The Geo-Doc: Geomedia, Documentary Film and Social Change
This book introduces a new form of documentary film: the Geo-Doc, designed to maximize the influential power of the documentary film as an agent of social change. The book provides an overview of the history of the documentary film with attention given to how it evolved as an instrument of social change. It examines theories surrounding mobilizing the documentary film as a communication tool between filmmakers and policymakers. Ecocinema and its semiotic storytelling techniques are also explored for their unique approaches in audience engagement. The proven methods identified throughout the book are combined with the spatial and temporal affordances provided by GIS technology to create the Geo-Doc, a new tool for the activist documentarian.
Mark Terry, PhD is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research and the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University, Canada. He is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker having won the Gemini Humanitarian Award, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Stefansson Medal for his work as an ecocinema documentarian.