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Towards an Ecocinema

by cath_ecoartfilm
How we represent nature on screen may influence how we relate to our environment, nature, the world we are dependent upon, live in. I’m doing research on experimental/avant-garde film and ecology. US film writer Scott MacDonald believed experimental film may have potential ‘in retraining our perception’ of the natural world. He coined the term ‘ecocinema’ in his paper ‘towards an ecocinema’ in 2004. My research, through my own experimental film practice and theory can be seen at http://www.ecoartfilm.com. Comments welcome. Some of my own work: screen reel 2008-12 cathy fitzgerald from Cathy Fitzgerald on Vimeo. Many experimental /… Read more

How we represent nature on screen may influence how we relate to our environment, nature, the world we are dependent upon, live in.

I’m doing research on experimental/avant-garde film and ecology. US film writer Scott MacDonald believed experimental film may have potential ‘in retraining our perception’ of the natural world. He coined the term ‘ecocinema’ in his paper ‘towards an ecocinema’ in 2004.

My research, through my own experimental film practice and theory can be seen at http://www.ecoartfilm.com. Comments welcome.

Some of my own work:

screen reel 2008-12 cathy fitzgerald from Cathy Fitzgerald on Vimeo.

  • Many experimental / avant-garde films cannot be watched on MUBI as yet as you’ll find on the list below (they are not available for copyright reasons I expect although MUBI does seem to be making efforts to bring more online soon). So below are some clips I’ve found elsewhere.

First off, the end scene from the dystopic film Soylent Green (1973) – the only images of nature in 2022 are those you can choose to watch when you choose euthansia over living in an overcrowded world. A friend had said to me years ago that my own work sadly reminded her of this scene

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