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. 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 man’s 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 world’s 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.
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“Chasing Ice is a gift to us all” –San Diego Source
“Chasing Ice will make an impact, that’s for sure.” – The Sacramento Bee
“You’ve never seen images like this before… It deserves to be seen and felt on the big screen.” – Robert Redford
“Heart-in-your-throat breathtaking. Trust us: You want to watch this film on the big screen.” – Nora Ankrum, The Austin Chronicle
“Hauntingly beautiful.” – Greg Reitman, Huffington Post
“One of the most beautiful films of the year.” – Regina Weinreich, Huffington Post
“Visually breathtaking.” – Justin Chang, Variety
“The most important film of the year.” – Chris Columbus, Director and Producer
“If there was ever a film that needed to be on the big screen, this is it!” – David Courier, Sundance Senior Programmer
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