Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Eco-Cinema and Film Genre
This blog run by Robin M and Joe H promotes ecology and film studies, eco-cinema, and ecocritical approaches to genre film.

October 21, 2044 A.D. ??????

The Cli Fi Movie Awards get a name: THE CLIFFIES!

A Q and A with cli-fi founder Dan Bloom

The Cli Fi Movie Awards get a name: THE CLIFFIES!

Joe and I are pleased to share an amazing event with help from its founder, THE CLIFFIES! Please check out the Q and A below to learn more about the first awards program for climate  fiction (cli-fi) film! In a brief self-interview, climate activist and genre student Dan
Bloom talks about his new Cli Fi Movie Awards program, what it is and
why he started it.

QUESTION: -- Dan, you've coined the cli fi genre term and you've been
busy the past 3 years promoting it to the media in the USA, the UK and
Australia, with some pickups also in Denmark, Norway, Brazil, Chile
and Spain. Why are you now curating the CLIFFIES, what you call the
CLI FI MOVIE AWARDS, which you have dubbed in your word coining ways
as "The Cliffies"? What are the Cliffies?

DAN BLOOM: The Cli Fi Movie Awards will honor and recognize the best
cli fi movies of the year on an annual basis. In ten categories. The
2015 launch will be on February 15, a week before the Oscars telecast

QUESTION: -- Why run the event a week before the Oscars?

DAN BLOOM: We want to get maximum media exposure for the Cliffies
awards and this is just good PR timing.

QUESTION: How many movie nominations have come in this year for the
2014 period of cli fi movies?

DAN BLOOM: Seven films have been nominated so far, with categories
like best directors, actors, supporting actors, cinematography, PR and
marketing campaigns, and a few more new categories never awarded
before in Hollywood!

QUESTION: Such as.....?

DAN BLOOM: Wait for the CLIFFIES launch.

QUESTION: Who is funding the event? Sponsors? Venue? Where will the
CLiFFIES take place?

DAN BLOOM: Again, wait for the launch on mid February. This is big.
This is trending and this will reach a lot of important people in the
movie industry with a cli fi message for future years. That's our
goal. That's our premise. That was our starting point. The Cliffies
are not about glitz or glamor or movie stars. They are about the very
future of our planet. Hollywood has a big role to play and indie
movies, too.

QUESTION: Dan, you come across as a bit of an eccentric, a bit of a
maverick and a bit of a climate activist with a never give up
attitude. Who are you?

DAN BLOOM: All three. Take your pick. I answer to all of them. Mostly
I'm a lone wolf crying in the wilderness, shouting from the rooftops,
issuing some wake up calls, ringing some alarm bells, hopefully.

QUESTION: Do you think in all seriousness the media is going to pay
attention to this cockamamie idea of a cli fi movie awards event
dubbed the CLIFFIES when you yourself have zero street cred in
Hollywood, zero media visibility and zero sponsorships?

DAN BLOOM: I'm not worried. What will happen, will happen. Watch! This
is big. We're starting small, but there is a huge growth potential
here, and not about money or glitz. This is a very serious thing we
are curating.

QUESTION: Do you have have any background in the movie business? I
mean, what are you getting yourself in to?

DAN BLOOM: I know a few people in the movie industry, producers and
screenwriters. I've been around the film business all my life as a PR
guy. But this is not about Hollywood, this is about waking Hollywood
up. See?

QUESTION: I do believe you are a maverick, an eccentric,
and a lone wolf climate activist. Not many people would go out on a
limb and do what you are doing, without a parachute and without any
funding or sponsors.

DAN BLOOM: If you build it, they will come. I once interviewed Kevin
Costner during a press conference in Tokyo when I worked there as a
reporter and he came to town for DANCES WITH WOLVES. If you build it,
they will come. He taught me that! ''Field of Dreams''!

NOTE: Nominations for the CLIFFIES are still valid until last day of
December. Send suggestions and categories to:

Monday, October 20, 2014

We must wonder why some people are making such a fuss over the length of Christopher Nolan’s highly-anticipated and reportedly spectacular “cli-fi” movie Interstellar. -- USA TODAY

Entertain This!


So what if 'Interstellar' is almost three hours long?

Matthew McConaughey in a scene from the motion picture "Interstellar." (Melinda Sue Gordon, Paramount Pictures / Warner Brothers Entertainment)
Matthew McConaughey in a scene from the motion picture “Interstellar.” (Melinda Sue Gordon, Paramount Pictures / Warner Brothers Entertainment)

We must wonder why some people are making such a fuss over the length of Christopher Nolan’s highly-anticipated and reportedly spectacular  “cli-fi” movie Interstellar.

Are their attention spans so short? Their bladders so small?
At 169 minutes, or slightly less than three hours, Interstellar — starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain  in a last-ditch effort to save our planet from the effects of climate change —  wouldn’t even be one of the longest movies we have loved and happily sat through over and over again.
All three of the Lord of the Rings movies were longer (178 minutes for The Fellowship of the Ring, 179 for The Two Towers and 201 for The Return of the King. And many other, er, stellar movies clock in even longer,  according to one  ranking by AMC TV. Among other greats on AMC’s list: Lawrence of Arabia (227 minutes);  Gone With The Wind (226 minutes); The Godfather, Part II (200 minutes); Schindler’s List (195 mins.); Titanic (194 mins.); The Green Mile (188 minutes); The Deer Hunter (185 minutes); even Fiddler on the Roof (181 minutes).
Interstellar opens nationwide on Nov. 7 (less than three weeks now, yes, we’re counting the days) but for the super-eager, there will be screenings two days early in U.S. IMAX theatres with 70mm film projection — see the list here. And for once, going for IMAX should be really worth it: we hear there is more than an hour of IMAX footage in the movie.
Meanwhile, we agree with AMC’s blogger, who noted:
 I adhere to the old adage that a bad film is always too long, but a good one is never long enough.

Sometimes saving the world takes more than two hours.

(and maybe skip the 32. oz. soft drink.)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

THE CLIFFIES: Cli Fi Movie Awards -- Not your grandfather's movie awards show!

Get ready for the next BIG THING in Hollywood! Coming February 15, 2015. THE CLIFFIES: #clifi

Jerome Huang pens book about science news in daily newspapers and on TV shows

To put his ideas into larger and more accessible format, Professor Huang sat
wrote a 220-page book in the Chinese-language in Taiwan titled
"Don’t Trust Them! 10 Mistakes in Science News that You Need to Be
Aware Of (別輕易相信!你必須知道的科學偽新聞). The Chinese-language book is currently
available at bookstores nationwide.

05-2720411 ext 37305

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The New York Times creates new team of reporters covering climate climate and AGW and environememt issues

COVERAGE OF THE CLIMATE CHANGE, AGW and the ENVIRONMENT -- The NY Times has put together a new team of particularly talented and hard-hitting reporters to cover climate change and the environment. It’s “the biggest subject going,” the science editor, Barbara Strauch, says. A solutions-oriented series in the NYT and called “The Big Fix” is also underway. [That’s very good news, especially because that coverage had fallen off in the past year or so with the dismantling of an earlier reporting group and the demise of the Green blog.]

[And the Times has been very good so far at covering the mushrooming new genre of cli fi, as the Times reporter Richard Pena-Perez reported in a major NYT story on cli fi that appeared on April 1, 2014 and yes that was April Fool's Day but hopefully just a calendrical coincidence of harmonic convergence proportions and nothing to worry about....... or was it intentional to publish the story on that auspicious day? (SMILE)

The most notable change is the addition of some heavy-hitting reporters to a NYT team with a newly appointed editor, Adam Bryant. The reporters include this soft-spoken [yet determined] blogger's email pals and journalism colleagues John Schwartz, David Kocieniewski and Henry Fountain. Erica Goode, who founded the original environmental team in 2009 and was its editor for two years, will be a science writer at large, reporting to Mr. Bryant.  They join Justin Gillis and Michael Wines in New York and Coral Davenport in Washington, as well as Felicity Barringer on the West Coast.   In addition, James Gorman has been contributing a multimedia element with his Science Take videos.
“The idea is that climate change is the biggest story going, and we ought to be on it in a big way,” says Times science editor, Barbara Strauch. She said that the idea to beef up the team had come from Jill Abramson, before she left the paper last spring, and that the new executive editor, Dean Baquet, had put his full weight and considerable enthusiasm behind it.

The Times has also begun a solutions-oriented series, “The Big Fix,”with more installments on the way. (I had noted, in my previous columns, that there had not been a major series on the environment in some time; that has now been remedied.)
“To state the obvious, it’s an incredibly important story,” Bryant says. “There’s a lot of opportunity to connect the dots, to ask the big questions.” He said he is looking for “conceptual scoops,” as well as aggressive coverage of hard news on the subject.
And he is well equipped to do so now: “I’ve got this unbelievable team of reporters.” NYT reader, Katy Lederer, wrote to the Times  with a potential downside to having many of these reporters work from the science desk. She had noticed, she wrote, “that almost all stories having to do with climate change have been put into the Science section.”   She added: “Keeping these stories primarily in the Science section sends a signal to your readers that the phenomenon of climate change is still something to be studied or examined by scientists–some sort of scientific or natural phenomenon–and not something that is human-caused and already affecting our daily lives. Leaving climate change out of relevant stories that appear outside of the Science section sends the same, outdated message.”
GOOD POINTS, Katy Lederer!

Adam Bryant now runs The New York Times science desk to “to help edit its coverage of climate change and other environmental issues,” according to an internal memo from Barbara Strauch, New York Times science editor. (Full memo below.)
“We’ve had editors in science handling this coverage before, of course,” Bryant said. “So it’s not a new role, per se. But we are adding a few more reporters to cover the topic.”

Full memo:
I’m pleased to announce that Adam Bryant will be joining Science as a deputy to help edit our coverage of climate change and other environmental issues. Read more in this note from Barbara Strauch.
He’ll be working directly with Justin Gillis, Henry Fountain and Jim Gorman — and a few new reporters whose move to Science will be announced in coming days. He’ll also be working closely with reporters and editors in sections across The Times who are also covering these topics.
Adam has worked on every floor of the newsroom, in a wide range of roles, including business reporter and as a deputy editor on BizDay and National. He also ran the How We Live desk, and was a member of the team that produced the Innovation Report this spring. Given his new responsibilities, he’ll be scaling back his Corner Office feature in the business section — it will continue in its traditional slot every Sunday, but he’ll be dropping the Friday installment.
Adam starts in his new role after Labor Day.

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Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra! ''CLI FI'' arrives in print newspapers!

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