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The Environmental Documentary Cinema Activism in the 21st Century,9781441176110

The Environmental Documentary Cinema Activism in the 21st Century

Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 5/18/2017
Publisher(s): Bloomsbury Academic
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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.

Author Biography

John A. Duvall, Assistant Professor of Communications, teaches cinema production and screenwriting at Dominican University of California, USA. He produced the documentary Peak Oil and Transition for his doctoral dissertation at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Dr. Duvall formerly edited sound effects in Hollywood and writes feature screenplays.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. From Lorentz to Disney: The Environment in Documentary History (1930-1960)
Chapter 3. Television Documentary Paves the Way (1960-70s)
Chapter 4. Koyaanisqatsi Early Stirrings (1970's-90s)
Chapter 5. Climate Change and Peak Oil: Crude Awakening to the End of Suburbia
Chapter 6. An Inconvenient Truth: Hollywood Joins the Fight
Chapter 7. Animals, Food and Agriculture: From Food, Inc. to The Cove
Chapter 8. Green TV: Cable Networks Spread the Word
Chapter 9. The Environmental Marketplace: New Models for Funding and Production
Chapter 10. A Revolution in Style: From Michael Moore to Gasland
Chapter11. The Online Environment and the Future of Documentary

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