That's a good sign, and as Professor Joe Huemann in Illinois said after reading the article: ''When the Washington Times does a positive story on cli-fi movies, you know that the Earth is in serious serious trouble." (Paraphrasing).
The reporter's lead sentence, called a lede in the new business, was perfect: ''Disney’s “Tomorrowland” may be bombing at the box office, but on the plus side, it could win a Cliffie.''
What are the CLIFFIES? see BELOW:
Nice way to start off a very good story!
THE HEADLINE was perfect:
George Clooney’s ‘Tomorrowland’ bombs at box office as Hollywood pushes 'cli-fi'
The Washington Times noted: "Even though the bad guy in "The Kingsman" is a "climate alarmist/eco-terrorist," the film is also in the running for a Cli-Fi movie award because it deals with climate fiction, said the journalist who started the Cliffies two years ago.'' The paper was referring to the Cli Fi Movie Awards, now in its second year, having started off as an aannual online event in 2014, with news reports from USA TODAY, the Associated Press and in the New York Times. Now the Washington Times has added to the popularity of the Cliffies, although the awards program still remains a quiet and mostly invisivle online event. Give it ten to 20 years, these things take time. And when a major sponsor or university comes forward to run and host the Cliffies as an annual event in Los Angeles or New York or Chicago or Boston, then watch what happens. This story has legs. The Cliffies have a long time span and reach forward over the next 100 years.
Why ao many cli fi movies now in Hollywood, the newspaper asked?
"Climate change issues are just in the air," one source was quoted as saying. "I think the newspapers every day are filled with climate issues, pro and con. It's just in the culture, and of course directors and producers are just picking up on this in some way."
He added, when asked why he thought the cli fi movie genre was gaining ground in hollywood and in literature, too as more and more cli fi novels are published each year: “Climate change issues are just in the air. I think the newspapers every day are filled with climate issues, pro and con. It’s just in the culture, and of course directors and producers are just picking up on this in some way.”
The Cliffie awards, the newspaper explained, go to films that exemplify “cli-fi,” or climate fiction, an emerging genre heating up this year as climate change themes seep from documentaries into big-budget Hollywood features, noting that
that means cli-fi films such as “Tomorrowland,” which has tanked despite an A-list director in Brad Bird and huge star in George Clooney, could be just the tip of the iceberg.
My PR pal Marc Morano, over at Climate Depot, gave a very qood quote too, noting: “The narrative for Hollywood is that global warming is a growing crisis, and it’s now set to permeate more and more of the pop culture. I’ve noticed that even in TV shows, there have been mentions of global warming.”
One source said that based on his informal research that he traced the evolution of climate change films to the granddaddy of them all, “The Day After Tomorrow” in 2004, followed by a series of cli-fi documentaries such as “An Inconvenient Truth” in 2006, “Gasland” in 2010 and “Chasing Ice” in 2012.
“The first step was documentaries,” the source said. “But documentaries are facts, and because it’s such a contentious issue, people just end up debating pro and con based on ideology.”
On the other hand, “fiction hits people in an emotional way. Maybe documentaries paved the way, but documentaries can’t change the conversation very much because people take sides. Maybe Hollywood directors and screenwriters are thinking, ‘Maybe we can reach people with emotions,’ and maybe that’s what we’re seeing now.”
He added, “And I think we’re going to see a lot more in the next 10 years.”
Scheduled for release later this year is the cli fi movie titled “Chloe and Theo,” starring Dakota Johnson as a “young, homeless girl from New York who befriends an Inuit man, Theo Ikummaq (played by himself).”
“Ikummaq has been sent to New York by his elders on a quest to convince leaders at the United Nations that climate change is real before his home literally melts away,” according to an April 16 article from Brittany Patterson (@amusedbrit) at the ClimateWire on E&E Publishing.
There is evidence that climate change movies can sway public opinion, Valerie Richardson reported. In a 2009 study by Anthony A. Leiserowitz, about 49.01 percent of those surveyed said they were somewhat or much more worried about global warming after seeing “The Day After Tomorrow,” even though the film is set in a massive ice age.
“The Day After Tomorrow'' had a significant impact on the climate change risk perceptions, conceptual models, behavioral intentions, policy priorities, and even voting intentions of moviegoers,” said his study, which was published in the Yale School of Forestry & Environment publication Environment.
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It’s no secret that Hollywood is controlled and run by liberal, socialist Jewish people, according to those who dislike liberal open-minded Jews who care about a wide variety of social issues ever since Moses came down from the mountain top and handed the Ten Commanders over to his flock of Pharaoh-bashers and who often vote Democratic in national and local elections thus gaining animosity from antisemites all over the place, many of them on the right side of the aisles.
and Mr. Morano
One source told the Times that he expects to see more movies stoking alarm over climate change in the next 18 months as the next USA presidential election nears.
So there you have it: When the Washington Times speaks, the world listens. The Cliffies have arrived, and this year's Cliffies have been awarded for 2015 to a very important cli fi movie from the Philippines titled ''TAKLUB'' and directed by Brillante Mendoza and starring Nora Auron. For more information about the CLIFFIES awards and last year's winners and nominees for 2014, please go to korgw101.blogspot.com
TAKLUB wins 2015 Cliffies awards: SEE LINK BELOW:
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