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
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.
I have often wondered on the new opportunities and places where artists cinema is exhibited. A most comprehensive recent overview is by irish academic, Maeve Connolly in her book 'The place of Artists' Cinema: Space, Site and Screen' (2009). However, while it does detail the relatively recent rise of artists cinema in supposedly 'non-commercial galleries,…Read more the place of artists cinema – off and online
'So what exactly is this "nature" that’s so lovely and such a respite if it's filled with death and dismemberment? And what changes when we try to learn about it instead of just treating it as a pretty backdrop to our daily work and worries?' Su Frederich, experimental filmmaker USA / 2004 / 21 min…Read more The Head of a Pin – experimental films by Su Frederich 2004 and A. Sokurov
Ecocinema Is a term originally from a 2004 Scott MacDonald 'Towards an ecocinema' article. It was further explored in 2010 in Framing the world, explorations in ecocriticism and film, edited by Paula Willoquet-Maricondi (I have written a short post about this book here). From that book ecocinematic films were classified as follows:ecocinematic films:-‘are films thatovertly engage…Read more what is ecocinema? an evolving term
10 Apr 2011 Presentation of my research enquiry area: Nature on Screen - can ecocinema forms and global networked filmic spaces reconnect us to a sense of place and planet? click the image below about the practical and theoretical framework of my research
5 Dec 2010: Short Ecocinema book review - 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…Read more Framing the World – two timely new books on ecocriticism and film