Saturday, November 1, 2014

''THE CLIFFIES'' 2014 - Cli Fi Movie Awards -- Winners List -- Awards Program Tagline "Can Cli Fi Movies Save the Planet?"


UPDATE: The annual Cli Fi Movie Awards has launched worldwide with the 2014 winners listed below. The list will go public with major media headlines on February 15, 2015, a week before the Oscars. But the soft rollout here now is the real thing. SPREAD THE WORD!

There are now enough cli-fi films being made that we are curating an Oscars-type award  to honor and draw attention to the top movies in the genre. By top movies, we mean “most engaging and meaningful” as cli-fi cinema.

about glitz or glamour or movie stars. They are about the very future  of our planet. Hollywood has a big role to play and indie movies, too.  

AWARD ''STATUETTE'' PHOTO:

AMONG THE FINALISTS THIS YEAR WERE: [hat tip to you know who  for partial movie summaries...and thanks!]

SNOWPIERCER 

This innovative cli fi film by South Korean director Bong Joon-ho is based on a French graphic novel; it takes place entirely on a long, long train. When an experiment to forestall global warming goes horribly wrong, it creates a modern-day Ice Age. With the Earth frozen over, the last remaining human inhabitants are congregated aboard the Snowpiercer, a perpetual-motion train that travels the global wasteland smashing through ice and snow. Stars include Chris Evans, Ed Harris, Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer.

INTO THE STORM 

School buses, barns and airplanes are sent spinning into oblivion when an onslaught of tornadoes touches down. Special effects are skillfully wrought, scary and exciting. As a meteorologist in this summer of 2014 cli fi movie  put it, nothing has been quite the same since Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy. “While the words “climate change” are never uttered — most likely for fear of turning off non-believers and limiting box office potential — the concept hangs over the movie like the darkest of clouds,” the USA TODAY movie critic Claudia Puig noted.

NOAH

Darren Aronofsky’s  visually mesmerizing cli fi saga based on the ancient and mythical Hebrew scriptures. Genesis was not a true story nor is this movie, but as a cli fi drama, there is a strong wake up call to viewers to pay more attention to what we are doing to the Earth. Starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins.

THE ROVER 

From Australia, director David Michôd’s crime drama features a hardened loner who pursues the men who stole his only possession, across a drought-plagued landscape 10 years after a global economic collapse. Climate changte and man-mad globarl warming are not front and center but they are in the background, if you pay attention. Starring Guy Pierce and Robert Pattinson.

YOUNG ONES

Jake Paltrow’s cli fi story about a teenage boy who sets out to protect his family is set in a future where water is hard to find. Filmed in a very dry region of South Africa. Starring Nicholas Hoult, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Michael Shannon and Elle Fanning.


INTERSTELLAR -- (''HUMOR note'': ONLY THE FIRST THIRD OF THE MOVIE WAS NOMINATED IN THE ''CLI FI'' CATEGORY, alas)

Christopher Nolan’s mesmerizing space cowboy epic could have been a powerful cli fi movie if only it had just focused on the first third of the story, the first act, so to speak. So only the first third of the movie was nominated for the best cli fi movie of the year (2014). Can we do that? Starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine.

COMMENTS?  EMAIL US AT :

  THECLIFFIES2015@GMAIL.COM

THE CLIFFIES THEME SONG FOR 2014 PRESENTATION:

"LIBERATED CARBON" -- a song written and composed by New York state musician Andy Revkin -- and a longtime friend and student of Pete Seeger -- is to be the ''theme music'' song of THE CLIFFIES -- the cli fi movie awards program -- on February 22, 2014 - [PREVIEW HERE]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzZ_M4rnD48

Note: upon request, Andy kindly and generously donated the song to the movie awards event. Here is his song. Perfect music for THE CLIFFIES. Listen to it while you are reading this page!

NEWS LINK TO CLIFFIES BACKSTORY"
http://korgw101.blogspot.tw/2014/08/cliffies-will-award-climate-change.html

FINE PRINT: The Cli Fi Movie Awards are made possible by a generous grant from the Bernie Bloom Never Give Up Foundation (Avenue J, Brooklyn).
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BEST CLI FI MOVIE OF THE YEAR (winners in red below)
This category is for the cli fi movie that was the most engaging and meaningful and released in 2014.

FINALISTS IN THE RUNNING FOR A CLIFFIE IN THIS CATEGORY

BEST ACTOR IN A CLI FI MOVIE IN 2014


FINALISTS IN THE RUNNING FOR A CLIFFIE IN THIS CATEGORY
  • NOAH                      USA
  • INTO THE STORM    USA
  • INTERSTELLAR        USA
  • YOUNG ONES        USA-SOUTH AFRICA-IRELAND
  • ROBERT PATTINSON IN THE ROVER             AUSTRAILA
  • SNOWPIERCER    SOUTH KOREA

BEST ACTRESS IN A CLI FI MOVIE in 2014

FINALISTS IN THE RUNNING FOR A CLIFFIE IN THIS CATEGORY

  • NOAH                      USA
  • INTO THE STORM     USA
  • INTERSTELLAR        USA
  • USA/SOUTH      AFRICA/IRELAND
  • THE ROVER         AUSTRAILA
  • TILDA SWINTON IN SNOWPIERCER      SOUTH KOREA

BEST DIRECTOR OF A CLI FI MOVIE IN 2014

FINALISTS IN THE RUNNING FOR A CLIFFIE IN THIS CATEGORY

  • DARREN ARONOSKY -  NOAH    USA
  •  INTO THE STORM         USA
  • INTERSTELLAR          USA
  • YOUNG ONES           USA/SOUTH AFRICA/IRELAND
  • THE ROVER              USTRAILA
  • SNOWPIERCER                   OUTH KOREA

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A CLI FI MOVIE IN 2014

FINALISTS IN THE RUNNING FOR A CLIFFIE IN THIS CATEGORY

  • NOAH                      USA
  • INTO THE STORM    USA
  • INTERSTELLAR     USA
  • YOUNG ONES      USA/SOUTH AFRICA/IRELAND
  • THE ROVER      AUSTRAILA
  • ED HARRIS  IN SNOWPIERCER    SOUTH KOREA

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A CLI FI MOVIE IN 2014

FINALISTS IN THE RUNNING FOR A CLIFFIE IN THIS CATEGORY

  • NOAH                      USA
  • INTO THE STORM      USA
  • NTERSTELLAR      USA
  • ELLE FANNING in YOUNG ONES    USA-IRELAND-SOUTH AFRICA   
  • THE ROVER             AUSTRALIA 
  • SNOW PIERCER       SOUTH KOREA

BEST CLI FI MOVIE OF 2014 THAT MOST CLOSELY MIRRORED CURRENT CLIMATE SCIENCE ISSUES

FINALISTS IN THE RUNNING FOR A CLIFFIE IN THIS CATEGORY

  • NOAH                      USA
  • INTO THE STORM     USA
  • INTERSTELLAR    INTERSTELLAR USA
  • YOUNG ONES                   USA/SOUTH AFRICA/IRELAND
  • THE ROVER            AUSTRALIA 
  • SNOWPIERCER            SOUTH KOREA

BEST PR CAMPAIGN CONDUCTED BY A STUDIO MARKETING DEPARTMENT FOR A CLI FI MOVIE IN 2014

FINALISTS IN THE RUNNING FOR A CLIFFIE IN THIS CATEGORY

  • NOAH                      USA
  • INTO THE STORM     USA
  • INTERSTELLAR USA
  • YOUNG ONES      USA/SOUTH AFRICA/IRELAND
  • THE ROVER                AUSTRALIA
  • SNOWPIERCER      SOUTH KOREA

CLI FI MOVIE THAT  SPOKE MOST FORCEFULLY TO THE PUBLIC 

FINALISTS IN THE RUNNING FOR A CLIFFIE IN THIS CATEGORY

  • NOAH                      USA
  • INTO THE STORM    USA
  • INTERSTELLAR      USA
  • YOUNG ONES      USA/SOUTH AFRICA/IRELAND
  • THE ROVER     AUSTRALIA 
  • SNOWPIECER      SOUTH KOREA

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

FINALISTS IN THE RUNNING FOR A CLIFFIE IN THIS CATEGORY

  • NOAH  - Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel    USA
  •  INTO THE STORM       USA
  • INTERSTELLAR       USA
  • YOUNG ONES      USA/SOUTH AFRICA/IRELAND
  • THE ROVER      AUSTRALIA
  • SNOWPIERCER     SOUTH KOREA

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

FINALISTS IN THE RUNNING FOR A CLIFFIE IN THIS CATEGORY

  • NOAH                      USA
  • INTO THE STORM      USA
  • NTERSTELLAR        USA
  • YOUNG ONES      USA/SOUTH AFRICA/IRELAND
  • THE ROVER     AUSTRALIA
  • SNOWPIERCER - Joon-ho Bong and Kelly Masterson        SOUTH KOREA-USA
BEST NEW DIRECTOR OF A CLI FI MOVIE IN 2014

FINALIST FOR A CLIFFIE IN THIS CATEGORY
  • JAKE PALTROW for  YOUNG ONES      USA/SOUTH AFRICA/IRELAND


SPECIAL INTERNATIONAL MENTION: BEST CLI-FI ANIMATED SERIES FOR CHILDREN
This category recognizes achievement in the use of animation to convey engaging climate-themed stories and information. 

  • WEATHER BOY! (觀測站少年) - director Chiu Li-wei (邱立偉) - TAIWAN
AND.... (drum roll):

*** VERY SPECIAL MENTIONS: BEST MEDIA COVERAGE OF THE 'CLI-FI' MEME AS A ''CULTURAL PRISM'' IN 2014
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THE NEW YORK TIMES, TIME MAGAZINE, THE HUFFINGTON POST, GRIST, USA TODAY, MORPHIZM, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, THE WRAP

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FINE PRINT: The Cli Fi Movie Awards are made possible by a generous grant from the Bernie Bloom Never Give Up Foundation (Avenue J, Brooklyn).

(c) 2014, 2015 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. REPRINTING ANY OF THIS MATERIAL IS STRICTLY PERMITTED!


Twitter Hashtag #clifi (hat tip to PR maven in London Lisa Devaney for the idea!)


NOTE: The Cliffies are also about taking action -- in personal, determined ways, both as individuals and as members of action groups -- to stop climate change and global warming on this Earth of ours before it's ....too late! The Cliffies are not about glitz or glamour or movie stars. They are about the very future of our planet. Hollywood has a big role to play and Indie movies too. In the end, this rolling online awards program  is a wake-up call.  [*** (''hat tip'' to UN economist Claude Nougat in Rome, Italy for the update]

18 comments:

  1. Dan Bloom has done it again. Once again he is breaking new ground with superb ideas and protean effort. Congratulations, Dan.

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  2. Thanks Dr Salmony for your kind words. Let's see what this effort brings..... -- dan

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  3. ADAM in NYC says ''Hard to beat a movie title name like 'Snowpiercer'.........and with Tilda Swinton no less.......

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  4. 2089 views as per Monday Nov. 3 at 8 am !!!

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  5. ROB VENCE COMO MELHOR ATOR NO CLI FI MOVIE AWARDS 2014!! [ATUALIZADO]


    Vencedor de melhor ator em filme de CLI FI em 2014: Robert Pattinson como Rey em The Rover.

    O ator britânico Robert Pattinson levou o premio de melhor ator pelo seu desempenho em The Rover no Cli fi Movie Awards 2014. A proposta desta premiação é de certa forma, chamar a atenção dos membros que compõe a Academia de Cinema (Oscar) para determinados tipos de filmes que tem a preocupação com o futuro do nosso planeta, bem como os filmes indie que apostam neste tema.




    Como um gênero emergente de Hollywood "Cli Fi" continua a capturar a imaginação do mundo, o prêmio anual de Fli de Cli - também conhecido como o CLIFFIES - homenageia e reconhece o mais importante filme do ano no Cli Fi numa base anual.

    O Cli fi ou ‘Cliffies’ como é chamado, é uma premiação que foi criada pelo ativista Danny Bloom para homenagear filmes que fazem as pessoas pensarem sobre as questões climáticas, tanto a favor quanto contra o aquecimento global. Vale lembrar que a premiação é independente, não tendo nenhuma conexão com os estúdios de Hollywood.

    Robert concorria na categoria de Melhor Ator, e saiu vitorioso. The Rover estava ainda na disputa pelos premios de: Melhor Filme do Ano, Melhor Diretor, Melhor Roteiro, Climate Science Issues, Melhor Campanha por Estudio Marketing e Forcefully to the Public. Infelizmente o filme não ganhou nenhum deles.

    A premiação será realizada no dia 15 de Janeiro de 2015. Robert ainda não tem presença confirmada para o evento.

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  6. We are writing from JAPAN

    Hello


    We saw the CLI FI MOVIE AWARDS website.
    We did not know that there is such a variety of CLI FI movies already.
    We do hope that your idea, the CLI FI awards event, will be a good wake-up call as you mention.
    In Japan, we think that nobody knows even the term "CLI FI" yet...

    Satoru and Mitsuko

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  7. TELREAD

    http://www.teleread.com/cli-fi/darren-aronofsky-bags-best-screenplay-cli-fi-awards-cliffies/

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  8. THE WRAP

    http://www.thewrap.com/darren-aronofsky-bags-best-screenplay-director-nods-at-cli-fi-awards/

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  9. Sir, don't die before Clifies becomes an Oscars award.

    I am not sure how the awards are selected and given now. Perhaps you can consider using internet voting. Ask your students to set up a clifi website for you, which is pretty inexpensive. Every year you would invite people to nominate cli fi movies and then vote for it. Perhaps you are already doing it.

    Just a thought!

    STAN YANG, California, born in Taiwan

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  10. BREAKING: @DarrenAronofsky will be Jury President of #Berlinale2015! (Photo: Niko Tavernise)

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  11. ''INTERSTELLAR'' searches deep space, and finds deep [CLIMATE] divisions on Earth -- http://northwardho.blogspot.tw/2014/11/interstellar-searches-deep-space-and.html #clifi #climatefutures

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  12. Community Discussion: Does Hollywood get climate change?

    2014 saw Hollywood stepping up its climate game. Is it succeeding?














    Topics: Video, sustainability, sustainability news, Climate Change, Global Warming, Movies, Barbra Streisand, James Inhofe, Entertainment, Sustainability News




    Earlier this week liberal icon Barbra Streisand was stunningly revealed as the nefarious mastermind behind the whole “global warming” thing, along with several other members of the mysterious cabal known as the “Hollywood Elite.” The whistleblower was none other than future chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, James Inhofe. Streisand denied the charges, saying, “I thank Senator Inhofe for singling me out as a voice against the perils of climate change! But I’m just a small part of millions of voices, who are informed and alarmed, including 97% of all climate scientists!” (But she would say that, wouldn’t she?)


    All sarcasm aside, Streisand is hardly the only celebrity who takes a public stand in favor of science and action on climate change. Hollywood in general however has often struggled to depict climate change in a way that is realistic or relatable. Streisand herself has never starred in a film about climate change, something she appears to share with the majority of her peers. In his review of Interstellar, “Good Space Film, Bad Climate-Change Parable”, The Atlantic’s Noah Gittell bemoaned Hollywood’s apparent ease at handling any number of difficult and controversial issues but “has yet to adequately address the issue of climate change.”

    Could this be changing? 2014 was something a bumper year for climate change fiction (or “cli fi”) in Hollywood. They even received their own awards, the “Cliffies”, courtesy of film critic Dan Bloom. In its charmingly low-fi debut year, the nominees for Best Cli Fi Movie of the Year included The Young Ones and The Rover, two films with climate change inspired plots set in near-futures on the edge of environmental and political collapse.

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    Tornado disaster flick Into the Storm got a nod, even though “the words ‘climate change’ are never uttered — most likely for fear of turning off non-believers and limiting box office potential.”



    Also on the list were the blockbusters Noah, Godzilla, and “the first third” of Interstellar (that is to say, the bit that takes place on Earth.) The big award went to Snowpiercer, set in a world where geo-engineering intended to counteract climate change has instead produced a new ice age. Salon’s Andrew O’Hehir praised, “its final and tragic understanding that if we are ever to escape our train of planetary destruction, our delusional consumer paradise built on the suffering of many, the price will be more than most of us are willing to pay.” A sober and serious message if ever there was one.

    Does this list give you hope that the film industry is beginning to engage seriously with climate change? Or does it look like we’re stuck with overblown and unrealistic depictions? Do these help by raising awareness among the public of the problem of climate change, or do they risk creating confusion or spreading false impressions?

    Take our poll, and in the comments share with us your own favorite cli-fi movies, books or other media. Post trailers and clips if you have them. Share the good and the bad; we want to see howlers as well as gems.

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  13. SALON.com did a very good post on Dec. 5 at www.salon.com by SALON STAFF no single byline given:

    Community Discussion: Does Hollywood get climate change?

    2014 saw Hollywood stepping up its climate game. Is it succeeding? VIDEO
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    Topics: Video, sustainability, sustainability news, Climate Change, Global Warming, Movies, Barbra Streisand, James Inhofe, Entertainment, Sustainability News

    (Credit: Larry via Flickr)


    Earlier this week liberal icon Barbra Streisand was stunningly revealed as the nefarious mastermind behind the whole “global warming” thing, along with several other members of the mysterious cabal known as the “Hollywood Elite.” The whistleblower was none other than future chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, James Inhofe. Streisand denied the charges, saying, “I thank Senator Inhofe for singling me out as a voice against the perils of climate change! But I’m just a small part of millions of voices, who are informed and alarmed, including 97% of all climate scientists!” (But she would say that, wouldn’t she?)


    All sarcasm aside, Streisand is hardly the only celebrity who takes a public stand in favor of science and action on climate change. Hollywood in general however has often struggled to depict climate change in a way that is realistic or relatable. Streisand herself has never starred in a film about climate change, something she appears to share with the majority of her peers. In his review of Interstellar, “Good Space Film, Bad Climate-Change Parable”, The Atlantic’s Noah Gittell bemoaned Hollywood’s apparent ease at handling any number of difficult and controversial issues but “has yet to adequately address the issue of climate change.”

    Could this be changing? 2014 was something a bumper year for climate change fiction (or “cli fi”) in Hollywood. They even received their own awards, the “Cliffies”, courtesy of film critic Dan Bloom. In its charmingly low-fi debut year, the nominees for Best Cli Fi Movie of the Year included The Young Ones and The Rover, two films with climate change inspired plots set in near-futures on the edge of environmental and political collapse.

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    advertisement




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    Tornado disaster flick Into the Storm got a nod, even though “the words ‘climate change’ are never uttered — most likely for fear of turning off non-believers and limiting box office potential.”



    Also on the list were the blockbusters Noah, Godzilla, and “the first third” of Interstellar (that is to say, the bit that takes place on Earth.) The big award went to Snowpiercer, set in a world where geo-engineering intended to counteract climate change has instead produced a new ice age. Salon’s Andrew O’Hehir praised, “its final and tragic understanding that if we are ever to escape our train of planetary destruction, our delusional consumer paradise built on the suffering of many, the price will be more than most of us are willing to pay.” A sober and serious message if ever there was one.

    Does this list give you hope that the film industry is beginning to engage seriously with climate change? Or does it look like we’re stuck with overblown and unrealistic depictions? Do these help by raising awareness among the public of the problem of climate change, or do they risk creating confusion or spreading false impressions?

    Take our poll, and in the comments share with us your own favorite cli-fi movies, books or other media. Post trailers and clips if you have them. Share the good and the bad; we want to see howlers as well as gems.

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  14. richel martin said - ''Thanks for sharing the whole information about “Cli Fi Movie Awards”. I am glad that anne hathaway movies list is there in your award ceremony and she won huge awards.''

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  15. 科學幻想到氣候幻想 (sci-fi to cli-fi)

    2015/01/15


    文 / 林素純

    《星際大戰》、《星際迷航記》、《回到未來》、《E.T外星人》、《異形》,這些堪稱經典的科幻電影,想必是許多「科幻迷」的收藏之一。科幻電影迷人之處,除了演員精湛演技外,更重要的是它擦掉了真實世界與可能世界的界線,把身處真實世界的觀眾帶進一個真實與虛幻重疊的境地。

    近年電影技術一再翻新,科幻電影對於可能世界的模擬更趨真實,連帶也引發一些與電影情境有關的思考與討論。例如《駭客任務》中『母體』對於個人存在的掌控,而使得一些人對於自我的真實性(「我」真的存在嗎?)有所思索。《阿凡達》裡人類對於異族生存環境的侵略,讓人們再一次面對商業開發與自然環境潛在競爭關係;《露西》揭露人類智能的可能性,引起知識與心靈哲學問題的討論。

    然而,隨著電影題材的多樣化,科幻電影不再只是以太空、時間、外星生物為描述對象,也把與人類生存習習相關的氣候與環境題材融入電影,透過動畫技術,擬真描摹因為氣候變遷、全球暖化或生存環境被破壞而出現的可能世界,例如《明天過後》被冰雪覆蓋的北半球、《末日預言》因太陽耀斑造成全球性的可能災難、《2012》裡因為自然災害而即將毀滅的世界、去年才上映的《星際效應》以地球環境惡化、乾旱、蟲害、糧食短缺、沙塵暴侵襲,已不再適合人類生存背景,延伸出一系列太空逃難計劃。


    (Photo: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/Flickr CC/goo.gl/Lw4qdK)


    Dan Bloom 丹布隆表示:「我們需要超越抽象的科學預測以及政府的統計數據,試著透過電影或文學擬真,呈現氣候變遷對未來帶來的痛苦。」

    這一類以氣候變遷、全球暖化、生存環境遭破壞為題材的電影,雖然呈現手法仍帶科幻電影骨架,同樣有意把觀眾帶進一個真實與虛幻重疊的境地,但與科幻電影不同的是,這個想像中的境地不但無法讓人滿足科學奇想的樂趣,而且充斥著災難與驚恐。這類電影如果也能引發一些思考,那麼就是如何避免讓賴以生存的地球走向不可挽救的地步。

    這類以科幻電影為骨架,以氣候變遷、全球暖化為血肉的電影,從2008年起已有一個獨立的名字:「cli-fi」。定居台灣的美國人 Dan Bloom 以科幻電影(science fiction)的英文簡寫「sci-fi」為對照,把這類以氣候環境為題材的想像電影(climate fiction)稱為「cli-fi」。

    由於 Dan Bloom 的介紹與推動,「cli-fi」在好萊塢已不是陌生名詞及電影類型。值得一提的是,好萊塢已從去年(2014)開始,將 cli-fi 電影從科幻電影獨立出來,設置獨立的「cli-fi」電影奬,這過程可看得到 Dan Bloom 的努力。

    不過,即使「cli-fi」與其電影奬的產出地在台灣,大部分國人尚不知這類型的電影已有這麼一個獨立名稱。Dan Bloom 熱衷於 cli-fi 電影,是出自於身為地球一份子的使命感,他說:「我們需要超越抽象的科學預測以及政府的統計數據,試著透過電影或文學擬真,呈現氣候變遷對未來帶來的痛苦。」


    •本文作者為國立中正大學哲學博士候選人。
    •本文為作者個人言論,不代表公共電視立場。

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