Featured Event | Video

Documentary Filmmaking and the Climate Crisis: A Virtual Conversation

Wednesday September 23, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Documentary film is an important medium for representing climate change—a crisis that is often difficult to visualize. Rob Nixon (2011) speaks about the important role of media as a “representational” and “strategic” tool for addressing environmental crises. Film is particularly capable of this representational/strategic task of making visible disparities of environmental risks and of holding governments and corporations accountable. In collaboration with the organizers of the 2020 Climate Week at Penn, the Center for Media at Risk will host a Virtual Conversation with environmental documentary filmmaker and producer Deia Schlosberg. Moderated by Annenberg PhD Candidate Hanna E. Morris, Deia will discuss her projects and the challenges and capabilities of environmental documentary filmmaking as a tool for political change. Deia’s most recent film, The Story of Plastic, will be streamed during the Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival, and is the first feature documentary film from The Story of Stuff Project.

Speaker

Deia Schlosberg

Deia Schlosberg (DIRECTOR/PRODUCER)

Deia Schlosberg made national news in October 2016, when she was arrested and charged with 45 years' worth of felonies for filming the #ShutItDown pipeline protest in North Dakota. Deia is the director of The Story of Plastic (2019) and is currently directing a docuseries—Bootstraps (2021)—which chronicles a two-year basic income trial. Deia produced Josh Fox's climate change film, How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change (2016), and co-produced Awake, A Dream from Standing Rock (2017), and The Reluctant Radical (2018)

Moderator

Hanna Morris

Hanna E. Morris

University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School for Communication

Hanna Morris is a member of the Center for Media at Risk steering committee and a PhD Candidate at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, where she researches media, culture and the climate crisis. Her scholarship is motivated by questions of power, representation and environmental justice. Hanna is also on the Board of Directors for the International Environmental Communication Association (IECA) and a member of the Social Challenges of Climate Change Doctoral Working Group at New York University’s Institute for Public Knowledge (IPK).