Sunday, August 24, 2014

''Cli Fi Guys'' movie production firm getting funding from China, Nigeria investors for future cli fi movievs

 
from APF and agemcies

NEW YORK -- Climate activist annd PR consultant Danny Bloom is working on a plan to set up his own movie production
company in Asia, he tells APF, with US$50 million in funding from
Nigerian energy tycoon Christian Nwadike  and an anonymous
 Chinese investor in Beijing, he says.

The production company,
to be called ''Cli Fi Guys'', will make only cli fi movies for worldwide
distribution, and will aim for films with signifcant box office
prospects, according to Bloom, sometimes in partnership with Hollywood
and Chinese studios.

"The goal is to develop cli fi material that the studios are not
necessarily thinking of, or greenlighting," Bloom, 65, says. "The projects
will all involve cli fi themes, but I myself won't be involved in the
producing, directing or writing asspects other than as a PR consultant
on the side. China will be a particular focus. Cli fi is getting big
in China, for some reason. But good of them, as China is one of the
biggest emitters of carbon dioxide on the planet."

Friday, August 22, 2014

Academia taking to emerging "cli fi" genre in a, well, academic way

The average person might not know what the initials CFP mean, but in
the world of university professors and independent scholars, a CFP is a
"call for papers" -- academic essays (with copious footnotes) about
sometimes arcane or sometimes pop culture subjects. You need a PhD to
write one.

As the new genre of cli fi -- novels and movies about climate change
and global warming, usually written with a moral imperative rather
than as mere entertainment -- continues to emerge in the global media
world, from NPR to TIME magazine to The New York Times, more and more
academic journals are getting into the act, too, calling for papers
about cli fi as a literary genre, cli fi as a literary meme, cli fi as
a literary motif, cli fi as just about anything pop culture observers
and  university professors want to talk about.

Already, there are journals about cli fi published in Australia, the
UK and North America.

Here's one example:

"Nature strikes back! Genres of revenge in the anthropocene, " a
special issue of the "Australian Humanities Review". It was
edited
by Catherine Simpson and Nicole Matthews and is due out in the fall.

In their CFP the editors asked for 300 word abstracts with full papers be
submitted before March 15, 2014.


The editors explained their mission this way:

''Cli-fi (or climate fiction) has recently emerged as a new subgenre
'describing tales of imminent disaster as a consequence of anthropogenic
'climate change.  If Rachel Carson's Silent Spring invoked nature
'extinguished, passive or defeated, these narratives of environmental change
'present an unexpectedly feral, unpredictable world where an aggressive
'nature runs rampant. In this special issue we hope to excavate the resources
'of popular genres for talking about risk, causality and the unintended
 consequences of human action."


Simpson and Matthews added: "This issue will interrogate the ways we
narrate non-human agency.  How do
these stories revisit the spectacle and power of the sublime? Can popular
culture help us re-imagine environments, objects and non-human animals in a
time of rapid ecological change? What is the affective potentiality of
narratives of hubris, revenge and fear?  And how are whiteness, colonial
politics of 'natives' and 'non-natives', and border policing restaged across
these diverse and composite bodies?  We invite theoretically, empirically
and/or textually grounded articles and welcome articles that locate
Australia in comparative or international contexts."





This was just one academic journal worldwide looking into the cli fi genre in
professorial  ways. The meme is being repeated in other academic
journals in Britain, Canada, the U.S. and Denmark.

Academics such as Stepanie LeMenager at the University of Oregon and
Jon Christensen at UCLA are looking into the genre, too. Arizona State
University has recently invited novelist Margaret Atwood to give a
keynote speech on cli fi novels at a November 5 event, with Atwood
flying in from her home in Toronto for the evening speech.

Cli fi is no longer just a pop phenomenon, talked about on radio shows
and in newspaper forums. The "mushrooming" new genre, as New York
Times higher education reporter Richard Perez-Pena called it in his
news story on April 1, 2014 -- yes, April's Fools Day; go figure! --
is now mushrooming in the halls of academe as well, from Oxford to
Harvard, from Princeton to UCLA.

There are calls for papers. There are calls for action, too. Climate
change issues are just too important to ignore in the national discussions
taking place in political capitals around the world now. The Earth is
on fire. Our descents down the road need our help. Now. Time is
running out. And academics are answering the call - the calls for
papers and the calls for action.

It's about time.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

THE WRAP in Hollywood on THE CLIFFIES: a new awards show for cli fi movies

The Cli-Fi Movie Awards will launch online in early 2015 with ten categories, including best movie, best marketing campaign, and most in tune with current affairs. Dan Bloom explains the scoop
http://www.thewrap.com/hollywoods-climate-themed-movies-getting-own-awards-show-guest-blog/ LOS ANGELES -- Hollywood has a calendar full of movie and TV awards shows, from the Oscars to the Golden Globes, and with a dozen other awards on tap as well. There's even the Razzies — The Golden Raspberry Awards – for the worst movies in each year's hefty bag of cinema surprises. Now a curtain is about to open on a new movie awards event, this one called The Cliffies, and honoring the best climate-themed movies of the previous year. The Cli Fi Movie Awards, as the event is formally called, will shine a serious spotlight on important cli fi movies of the year. Dubbed ”the Cliffies,” to give the awards program a semi-goffy nickname as a PR shout out, the event will launch online in early 2015 with nominations in ten categories being sent in now by movie fans and climate activists worldwide. Also Google: ‘Cliffies’ Award to Honor Films About Climate Change and Global Warming (Guest Blog) So far, six cli fi films are up for best movie gongs, including ”Snowpiercer,” “Into the Storm” and “Noah.” Categories will also include ”best marketing campaign”, ”most in tune with current affairs” and ”most in tune with current climate science.” After creating and popularizing the rising new literary genre of “cli-fi” (novels about climate change and global warming) and bringing the meme into the pages of the New York Times, Time magazine and the Guardian in Britain, I decided to set up a new Hollywood film awards event for “cli-fi movies that matter.” Why movies? Because films have a large impact now worldwide, and the pressing issues of climate change and global warming are too important for Hollywood to ignore. Time magazine led the media charge in May with a three-page article about the new crop of cli fi movies, and when this summer's “Into the Storm” was released, reviewers and websites started referring to the movie as a “cli fi thriller” worth watching. That's when I realized that the cli fi term was catching on in Hollywood, and that's when I decided to set up the Cliffies. Also Google: ‘Cli Fi’ Rising to New Hollywood Heights The Cliffies will recognize and honor the best climate-themed movies of 2014, and so on for the next 100 years. Movies that best mirror current events as well as those that best mirror current climate science will be in the mix. Nominations are welcome now from film fans and the movie-going public, with the deadline for nominations set for December 31. [Send nominations and information queries to the administrative offices at bikolang@gmail.com ] The Cliffies will not be a glitz and glamor event but will instead focus public attention on climate themes and issues confronting America (and the entire world) at this point in human history. Andrew C. Revkin, a musician and songwriter who also runs the Dot Earth science blog at the New York Times website, has graciously offered to lend his song “Liberation Carbon Blues” as the theme music for the awards event and its website. In the running for top awards include movies from North America, South Korea and Australia. Actors such as Tilda Swinton, Chris Evans, Russell Crowe, Emma Watson and Matthew McConaughey will be honored as well, with nominations for sure and possible top prizes. Also Google : New York Times Rides Growing Wave of Climate Fiction Will the Cliffies, just getting off the ground now and set to launch officially in early 2015, have any impact on Hollywood studios and the movies they greenlight for future productions? That's the central mission of these awards: to serve as a wake up call and an alarm bell about climate issues in the center of the film capital of the world. Global warming is a world problem, and the Cliffies hope to bring the message home to Hollywood and Vine. Send those nominations in now.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Climate-themed movies getting own Hollywood awards show

From Agencies ======================================= Hollywood has a calendar full of movie and TV awards shows, from the Oscars to the Golden Globes, and with a dozen other awards on tap as well. There's even the Razzies -- The Golden Raspberry Awards -- for the worst movies in each year's hefty bag of cinema surprises.============================== Now a curtain is about to open on a new movie awards event, this one called The Cliffies, and honoring the best climate-themed movies of the previous year. The Cli Fi Movie Awards, as the event is formally called, will shine a serious spotlight on important cli fi movies of the year. Dubbed ''the Cliffies'' to give the awards program a semi-goffy nickname as a PR shout out, the event will launch online in early 2015 with nominations in ten categories being sent in now by movie fans and climate activists worldwide.========================== So far, six cli fi films are up for best movie gongs, including "Snowpiercer," "Into the Storm" and "Noah." Categories will also include ''best marketing campaign'', ''most in tune with current affairs'' and ''most in tune with current climate science.''======================= LINK============================ http://www.thewrap.com/cliffies-award-to-honor-films-about-climate-change-and-global-warming-guest-blog/========================= After creating and popularizing the rising new literary genre of "cli-fi" (novels about climate change and global warming) and bringing the meme into the pages of the New York Times, Time magazine and the Guardian in Britain, I decided to set up a new Hollywood film awards event for "cli-fi movies that matter."====================== Why movies? Because films have a large impact now worldwide, and the pressing issues of climate change and global warming are too important for Hollywood to ignore. Time magazine led the media charge in May with a three-page article about the new crop of cli fi movies, and when this summer's "Into the Storm" was released, reviewers and websites starting referring to the movie as a "cli fi thriller" worth watching. That's when I realized that the cli fi term was catching on in Hollywood, and that's when I decided to set up the Cliffies.=============================== The Cliffies will recognize and honor the best climate-themed movies of 2014, and so on for the next 100 years. Movies that best mirror current events as well as those that best mirror current climate science will be in the mix. Nominations are welcome now from film fans and the movie-going public, with the deadline for nominations set for December 31. [Send nominations and information queries to the adminstrative offices at bubbie.zadie@gmail.com] ========================================= The Cliffies will not be a glitz and glamor event but will instead focus public attention on climate themes and issues confronting America (and the entire world) at this point in human history. Andrew C. Revkin, a musician and songwriter who also runs the Dot Earth science blog at the New York Times website, has graciously offered to lend his song "Liberation Carbon Blues" as the theme music for the awards event and its website.=================================== In the running for top awards include movies from North America, South Korea and Australia. Actors such as Tilda Swindon, Chris Evans, Russell Crowe, Emma Watson and Matthew McConaughey will be honored as well with nominations for sure and possible top prizes as well.========================== Will the Cliffies, just getting off the ground now and set to launch officially in early 2015, have any impact on Hollywood studios and the movies they greenlight for future productions? That's the central mission of these awards: to serve as a wake up call and an alarm bell about climate issues in the center of the film capital of the world. Global warming is a world problem, and the Cliffies hope to bring the message home to Hollywood and Vine.================================== Send those nominations in now.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

CLI FI MANGA FROM FREIGHT BOOKS IN SCOTLAND

IDP: 2043 is a CLI FI graphic novel that brings together a dream-team of European artists and writers to imagine the UK in 30 years. ========================= The CLI FI MANGA is set in the year is 2043. ==================== http://www.freightbooks.co.uk/idp-2043.html ============================================================================(IDP short for internally displaced persons)-----------------Melting ice caps have caused sea levels to rise. Across the world populations have abandoned low-lying cities to create new sprawling townships on high ground. Scarce resources have created a vast social chasm. The rich have access to everything; technology, healthcare and power, while the poor have nothing. ============================Cait McNeil is a presenter on reality TV hit, Sky Farm. Filmed in a pioneering, hi-tech tower, she's the 'bit of rough' from the shanty towns that complements urbane co-presenters and Sky Farm residents, Danny and Jools. But something is wrong. The hybrid, genetically re-engineered livestock developed by Sky Farm’s scientists are going berserk. And someone has just brutally murdered Cait's boyfriend. Who is the mysterious Gartman and what are his plans for Cait? What are the secrets in Cait’s past that have placed her in mortal danger? ===================================In IDP: 2043 (IDP short for internally displaced persons) a stellar cast of British and European writers and artists have created a high-octane, white-knuckle ride of a thriller and a haunting vision of one possible future for us all. =============================Contributors: Celebrated French graphic novelist and illustrator Barroux, Costa Award winner Mary Talbot and artist Kate Charlesworth, ‘godfather of British comics’ and creator of 2000AD Pat Mills and graphic novelist Hannah Berry, enfant terrible of Scottish letters and author of Trainspotting Irvine Welsh and graphic artist Dan McDaid, graphic novelists Adam Murphy and Will Morris. =====================Story editor: crime writer and graphic novelist, Denise Mina. ===================='a very special comics collaboration' =================================Forbidden Planet International Publication date: 25th August 2014 Format: 232 x 168mm, hardback, 160pp ===================Book festival comic inspired by climate change IDP:2043 is an ambitious anthology in which well known comic creators imagine a Scotland transformed by climate change by BRIAN FERGUSON Updated on the18August 2014 01:49 Published 18/08/2014 01:05 Print this Set three decades in the future, it presents a bleak vision of a Scotland ravaged by the effects of climate change. A new comic book depicts how a catastrophic rise in sea levels leads to the creation of new communities on high ground – and the sinister manipulation of a changing society. The graphic novel, overseen by Scottish crime novelist Denise Mina, features artwork and stories by a host of the art form’s top writers and artists. The project has been instigated by the Edinburgh International Book Festival, where the book will be launched at two special events this weekend. Among those involved have been Trainspotting author
Irvine Welsh, 2000AD creator Pat Mills, artists Dan McDaid and Adam Murphy, French illustrator Stephane-Yves Barroux and graphic novelists Will Morris, Mary Talbot and Hannah Berry. Six stories, linked by an over-arching plot thread created by Glasgow-born Mina, centre on a sprawling new township which has been created in Scotland’s highest village, inspired by the real-life location of Wanlockhead, in Dumfriesshire, which is 1,531 feet above sea level. The comic strips, which differ vastly in style, revolve around Cait McNeil, presenter of a reality TV show filmed inside a “sky farm” which has been created inside a towering complex where a host of experiments are being pioneered. Themes of science, gender, race, social hierarchies and privilege are tackled in the book,
entitled IDP:2043 and named after the phrase “internally displaced person”. It was commissioned a year ago by the book festival as part of a major new strand celebrating graphic novels and comic books. Mina, who made her name with the Garnethill trilogy of novels, has worked on a number of comic and graphic novel projects in the past, including Hellblazer and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo for US publisher DC Comics. She told The Scotsman: “The original idea was a graphic novel looking ahead 30 years in the
future to tie in with the book festival’s 30th anniversary. “Climate change just seemed like a really obvious issue to tackle. I really wanted to get away from the whole debate over Scottish independence, as people don’t really seem to be talking about anything else at the moment. I wanted a much wider story. “It took a bit of time to find a structure that would work. I haven’t really liked the idea of collective books in the past. “I wanted to find a way of
allowing an action split that let the writers and artists create their own story. “I also wanted to make sure there was a lot of action in the book. “Although the same characters pop up throughout the book, the styles of the stories are all completely different. It was only when I saw them all together in the book that I got a sense that the project had really worked.” Nick Barley, the book festival’s director, said the images conjured up by the writers and artists who worked on the project were “nothing like the science fiction visions from the 1960s and 1970s”. He said: “Graphic novels are good at imagining the future. In fact, most of our classic images of tomorrow’s world – silver jumpsuits, flying cars and robotic gadgets – probably originated in graphic novels or comics. “In this book, the future looks a lot less shiny than it used to. Those enticing images from the past were driven by an underlying sense technology offered the prospect of real progress for the human race, if only we could keep scientific knowledge out of the hands of the baddies. “Today, it’s not quite clear who the baddies might be.” IDP:2043, published by Glasgow-based Freight Books, is launched at the book festival on Saturday.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

THE CLFFIES: a cli fi movie awards event starting in 2015: an interview with founding gadfly Dan Bloom

QUESTION: Dan, can you explain the purpose of THE CLIFFIES? Is it to raise the profile of the cli fi genre in Hollywood and among Hollywood players? Is that why you are putting on this annual event, starting in early 2015?

DAN BLOOM: Yes, the purpose of this annual CLI FI MOVIE AWARDS event -- dubbed by one punter as ''THE CLIFFIES'', as a semi-goofy nickname, in keeping with Brian Merchant's (VICE, MOTHERBOARD) characterization as the "cli fi" as ''a semi-goofy genre term'' -- and I like the playfulness of the punter's nickname! -- yes, the purpose is to raise the profile on cli fi genre in Hollywood and among Hollywood players, from producers to directors to scriptwriters to PR units.

QUESTION: THE CLIFFIES top winners will be announced a week before the OSCARS telecast? What is the reasoning behind that? 

DAN BLOOM: To get some good PR for the CLIFFIES event and the winner's list.

QUESTION: Who is sponsoring THE CLIFFIES? [ME!] Where is the money coming from to put the show on? [ME!] Will it be telecast or live-tweeted or just announced online? [BOTH!]

QUESTION: Where are the nominations for THE CLIFFIES coming in from? [FROM FANS AND MOVIE CRITICS AND ANYONE!] And who will decide on the list of winners? [A JURY]

QUESTION: Cli fi is a new genre, so new that most people have not heard of it. Are you worried that by calling your film awards event THE CLIFFIES -- a semi-goofy nickname, to say the least! -- the official name of the CLI FI MOVIE AWARDS might get lost in the shuffle between social media and print media?

DAN BLOOM: Not worried at all. THE CLIFFIES will rise to the occasion!

QUESTION: What was the inspiration for your wanting to set up THE CLIFFIES?

DAN BLOOM: My previous PR work on boosting the media profile of the cli fi genre term in the pages of the New York Times, the Guardian and the FT, NPR and TIME magazine. First I focused on the book world for cli fi novels. The idea took off. Now I am focusing on the film world. It's an extention of the same thing: to raise public awareness of climate issues in novels and movies.

QUESTION: Are THE CLIFFIES more of an educational, awareness-raising awards event than a glitzy glamor Hollywood celebrity VIP thing? In other words, who are you trying to reach and is this more of a PR event than a real film awards event?

DAN BLOOM: THE CLIFFIES are an educational, awareness-raising awards event and not a glitzy glamor Hollywood celebrity VIP thing. You got it!  In other words, I am trying to reach the public with a wake up call on climate issues and, yes, this more of a PR event than a real film awards event.

QUESTION: As THE CLIFFIES grow year by year, do you envision a time when the awards ceremony will be hosted at a Hollywood venue, complete with professional MC and a few celebrity guests?

DAN BLOOM: YES! 

QUESTION: If the CLIFFIES become popular inside Hollywood and worldwide as well via social media, can you imagine the day when an OSCARS award winner acceptance speech calls his or her movie a cli fi movie and uses the word CLI FI on air for all the world to hear?

DAN BLOOM: YES!

QUESTION: How long do you envision THE CLIFFIES lasting? [100 years!] Is this a one-time thing or do you see it lasting 50 years, 100 years?

QUESTION: Lois Lowry, author of THE GIVER novel in 1993 that became a movie in 2014 was recently asked by a reporter for USA TODAY why so many Hollywood futures appear to be dystopian, as in her book and movie. She replied: "That's a good question. Maybe in dramatic terms, utopia is boring." Do you agree with her?

DAN BLOOM: Yes, I like that quote.But I also like utopian movies about climate change, too. I am above all an optimist. I am not into doom or gloom, even though I am a Bloom!

QUESTION: Anything else you want to say about THE CLIFFIES and how you hope it might impact Hollywood movies in future years, given that movies often take years and year to get greenlighted and we might not see too many cli fi movies in Hollywood for another 25 years or so?

DAN BLOOM: All sytems go, full speed ahead.

QUESTION: Is the CLIFFIES a beginning? [YES!] Are you trying to sound the alarm about climate change issues in cinema?  [YES!] Are you issuing a wake up call to movie critics and PR units and marketing people inside Hollywood?  [YES!] [YES!] [YES!] [YES!] [YES!] [YES!] [YES!]

QUESTION: HOW CAN PEOPLE SEND IN THEIR NOMINATIONS FOR BEST CLI FI MOVIES OF 2014, re best director, best movie, best dialog lines, etc etc?

DAN BLOOM: Nominations are being accepted now until December 31. Send them to the comments section here, or to danbloom@gmail.com  *******{all emails will be treated as confidential and private, unless writers wish to make their names and nominations public under their own names/]