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Chasing Ice

A Special Presentation at the 2012 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and winner of several awards — including the Hot Docs People’s Choice Award and the Cinematography Award at the Sundance Film Festival — Chasing Ice is the engrossing and enlightening debut feature from documentary filmmaker Jeff Orlowski.

The film follows National Geographic photojournalist James Balog as he struggles to bring dramatic visual evidence of climate change in the Arctic to the attention of the world. After an eye-opening 2005 visit to Iceland, Balog initiates an expedition called the Extreme Ice Survey, traversing the Arctic with a band of young adventurers and deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world’s
receding ice sheet.

As the climate change debate continues topolarize America and natural disasters around the world intensify exponentially, Balog finds himself at the centre of a maelstrom and near the end of his tether, struggling to make the world see what he has seen with his own (camera) eye.

Featuring stunning cinematography and privileged views of some never-before-seen areas of the Arctic, Chasing Ice is an engrossing chronicle of one man’s quest to reveal crucial evidence about the damage we have wrought to our carbon-powered planet. Shocking, sobering yet ultimately optimistic, the story of Balog’s incredible journey is an urgent reminder that our world is in crisis, and a rallying call to take action against its
continued deterioration.


"[This documentary] about photographing glaciers makes a compelling environmental case without sacrificing beauty. Chasing Ice conveys the visual richness of Balog's work, where an astounding variety of shape, color, and translucency makes ice seem like a worthy object for a career, even if its disappearance weren’t so closely linked to humanity's fate." —John DeFore,
The Hollywood Reporter

Director: Jeff Orlowski
Cast: James Balog, Svavar Jonatansson and Adam LeWinter
Year: 2012
Runtime: 76 minutes
Country: USA
Language: English
Distributor: Filmswelike

Ratings: ON NR / BC NR / AB NR / SK NR / MB NR / QC NR / Maritmes NR


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