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Films on IceCinemas of the Arctic$
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Scott MacKenzie and Anna Westerstahl Stenport

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748694174

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748694174.001.0001

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Introduction: What are Arctic Cinemas?

Introduction: What are Arctic Cinemas?

(p.1) Introduction: What are Arctic Cinemas?
Films on Ice

Scott MacKenzie

Anna Westerståhl Stenport

Edinburgh University Press

In their “Introduction,” Scott MacKenzie and Anna Westerståhl Stenport coin a new rubric within World Cinema called “Arctic Cinemas.” They position different forms of Arctic filmmaking, whose interrelations are often overlooked to uncover a counter-history that reveals the complexity of Arctic moving image representation. Films on Ice is the first book to present a transnational and global range of Arctic film and moving image practices, addressing the great cinematic diversity of representation and production practices in the region. Engendering a dialogue between insiders and outsiders, the book’s examples are drawn from three distinct but interrelated groups: 1) films made by Arctic residents, but mostly seen in the South through film festivals, specialty TV channels, and the Internet; 2) films made outside the Arctic, typically by outsiders, and viewed mostly in the South and; 3) films made and viewed by Arctic residents through narrowcast, broadcast, digital streaming, and alternative venues.

Keywords:   Arctic cinemas, Documentary, indigenous media, experimental film, Cold war propaganda, transnational cinemas, Arctic art cinemas, climate change, environmentalism, Polar exploration, digital dissemination

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