This second volume builds on the initial groundwork laid by Ecocinema Theory and Practice by examining the ways in which ecocritical cinema studies have matured and proliferated over the last decade, opening whole new areas of study and research.
Featuring fourteen new essays organized into three sections around the themes of cinematic materialities, discourses, and communities, the volume explores a variety of topics within ecocinema studies from examining specific national and indigenous film contexts to discussing ecojustice, environmental production studies, film festivals, and political ecology. The breadth of the contributions exemplifies how ecocinema scholars worldwide have sought to overcome the historical legacy of binary thinking and intellectual norms and are working to champion new ecocritical, intersectional, decolonial, queer, feminist, Indigenous, vitalist, and other emergent theories and cinematic practices. The collection also demonstrates the unique ways that cinema studies scholarship is actively addressing environmental injustice and the climate crisis.
This book is an invaluable resource for students and scholars of ecocritical film and media studies, production studies, cultural studies, and environmental studies.
The Open Access version of this book, available at www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.
Introduction: Cut to green: tracking the growth of ecocinema studies
Stephen Rust, Salma Monani, and Seán Cubitt
1. Unsustainable cinema: global supply chains
2. Greening Mexican cinema
3. Energy and exhaustion in a coal melodrama: Kaala Patthar (1979)
4. The sustainable audiovisual industry in Catalonia seen through the Green Shooting initiative
Marta Lopera-Mármol & Manel Jiménez-Morales
5. Extraction and wild cinema in Africa
6. Polytemporality in the slow ecocinema of Lav Diaz: an installation in a trauma field
7. Exploring SF ecocinema: gender, infrastructure, and US/China dynamics in Interstellar and The Wandering Earth
Andrew Hageman and Regina Kanyu Wang
8. Keaton’s chimera, or the comic assemblage of mountains
9. The matrix of ecomedia: fan worlds as environments
10. Indigenous cosmologies and communities: the digital art of Johnathan Thunder and Missy Whiteman
11. Of toxic dust and sad places: ecochronicity and debility in Julio Hernández Cordón’s Polvo (Dust, 2012)
12. Indigenous post-apocalyptic filmmaking at Standing Rock
13. Blurry streams: the pandemic film festival
14. Seeing locally, expressing globally: participatory filmmaking and aesthetics
Afterword: The sequel-effect
"Expanding the focus of the groundbreaking first volume and bringing together a diverse group of contributors, Ecocinema Theory and Practice 2 explores new practices, materialities, and discourses in emerging ecocinema communities. It is an indispensable resource for students and scholars of environmental film and filmmaking."
Alexa Weik von Mossner, Associate Professor of American Studies, University of Klagenfurt, Austria
"This wonderful sequel explores not only the toxicity of the petrofuelled ecocrisis but opens up to discuss broader changes in visual culture. The global – yet so skillfully situated – case studies offer much delight and insight to anyone interested in how moving images help to understand planetary change and justice."
Jussi Parikka, Professor in Digital Aesthetics and Culture, Aarhus University, Denmark and FAMU (Prague), Czech Republic