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Film & everyday eco-disasters

Author: Robin L Murray; Joseph K Heumann
Publisher: Lincoln ; London : University of Nebraska Press, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Eco-disasters such as coal-mining accidents, oil spills, and food-borne diseases appear regularly in the news, making them seem nearly commonplace. These ecological crises highlight the continual tensions between human needs and the environmental impact these needs produce. Contemporary documentaries and feature films explore environmental-human conflicts by depicting the consequences of our overconsumption and  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robin L Murray; Joseph K Heumann
ISBN: 9780803248748 0803248741
OCLC Number: 861955753
Description: xxiii, 216 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: cinematic ecodisasters and our basic human needs --
Human approaches to the ecology of air, water, and clothing. At the boiling point: the aesthetics of atmospheric pollution and climate change in documentary and feature films --
James Bond and water wars in contemporary film: a new ecowarrior? --
Ready to wear? from fashion to environmental justice --
Ecodocumentaries and the rhetoric of food production. Contemporary ecofood films: the documentary tradition --
Flipper? We're eating Flipper? documenting animals rights and environmental ethics at sea --
Negative externalities of housing and energy industries --
Give me shelter: the ecology of homes and homelessness --
Activism in mountaintop removal films: turn off the lights for sustainability --
The search for the "golden shrimp": the myth of interdependence in oil drilling films --
Conclusion: can the film industry and the environmental movement mix?
Responsibility: Robin L. Murray and Joseph K. Heumann.

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