Alternative short nature film ideas:

--Charlton Heston: “I am God”

--Artist’s nude model: “I am natural”

--BP CEO: “I am gas”

--Norse god Vulcan: “I am thunder”

--Jennifer Lawrence: “I am hacked”

--Sons of the Pioneers: “I am cool, clear water”

--Satan: “I am hellfire”

--Juan Valdez: “I am sick and tired of picking these coffee beans for low wages!”

--Monsanto: “I am genetically modified”

--Male bee in flight: “I am a drone”


John Streamas


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Maybe I shouldn't admit this, as a literary/cultural critic, but given the current state of things, all I want to know about these clips is if they're working — i.e. raising consciousness, changing behavior, building the political will to make a difference.  




On Oct 7, 2014, at 4:08 PM, janet mcadams wrote:

So bad I'm squirming. I got about a minute into Julia Roberts 'Some call me Nature. Some call me Mother. Some call me Mother Nature." Oh oh oh so bad. 


On Tue, Oct 7, 2014 at 9:07 AM, ShaunAnne Tangney <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Oh, Lord, I don't even know where to start with this one...

The anthropomorphizing?  The sweeping arial crane shots that required planes, helicopters, or drones--i.e., huge carbon footprint?  The children's book tone?
The ignorance of Commoner's first law--everything is connected--this campaign still renders human beings and the environment, the human and the nonhuman, distinct, not connected?

I really don't know.   I've always been fond of George Carlin's: someday the planet will shake us off like a bad case of fleas...  And I am a Jeffers scholar, for heaven's sake..!
But this...just bugs me...

Any thoughts out there?

--ShaunAnne Tangney
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