Episode 4 / Season 2

Diversity in Green Film: A conversation with the Green Film Festival

In this episode, Erica Ostlander, an undergraduate in Film Studies and Sustainable Development at the University of St Andrews, discusses the importance of upholding diversity in Hollywood, particularly in the realm of environmental cinema. Working as Co-director of the Green Film Festival alongside Tristan Sharman, an undergraduate in Geography at St Andrews, they are able to discuss how film festivals can be an important resource for POC filmmakers and how festivals like GFF have a responsibility to curate a diverse filmography. Erica also speaks on her personal experience scouting for films in Puerto Rico and the obstacles that can be brought on when attempting to bring local films to a global screen. 

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References used for the podcast:

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Norrie, Richard. “The Two Sides of Diversity.” Policy Exchange, 2017, https://policyexchange.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/The-two-sides-of-diversity-2.pdf. 

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Stevens, Fisher, director. Before the Flood. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, USA, 2017. 

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Vollenhoven, Sylvia, director. Jozi Gold. Doc Lounge, South Africa, 2019.