous work now has spread to the new world of internet diary making too - see Jonas vlogging at http://jonasmekasfilms.com/diary/ …Read more Walden by Jonas Mekas