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Official film description...
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 Earths changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change. But that first trip north 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.
CHASING ICE is the story of one mans 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 worlds 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. It takes years for Balog to see the fruits of his labor. 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.
“A project of heroic, Herzogian endeavor. Mad, you might say. But probably not as mad as what the rest of us are doing about climate change: namely almost nothing.” – Financial Times, September, 2013
“These photographs, unfolding in time, function as both proof and relic — a record of a landscape’s memory. Behind the images lie an abiding scorn for those who are unwilling to recognize what’s happening and a lucid dread about where we’re probably heading.” – Boston Globe, November 16, 2012
“A film so eye-opening and socially important that it demands to be seen.” – Sundance LondonAwards: Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 3 nominations.
IMDb User-Rating: 7.8/10
Metascore Critics Rating: 75/100
Rotten Tomatoes User Rating: 7.5/10
Technical information and screening rights...
Director: Jeff Orlowski
Actors: James Balog, Svavar Jonatansson
Release Date: 2012
Run Time: 76 minutes
Language (Audio): English
Language (Subtitles): German
Contry code: Region 2
Format: 16:9 – 1.77:1
FSK: Approved without age restriction
Studio: EuroVideo Medien GmbH
Available here as DVD, BluRay and Video on demand.
Performing rights Switzerland: Spot on Distribution />
Performing rights Germany/Austria: NFP />
60 minutes extras:
- 'Before My Time' Academy Award Nominated Song
- Film Festival Q&As
- Glacier Watching
- Sundance Experience
- Testimonials: 'Audience members and students reflect on their viewing experience'
- Time Now: From James Balog s Lecture Tour
- Updated Science 'Dr. Tad Pfeffer Glaciologist at the University of Colorado On the Latest Updates in Glaciolog