Award Winning Documentary On Climate Change Opens Nationwide
November 15, 2012 02:36 PM
Chasing Ice uses time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.
Chasing Ice, the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet, opens in Chicago on November 19 at the Music Box Theater and several theaters across the nation.
In the spring of 2005, National Geographic photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s 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.
Within months of his first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey—the installation of 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 battling untested technology in subzero conditions and 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. The film was nominated for a 2013 Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Before My Time," written by J. Ralph and performed by actress Scarlett Johansson.
“You’ve never seen images like this before…it deserves to be seen and felt on the big screen.” – Robert Redford
A Joyce Foundation grant to Earth Vision Trust is supporting a presentation of Balog’s work at O’Hare International Airport during 2013. The still photos and videos that O’Hare travelers will see will be accompanied by information on what Chicago is doing to help cut emissions of the pollution that drives climate change and what each of us can do, too.
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