Dir. Jeff Orlowski, USA, 2012, 76 min., PG-13, HD Official Website
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, a trip north that opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk. Within months, and with a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began the Extreme Ice Survey, deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. 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.
“What sustains the film are neither words nor music but spectacular images of places few people have ever seen.” —Mark Jenkins, NPR