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“Stunning…Timely…A solitary quest with global implications.” New York Times Critics’ Pick
In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate.
CHASING ICE is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.
As the debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Balog finds himself at the end of his tether. Battling untested technology in subzero conditions, he comes face to face with his own mortality. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. CHASING ICE depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet.
*Subtitled in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian*
Making CHASING ICE; Footage from Film Festival Q&A’s; Science Update
Nominated, Academy Award, Best Original Song
Excellence in Cinematography Award, Sundance Film Festival
Audience Award, SXSW
Best Documentary, Big Sky Film Festival
“***** Amazingly beautiful.”—New York Daily News
“One of the most beautiful films of the year.”—Huffington Post
Chasing Ice 2012
Posted in Docurama, New Video Digital | Tagged adventure, Before My Time, climate change, environment, genre: documentary, ice, J. Ralph, Nat Geo, National Geographic, nature, oscar, photography, Sundance