Acclaimed photographer James Balog was once a skeptic about climate change. But through his Extreme Ice Survey, he discovers undeniable evidence of our changing planet. In Chasing Ice, Balog deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras 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. Travelling with a team of young adventurers across the brutal Arctic, Balog risks his career and his well-being in pursuit of the biggest story facing humanity. As the debate polarizes America, and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Chasing Ice depicts a heroic photojournalist on a mission to deliver fragile hope to our carbon-powered planet.
James Balog, Svavar Jónatansson, Louie Psihoyos, Kitty Boone, Sylvia Earle, Dennis Dimick, Adam LeWinter, Jason Box, Tad Pfeffer, Suzanne Balog, Jeff Orlowski, Synte Peacock, Terry Root, Thomas Swetnam, Peter Hoeppe, Gerald Meehl, Emily Balog, Martin Nørregaard, Simone Balog, R. James Woolsey
For anyone still doubtful of the existence of global warming Chasing Ice is a terrifying and true story that follows documentary photographer James Balog as uses time-lapse photography to capture the vast melting of glaciers across the globe.
The film begins with a technical explanation of the camera’s used and the equipment needs to survive the harsh conditions of the Alaskan, Canadian and Alpine glaciers; 34 camera’s encased in waterproof and dustproof coverings placed in mountain ranges all over the world and left for years to document the gradual melting of the ice as the world warms up.
Where I had always associated time-lapse photography with beautiful images of flowers blooming and trees growing the sights in this documentary give me a much “colder” (excuse the pun) feeling in the pit of my stomach. Untarnished by any particular dialogue or story the film simply demonstrates the beautiful but terrifying changes in nature and provides an insight into the lives and morality of those on the front line of such incidents.
The film galvanises those already interested in conservation and environmentalism and is likely to inspire those with only a little experience of it, unfortunately however one can’t help but despair at the knowledge that the ones who should really be watching the piece are likely to never see this footage.
Balog walks that delicate line between artist and scientist, his photography not just a passion but environmentalism a driving personal force. Chasing Ice is one of those films that move you so deeply that it haunts you for a long time afterwards. Hard to watch, scary to comprehend with upsetting ramifications for future generations Chasing Ice is possibly the most disturbing movie I have seen in several years.
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