Tuesday, November 26, 2019

We're launching a "10-year Hollywood Cli-Fi movies initiative" to get the "cli-fi" term into the ears, eyes, and minds of major Hollywood players





We've launched a "10-year Hollywood Cli-Fi movies initiative" to get the "cli-fi" term into the ears/eyes/minds of major Hollywood players: directors, producers, studio heads, actors, PR units, marketing units, film critics in Hollywood and nationwide, worldwide, casting people, scriptwriters, writers rooms and more.

See the initial concept here:

https://www.sdjewishworld.com/2019/11/30/activist-pushes-hollywood-to-adopt-cli-fi-genre/




READ ALL OF THIS BELOW AND IF INTERESTED AND WANT TO HELP, PLEASE GET N TOUCH WITH US at danbloom@gmail.com

So I'm launching a "10-year Hollywood movies initiative" to get the "cli-fi" term into the ears eyes and minds of major Hollywood players. I need all the help I can get. via social media and this blog. Tweets, FB updates, emails to make cli-fi a genre term that everyone in Hollywood knows by 2030.

Cli-fi has already caught on in the book publishing world and among literary critics worldwide for novels and short story collections as A LITERARY TERM. This effort was ongoing since 2011 and got a huge boost in 2013 when NPR did a 5 minute radio broadcast titled "It's so hot, it's time for a new literary genre!" GOOGLE IT.

Now my focus for the next 10 years will be on Hollywood, and with the help of many people, cli-fi will catch on as cinema term among Hollywood producers, PR people, directors, actors, scriptwriters, talent agents, Hollywood journalists and film critics. We begin now.

A few notes of interest for your interest:

A few years ago, I was talking on the phone to veteran TV producer and social activist in Hollywood, Sonny Fox, and I was asking how him criptwriters and directors and producers in Los Angeles and other TV and film capitals around the world can make better use of their expertise and people to turn out more feature shows about climate change themes. Not documentaries, we have enough of them, good ones, too, but real movies, real TV serial dramas, written by people like Aaron Sorkin and produced by people like Marshall Herskovitz and, well, like veteran visionary Sonny Fox.

While Sonny is retired now at 94, he remains active as a passionate and concerned observer of where the world is headed, especially the world in this Age of Trump. He knows that runaway global warming is a serious issue and he knows that TV and movie producers have the means to address it.


"It's just a question of getting the right people together and setting up some organizations to work on this issue in Hollywood," the Brooklyn-born Fox tells me. And he's been arond the block  a couple of times, many times, in Hollywood and New York. He knows what the game is all about.
Could we use serial dramas -- narrative TV shows -- for the primary purpose of entertainment that also inspires and educates people about climtae change themes through role modeling?
Sonny says we can. And should.

There was a big wave of such interest back in the 1970s and 1980s that saw Fox, back then president of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, teaming up with such figures as David Poindexter, Miguel Sabido, and Albert Bandura to basically turn the industry’s attention to teaching people about health issues and family planning through mainstream TV. They got involved with Everett Rogers and the three biggest TV networks in the U.S. to do this together with the Center for Disease Control, and their effort is still survived today by the organization Hollywood Health & Society which has a powerful advisory position to the Writer’s Guild of America.

So Sonny knows of what he speaks.

"It's important to get TV and movie people involved in climate change discussions," he says. "And to goad them into making TV shows and movies that go right to the heart of the matter: how will future generations fare in a world beset by dire climate situations worldwide -- doughts, floods, wildfires, sea level rise, heat waves."

Outside of Hollywood and New York, there are groups now in Vermont and China working on these concepts and trying to organize for actions to take, creative actions with movies and TV shows. Storytelling can work wonders. Story can capitivate the human imagination and push the emotional buttons that might result in civic action, at the voting booths and in local communities nationwide.

Then there was a fantastic interview with Marshall Herskovitz the TV and movie producer and writer, Brandeis alum, major Hollywood climate movie activist. Listen to him here:

http://newyork.thecityatlas.org/people/marshall-herskovitz/

Marshall Herskovitz is an important Hollywood player to watch.  A producer, director and screenwriter who has also served as president of the Producers Guild of America (2006 – 2010) his credits include films such as “Traffic,” “The Last Samurai,” and “Blood Diamond,” and with his creative partner, Ed Zwick, he created the groundbreaking television series “thirtysomething,” “My So-Called Life,” and “Once And Again.” Alongside his career in the film industry, Herskovitz has devoted years to thinking about our society’s climate change problem.

"I first got into this more than 20 years ago, just by reading the science and getting really terrified. There was a big dividing line before and after “An Inconvenient Truth.” Before “Inconvenient Truth” the issue really was that people were not aware of climate change. After “Inconvenient Truth,” it became more complicated because people were aware of it, but it became much more politicized.," he told an interviewer iat City Atlas n 2015.

'So, before “Inconvenient Truth,” I was trying myself to put together a large communications campaign to get people aware of it, and I ended up through this weird, flukey thing, testifying in front of a committee in Congress. And basically what I was saying then is what I say now, which is that we are not even remotely on the right scale of what we need to be doing, and that we are all still in denial, and that, except for a small group of very vocal people, even among people who are really on board in terms of moving to combat climate change we aren’t really thinking about what we have to do. The only analogy for what we have to do is a World War Two-style mobilization.''

When asked if he thinks that Hollywood can create the narratives that needed to prod people to take action, Herskovitz said yes.

''Yes, we have the professionals who could do it. We have the professionals who could create the stories. Absolutely. ''

''I live in mass communications. I live or die by whether millions of people come and pay to see my product, and advertisers, the big advertising agencies, live or die by whether they get millions of people to respond, and that’s where the communications have to come from, and that costs a lot of money! Because you’re talking about television buys, and you’re talking about the kinds of marketing efforts that I’ve seen happen scores of times in my business. Where, for instance, we make a movie, nobody’s ever heard of that movie, you know? We then take 30, 40 million dollars and four weeks later, 96% of Americans know all about it. This is a very well established discipline, advertising and marketing, it just hasn’t been applied to this. So, that’s, to me, what still needs to be done. ''


''We are seeing that the tide is turning in America, there’s no question about it. There’s no question that a majority of Americans believe that one, climate change is real, two, it’s caused by humans, and three, that we need to do something about it.''

''I sort of keep track of these numbers, and basically, about 20-25% of Americans think it’s an emergency. And then there’s another 40% who think that we have to do something, but they don’t know what to do and they feel overwhelmed and so they don’t really deal with it in their lives. And then, on the other side, there’s another 35% who either don’t believe, don’t care, and a smaller percentage of them are actively opposed. But about 65% of Americans think we gotta do something, it’s just that we need a much bigger percentage of those people to become active. We have to make it possible for them to do something about it. Right now, they go, “It doesn’t matter what I do, you know? Even if America acts, what’s China gonna do? What’s India gonna do?” It’s changing that perception, and there are ways to do that. ''

''Most millennials grew up, I think, feeling like there were a lot of things in the world that were really awful that they couldn’t do anything about, and so many kids have said to me it’s so hard to see what the future’s going to be like, and there really wasn’t a belief that there was going to be a great future. And that’s upsetting. So, I wish I saw that zeal, that sense of omnipotence, that we are going to change the world, we are going to make the world do what we want it to do. I wish I saw that, because, boy that’s what we need. ''

Listen to Marshall Herskovitz.. He is on Twitter now at @MarshallHerskovitz

HIS CITY ATLAS INTERVIEW FROM 2015 is HERE:
http://newyork.thecityatlas.org/people/marshall-herskovitz/


THEN there's CNN producer and reporter Jen Christensen who wrote a very good piece on how cli-fi can make a difference in Hollywood, see link here:
https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/08/world/climate-change-movies-eprise/index.html


Cli-fi (climate fiction) on the big screen changes minds about real climate change







ADDITIONAL INFO AND LINK HERE:



''Hollywood Takes on the Climate Crisis'': An Event That Took Place on November 19th 2019 with panelists Alex Maggio, Donte Clark, Dorothy Fortenberry, Glenn Howerton and others (see LINK and graphic for credits)
https://korgw101.blogspot.com/2019/11/hollywood-takes-on-climate-crisis-event.html


'The Commons' is an 8-part cli-fi drama series that depicts a climate-ravaged Australia of the not-so-distant future. Starts on Christmas Day 2019 in Australia. https://korgw101.blogspot.com/2019/10/maja-lunde-far-sin-del-av-ren-for-ha.html

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OPED by Dan Bloom

Dear Hollywood Producers, Directors, Writers, Actors: It’s Time To Shed Some "Lights, Camera Action!" On Climate Change Issues, Too

Forget sci-fi...cli-fi is the terrifying theme of many new novels 

and movies, says GOOGLE SEARCH.

Go look and see here!




Hollywood, the land of dreams and the boulevard of tentpole marketing campaigns. do something! With a plethora of films with boffo box office revenues annually, not one decent motion picture made on the burning - literally - topic of our age: climate change. 

I mean Hollywood, California is on fire in 2019! Get with the program!
But for the most part, Hollywood  relies on a false sense of escape instead of realism to survive and prosper. 
Hollywood has slowly and steadily moved from the fantasy culture to more relatable and realistic cinema based on historical events, believable science fiction, and, most importantly, the day-to-day life of the audiences. But in terms of making cli-fi movies with important themes and A-List actors, there is still much work that needs to be done.

Ask Marshall Herskovitz, ask Sonny Fox, ask me!
One of the worst victims of Hollywood’s gross neglect of our society’s truth - other than people’s intelligence – has been runaway climate change risks. Whether or not, we as a society, indulge in measures to manage climate change, and the harmful effects of global warming, we all know one reality; that we have irreversibly damaged our ecosystem in the past, in a way that our ancestors couldn’t do in close to five millennia.
Almost everyone knows that the sea levels are rising, precipitation has become scarce, and the global temperatures continue to increase by the day. We, however, conveniently ignore the naked truth to live an apparently ignorant existence. Ask Greta Thunberg.There is no surprise then, that American and UK pop culture too, very skillfully ignores the topic of climate change, and doesn’t depict it at all on the silver screen.
Look at the history of the Film Industry, and you’ll realise that few  viable movies or documentaries have been made on the harmful effects of climate change and global warming. When in the 2000s, Hollywood was making movies like The Core (2003) and The Day After Tomorrow (2004), starring top Hollywood superstars, things started to look promising. Leonardo DiCaprio even gave a shout out to cli-fi in one of his Oscar acceptance speeches.  But sadly, the handful of cli-fi movies that have indeed been made on climate change can be counted on one hand. [Listen to the  sound of one hand clapping!]




''So I ask the big studios of Hollywood: Isn’t the cli-fi genre a relatable issue? Isn’t this something that the entertainment industry should invest in?''


Why is the American motion picture industry  only a moneymaking venture? Where did the days go when a screen artist wanted art and social commentary?. We stand witness to the horrors that humans, animals, and nature have to undergo every day due to the damage we have done to our surroundings. What about them? Don’t they deserve their time on the infamous silver screen, too?
In fact, the thick smog of negligence and nature’s plight has gradually moved from the rural areas to the cities we live  in. Wildfires, floods, killer hurricanes. 
Hell, why not make a cli-fi movie on that?




DearHollywood, as Bob Dylan said long ago, the times are changing, and it is imperative that we change with it. Global Warming is no longer a ghost story mothers use to scare their children to sleep. Climate change is here and now.
Temperatures are climbing by the day, and sea levels are rising by the hour. Every year crops fail.  And more of "America The Beautiful" becomes clouded by smog. If not for yourself, do it for your children’s health.
Dumb or dumber, we can’t deny the fact that Hollywood and its equivalent TV facets in other parts of the country are trendsetters. What they show on screen is what society follows and believes. Behind a small line of seemingly intelligent people, there are hordes of people who worship the actors and actresses as living gods, and goddesses. Distractions. A movie made on the right topic can hit the issue in the heart and make sure that people understand the gravity of the situation.
The human mind is a fickle thing, and it doesn’t work on fear. To make people more aware, and most importantly, more effortful and involved in the effort to reverse climate change, we have to indulge them in a personal way. We have to show the audience what happens when a farmers loses their crops and their land to floods caused by climate change. What happens when the climbing temperatures force climate refugees worldwide  to change their homes and uproot their lives.  Roland Emmerich is planning a movie of this theme right now, for release in 2025. Hollywood boys and girls, show audiences in the 2020s and 2030s how Mother Earth has done nothing except giving us food, water, and shelter all its life and in return, has received only suffering from the humans who inhabit this Earth's surface.
See also: ''The Cli-Fi Report'': www.cli-fi.net
And what better way to package all these dreadful and eye-opening scenes than cinema. If mainstream movies and big actors like Leonardo DiCaprio and Arnold and Stallone and Meryl Streep can be cast in some good cli-fi movies in the future about climate change, the responses of our bankable Hollywood stars will go all the way from utter ignorance to asking what they can do about it. You can do a lot if you try, Hollywood movers and shakers!

Think about it. Cli-fi movies are here to stay. Start making more of them!

FROM THEWRAP.COM in Hollywood

In a Warming World, ‘Cli-Fi’ Is Here to Stay
Guest blog: For now, most cli-fi movies and novels are just old-fashioned yarns, so there's nothing to be afraid of — but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand that climate chaos is going to have a chilling impact on the entire planet

  • The Next Big Genre: ‘Cli-Fi’ — Climate Fiction, in Which ‘Mad Max’ Meets ‘The Road’
    Forget missions to Mars and start thinking about mass migrations of ”climate refugees” north to Alaska.

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    Saturday, November 9, 2019

    A glorious and sometimes inglorious 'cli-fi' wind is blowing across the world

     
     
    UPDATED: Here it is, finally translated to ENGLISH by AFP for international audience !

    https://www.france24.com/en/20191115-scarier-than-fiction-climate-worry-driving-cli-fi-boom
     
     
     

    Olivier Postel-Vinay, directeur du magazine «Books» in France: Le genre a un nom : «cli-fi» (prononcez «claï- faï»). Ce sont les romans dystopiques sur le climat. 1300 titres recensés sur Amazon. Tous les clichés du catastrophisme écologiste se pressent au portillon. Une aubaine pour de jeunes auteurs, qui aspirent aussi à voir leur essai transformé à l’écran, dans le sillage d’un Christopher Nolan ou d’une Margaret Atwood. Le terme «cli-fi» a été lancé en 2011 par l’écrivain militant Dan Bloom. Atwood l’a repris à son compte dans un tweet, attirant d’un coup ses 500 000 followers. Le genre attire un nouveau public de jeunes lecteurs sensibilisés à la question du réchauffement climatique. L’université de Cambridge a ouvert une formation en «cli-fi»



    As the climate crisis worldwide gets worse and worse,  the literary and cinema genre of cli-fi, or "climate-fiction" is rising "at the speed of lightning", writes the French News Agency [Agence France-Presse, AFP] in Paris in a recent wire story by reporter Mr. Riwan Marhic in Paris -- who spent two weeks investigting and reporting this story and interviewing the people in it by phone and email and Twitter.

    Published in French in Paris: November 9th

    [English translation here provided by DeepL.Com translation platform arranged by Dan Bloom in Taiwan on November 10th.]

    A glorious and sometimes inglorious
    'cli-fi' wind is blowing across the world


    by Riwan Marhic, AFP reporter in Paris

    With the worldwide disappearance of bees in some countries, and the struggle for "blue gold" due to a shortage of oil and gasoline: the new genre of ''climate-fiction", a cousin of science fiction, is on the rise in bookshops in France and on French TV screens.

    In cinema, humanity that has become sterile in the movie called "The Children of Men" (directed by Alfonso Cuaron in 2006) and in another popular movie, the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor has been frozen by a new Ice Age in "The Day After" (directed by German director Roland Emmerich in  2004) -- both movies illustrate very well what the future of cinema and TV might mean for the rise of cli-fi, aka "climate-fiction".

    This literary and cinema trend first started gaining traction in the media in 2013 when NPR broadcast a 5 minute radio segment that went viral., according an American ''climate activist of the literary kind" named Dan Bloom.

    According to Bloom -- who runs a website called ''The Cli-Fi Report'' at www.cli-fi.net -- he has been watching with interest how the new genre has gained traction worldwide at "lightning speed" in both English-speaking countries and other nations as well where French, Italian, German, Norwegian, Spanish, Portuguese and Finnish pertain. This has been going on, he told AFP, for about the last 5 years, "in response to climate denialist policies of U.S. President Donald Trump" and ''climate skeptics'' around the world.

    "Cli-fi is a subgenre of [speculative] fiction," says Andrew Milner, a professor of comparative literature at Monash University in Melbourne. "Cli-fi authors, readers, publishers and directors identify with the tradition of "what if" [speculative] fiction." While he believes that the "cli-fi" genre must continue evolve to eventually "become an autonomous" genre, he also notes that the genre is developing "very quickly", he told AFP.

    "This development responds to real-world concerns," explains James Burgmann-Milner, also a professor at Monash University and co-author of an academic book titled "Science Fiction and Climate Change: A Sociological Approach" written with Andrew Milner, his father. "Literature has been slow enough to tackle climate change, but it is catching up.

    A Global Phenomenon Now




    Emanating first from English-speaking countries, a "cli-fi" wind is now blowing all over the world.

    In France, the TV series "La Dernière Vague" on the Frecnch chanelled ''France 2'' and "L'Effondrement", on the French channel "Canal+," illustrate cli-fi's growing popularity. But this is only the tip of the iceberg of what is first of all a literary genre that appeared seeminly out of nowhere, according to Bloom.

    Norwegian novelist Maja Lunde's "A History of Bees", a best-selling novel in Germany and now translated into some 30 foreign languages, tells the story of a society where flowers must be pollinated by hand.

    "I think we will see more of these books in the coming years," Ms. Lunde told an AFP reporter in 2018, "because people are increasingly concerned about climate change and authors are writing about what scares them.

    Indeed, the 'cli-fi' current seems to be accelerating.

    In Iceland, Sigridur Hagalin Björnsdottir's "The Island" (published in 2018), finds itself cut off from the world and tries to live in self-sufficiency.

    "Dans la forêt" by Jean Hegland (a great success in 2017 for the French translation) tells the story of two young girls surviving in a world without electricity or gasoline.

    American novelists Paolo Bacigalupi and Claire Vaye Watkins explore the theme of drought and the battle for "blue gold" in "The Water Knife" (published in 2015) and "Gold Fame Citrus" (published in 2017), respectively.

    The cli-fi genre has also flourished in children's YA (young adult) novels written by French writers Jérôme Leroy in "Lou après tout, Le grand effondrement" (published in 2019) and Lorris Murail in "L'Horloge de l'Apocalypse" [''The Doomsday Clock" in English] (published in France in  2018).

    "From a certain point of view, there can be no other subject left," Murail told AFP, "even if young readers sometimes have the impression that they are being lectured to."

    A subject that won't quit or go away

    "It's become difficult to ignore the subject," says French novelist Jean-Marc Ligny, a leading French science fiction writer and the main "cli-fi" author in France with  his popular novel titled "Aqua TM" and its sequels. For him, "climate change needs stories, readers need it to be staged. Numbers, charts, statistics, they doesn't talk to readers, but stories do. The ''cli-fi'' genre makes it easier to become aware of the situation".

    "Today, a science fiction author cannot miss the point," says Yann Quero, French author of several "cli-fi" books and coordinator of the anthology "Le réchauffement climatique et après..." published by Arkuiris. "Even in a space opera, one can wonder why humanity will swarm in the stars."

     photo by Yann Quero


    Although cli-fi has recently become popular as a new genre of the 21st century, the theme of environmental degradation has nevertheless been used in science fiction stories and movies and novels for more than 50 years, as in "Sécheresse" by British writer JG Ballard (published in 1964) or "Le Heroupeau Aveugle" by American writer John Brunner (published in 1972).

    A work as old as "Grapes of Wrath" (first published in 1934) is considered a pioneering work of cli-fi in it own way, as Amercian author John Steinbeck recounts the ravages of dust storms caused by the overexploitation of agricultural land in Oklahoma.

    [END OF ARTICLE] 

    NOTE: This English translation was slightly edited by blogger Dan Bloom for clarity and amplification. See the original article by AFP reporter Riwan Marhic in French to read the original text at https://www.france24.com/fr/20191109-entre-anticipation-et-%C3%A9cologie-la-climate-fiction-progresse-%C3%A0-la-vitesse-de-l-%C3%A9clair]

    COPYRIGHT 2019 AFP

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    A glorious and sometimes inglorious ‘cli-fi’ wind is blowing across the world

    French reporter Riwan Marhic, writing for the Agence France-Presse (AFP) wire service in Paris, recently published a report titled ”Entre anticipation et ecologie, la ‘climate-fiction’ progresse ‘a la vitesse de l’eclair,'” which in plain English might be amplified to mean something like “As the climate crisis worldwide gets worse and worse, the literary and cinema genre of cli-fi, or climate-fiction, is rising ‘at the speed of lightning.'”  Marhic interiewed me during a 30-minute phone chat across the seas, and he also interviewed three top French cli-fi writers — Jean-Marc Ligny, Yann Quero and Lorris Murail — while at the same time interviewing two internationally-known literary experts in Australia: Monash University Professor Andrew Milner and his son James Burgmann-Milner, also at Monash, where the two men wrote a well-received nonfiction academic book titled ”Science Fiction and Climate Change: A Sociological Approach.”

    The Paris-based reporter spent about two weeks researching his topic, including talking with the people he interviewed, and the result was a comprehensive 800-word news report in French that went out on the AFP wire to readers in the Francophone world, from France to Quebec and a dozen other nations worldwide as well.

    I was able to read the article in French using the French I learned in college and on two visits to France in the 1960s, and, with the help of a translation service on the internet, I set up an informal English-language translation of the AFP article, mostly for my own benefit (so that I could better understand the article in my own native language.)

    This is what I learned:

    With bees in some regions of the world disappearing at alarming rates, and a global struggle for “blue gold” due to worldwide shortages of oil and gasoline, the new literary and cinema genre of ”cli-fi” is on the rise not only in America and Britain, but also in bookstores in France and on French TV screens, according to the AFP.

    Marhic pointed out two movies that have had an impact on viewers worldwide in the last 15 years, “The Children of Men” (directed by Alfonso Cuaron in 2006) and “The Day After” (directed by German director Roland Emmerich in  2004), which helped focus attention of the power of cli-fi movies to serve as wake-up calls and warning flares for future generations.

    This new genre for novels and movies has gained traction worldwide at “lightning speed” in both English-speaking countries and other non-English-speaking nations as well,  according to one of the experts Marhic spoke to for his story.

    “Cli-fi is a subgenre of [speculative] fiction,” Andrew Milner, a professor of comparative literature at Monash University in Australia, told AFP, adding: “Cli-fi authors, readers, publishers and litera identify with the tradition of “what if” [speculative] fiction.” While he believes that the “cli-fi” genre must continue evolve to eventually “become an autonomous” genre, he also notes that the genre is developing “very quickly,” he told AFP.

    Emanating first from English-speaking countries, a “cli-fi” wind is blowing all over the world, AFP told its readers. In France, the TV series “La Dernière Vague” on the Frecnch channel ”France 2” and “L’Effondrement”, on the French channel “Canal+,” illustrate cli-fi’s growing popularity. But this is only the tip of the iceberg, Marhic wrote.
    Norwegian novelist Maja Lunde’s “A History of Bees”, a best-selling novel in Germany and now translated into some 30 foreign languages, tells the story of a society where flowers must be pollinated by hand,  he added.
    “I think we will see more of these cli-fi books in the coming years,” Ms. Lunde told an AFP reporter back in 2018, “because people are increasingly concerned about climate change and authors are writing about what scares them."

    Indeed, the cli-fi current seems to be accelerating, according to the AFP report.

    In Iceland, Sigridur Hagalin Bjornsdottir’s “The Island” (published in 2018), finds itself cut off from the world and tries to live in self-sufficiency.
    “Dans la foret” by Jean Hegland (a great success in 2017 for the French translation) tells the story of two young girls surviving in a world without electricity or gasoline.

    American cli-fi novelists Paolo Bacigalupi and Claire Vaye Watkins explored the theme of drought and the battle for “blue gold” in “The Water Knife” (published in 2015) and “Gold Fame Citrus” (published in 2017).

    The cli-fi genre has also flourished in children’s YA (young adult) novels in America and now in France as well, written by French writers Jerome Leroy in “Lou apres tout, Le grand effondrement” (published in 2019) and Lorris Murail in “L’Horloge de l’Apocalypse” (”The Doomsday Clock”) in  2018.

    “From a certain point of view, there can be no other subject left,” Mr. Murail told AFP, “even if young readers sometimes have the impression that they are being lectured to.”

    “It’s become difficult to ignore the subject,” said French novelist Jean-Marc Ligny, a leading French science fiction writer and the main “cli-fi” author in France with  his popular novel titled “Aqua TM” and its sequels.

    For him, “climate change needs stories, readers, and it needs publishers to release them. Numbers, charts, statistics, they doesn’t reallyt talk to readers, but stories do. The ‘cli-fi’ genre makes it easier to become aware of the situation.”

    “Today, a science fiction author cannot miss the point,” says Yann Quero, French author of several “cli-fi” books and coordinator of the anthology “Le rechauffement climatique et apres” published by Arkuiris. “Even in a space opera, one can wonder why humanity will swarm in the stars.”

    Read the French version of the AFP article here.



    EXTRA NOTES:
     
    from Oprah Magazine "O"
     
    In Ballard's formative cli-fi novel, global warming has left the Earth uninhabitable and a group of scientists must survive in London, which has ...
     
     
     
    This incendiary classic—and bibliophile's worst nightmare—takes place in a distant future where the powers that be ban and burn the most powerful thing in the world: books. The written word—and the critical thinking it inspires—must be outlawed and destroyed to fully control the masses. It’s a book best read in defiance.
     
     
    The Drowned World by J.G. Ballard
                     
    In Ballard’s formative cli-fi novel, global warming has left the Earth uninhabitable and a group of scientists must survive in London, which has been rendered into an environmentally-devastated wasteland.



    Thursday, November 7, 2019

    I am looking for a literary culture reporter to write this news story for a 2020 placement in USA or UK



    NEWS TIP:  contact me ASAP via Twitter or Email or Facebook
    @do_you_cli_fi_
    danbloom AT gmail DOT com

    I am STILL looking for a literary culture [book] reporter to write this news story for a 2020 placement!

     I'm in Taiwan since 1991. Retired newspaper editor. Coiner of cli-fi term in 2011 re my web at cli-fi.net 

    Here's my tip to you. I've "planted" hundreds of news articles and opeds about cli-fi in The New York Times, BBC, GUARDIAN, over 50 news sites and the term is catching on since 2011. Slowly. BUT: Most people still have never heard of it. So 24.7 I do PR work by email and Twitter with media and writers in a dozen languages. This is my ''end of life'' work. No income .. just my passion. I call myself "a climate activist of the literary kind."
    Tufts 1971 lit major

    What is needed now is for someone like YOU to write a freelance or staff essay for slate or NOT or PW or guardian or nytimes or anywhere with this headline

    Now that the cli-fi term is becoming popular.. 

    Is the book publishing world warming up to clifi, or, is it still cool to it? 

    What does the future hold for this new literary term in the 21st century? With quotes by phone or email from 10 people in book industry....editors, agents, acquiring editors, marketing depths, lit critics, book reviewers, novelists themselves.

    Interested? Yr byline. Yr $$$ payment. This is not about me. I'm just a news tipper with an eye for a good story. I will remain in the background.

    Let me know. I have contacts with a lot of people, reporters, editors, but I'm not a reporter anymore. Just news tipper. I'm thinking 2020 publication time frame.

    Cheers,

    DAN BLOOM

    Dan

    Thursday, October 31, 2019

    Dear Hollywood Producers, Directors, Writers, Actors: It’s Time To Shed Some "Lights, Camera Action!" On Climate Change Issues, Too

    https://www.sdjewishworld.com/2019/11/30/activist-pushes-hollywood-to-adopt-cli-fi-genre/

    Dear Hollywood Producers, Directors, Writers, Actors: It’s Time To Shed Some "Lights, Camera Action!" On Climate Change Issues, Too


    Forget sci-fi...cli-fi is the terrifying theme of many new novels 

    and movies, says GOOGLE SEARCH.

    Go look and see here!



    Hollywood, the land of dreams and the boulevard of tentpole marketing campaigns. do something! With a plethora of films with boffo box office revenues annually, not one decent motion picture made on the burning - literally - topic of our age: climate change. 

    I mean Hollywood, California is on fire in 2019! Get with the program!
    But for the most part, Hollywood  relies on a false sense of escape instead of realism to survive and prosper. 
    Hollywood has slowly and steadily moved from the fantasy culture to more relatable and realistic cinema based on historical events, believable science fiction, and, most importantly, the day-to-day life of the audiences. But in terms of making cli-fi movies with important themes and A-List actors, there is still much work that needs to be done.

    Ask Marshall Herskovitz, ask Sonny Fox, ask me!
    One of the worst victims of Hollywood’s gross neglect of our society’s truth - other than people’s intelligence – has been runaway climate change risks. Whether or not, we as a society, indulge in measures to manage climate change, and the harmful effects of global warming, we all know one reality; that we have irreversibly damaged our ecosystem in the past, in a way that our ancestors couldn’t do in close to five millennia.
    Almost everyone knows that the sea levels are rising, precipitation has become scarce, and the global temperatures continue to increase by the day. We, however, conveniently ignore the naked truth to live an apparently ignorant existence. Ask Greta Thunberg.There is no surprise then, that American and UK pop culture too, very skillfully ignores the topic of climate change, and doesn’t depict it at all on the silver screen.
    Look at the history of the Film Industry, and you’ll realise that few  viable movies or documentaries have been made on the harmful effects of climate change and global warming. When in the 2000s, Hollywood was making movies like The Core (2003) and The Day After Tomorrow (2004), starring top Hollywood superstars, things started to look promising. Leonardo DiCaprio even gave a shout out to cli-fi in one of his Oscar acceptance speeches.  But sadly, the handful of cli-fi movies that have indeed been made on climate change can be counted on one hand. [Listen to the  sound of one hand clapping!]




    ''So I ask the big studios of Hollywood: Isn’t the cli-fi genre a relatable issue? Isn’t this something that the entertainment industry should invest in?''


    Why is the American motion picture industry  only a moneymaking venture? Where did the days go when a screen artist wanted art and social commentary?. We stand witness to the horrors that humans, animals, and nature have to undergo every day due to the damage we have done to our surroundings. What about them? Don’t they deserve their time on the infamous silver screen, too?
    In fact, the thick smog of negligence and nature’s plight has gradually moved from the rural areas to the cities we live  in. Wildfires, floods, killer hurricanes. 
    Hell, why not make a cli-fi movie on that?




    DearHollywood, as Bob Dylan said long ago, the times are changing, and it is imperative that we change with it. Global Warming is no longer a ghost story mothers use to scare their children to sleep. Climate change is here and now.
    Temperatures are climbing by the day, and sea levels are rising by the hour. Every year crops fail.  And more of "America The Beautiful" becomes clouded by smog. If not for yourself, do it for your children’s health.
    Dumb or dumber, we can’t deny the fact that Hollywood and its equivalent TV facets in other parts of the country are trendsetters. What they show on screen is what society follows and believes. Behind a small line of seemingly intelligent people, there are hordes of people who worship the actors and actresses as living gods, and goddesses. Distractions. A movie made on the right topic can hit the issue in the heart and make sure that people understand the gravity of the situation.
    The human mind is a fickle thing, and it doesn’t work on fear. To make people more aware, and most importantly, more effortful and involved in the effort to reverse climate change, we have to indulge them in a personal way. We have to show the audience what happens when a farmers loses their crops and their land to floods caused by climate change. What happens when the climbing temperatures force climate refugees worldwide  to change their homes and uproot their lives.  Roland Emmerich is planning a movie of this theme right now, for release in 2025. Hollywood boys and girls, show audiences in the 2020s and 2030s how Mother Earth has done nothing except giving us food, water, and shelter all its life and in return, has received only suffering from the humans who inhabit this Earth's surface.
    See also: ''The Cli-Fi Report'': www.cli-fi.net
    And what better way to package all these dreadful and eye-opening scenes than cinema. If mainstream movies and big actors like Leonardo DiCaprio and Arnold and Stallone and Meryl Streep can be cast in some good cli-fi movies in the future about climate change, the responses of our bankable Hollywood stars will go all the way from utter ignorance to asking what they can do about it. You can do a lot if you try, Hollywood movers and shakers!

    Think about it. Cli-fi movies are here to stay. Start making more of them!