artful eco workings that cycle through: Close-to-Nature continuous cover forestry, experimental film-making, the eco-humanities field (deep ecology, ecocriticism, ecosophy, ecofeminism), writing & forest policy development; by cathy fitzgerald, visual culture, ncad, ireland

I’ve been so very fortunate that my eco art ‘Hollywood’ forest project is online – former film lecturer, Dr. Cat Lupton of the UK based Earthlines review, saw my project from afar and has since commissioned me to write an article on the film element of my eco art practice (see above to read it). Cat too has found the film world difficult to engage in, in regards to ecological concerns (it is the reason she had to leave it) so I feel very honoured that she picked my work to share with others. The Earthlines Review is part of the relatively new Earthlines magazine and online networks (also on facebook/twitter), filled with fantastic writings and views on how we are relating to the Earth.

The EarthLines Review

Cathy Fitzgerald is a practice-thesis PhD candidate in Visual Culture at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin, Ireland. Her current transdisciplinary eco art inquiry* is focused around her involvement with transforming Hollywood, the small forest where she lives in South-East Ireland, from clear-fell conifer plantation to mixed continuous cover forest. In this post she talks about the film-making element of her creative practice. For more about Cathy’s work, see

 The new ‘neighbours’ – tiny Ash trees amongst the conifers in Hollywood

(still from The Hollywood Diaries 2008-12 experimental film by Cathy Fitzgerald)

 ‘As I see it, the fundamental job of an ecocinema is not to produce pro-environmental narratives shot in a conventional Hollywood manner (that is, in a manner that implicitly promotes consumption) or even in a conventional documentary manner (although, of course, documentaries can alert us to environmental issues). The job of ecocinema is to…

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