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Chasing Ice

Author: Guest Writer/Sunday, January 29, 2012/Categories: Uncategorized

In the vein of full disclosure, it must be admitted that I am super-biased about the subject matter of a yet-to-be released movie, Chasing Ice, the film’s subject James Balog, a friend of 40 years, and the Sundance Film Festival where I was an original long-time volunteer. It is hard not to celebrate this fantastic documentary film, the dedicated explorer-photographer, and a festival that has come to represent all that is important in independent filmmaking.

Chasing Ice chronicles the efforts of Balog and his small, elite, crew of scientists, engineers, and artists to bring the existential reality of climate change to a wider audience beyond dry government reports and climate statistics. It succeeds well at this task as The Hollywood Reporter so aptly reviewed.

Using spectacular photography for which he is well known from work with National Geographic Magazine and augmented by incredible time-lapse imagery and video, Balog brings the audience along on his personal journey to try and grasp the magnitude of climate change. He decides to focus on ice and all its forms from broken chunks to glaciers and icebergs in arctic and alpine regions. The technical and logistic struggles Jim and his crew had endure were amazing and deeply moving.

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An EIS team member provides scale in a massive landscape of crevasses on the Svínafellsjökull Glacier in Iceland.                                                     

                                     Chasing Ice (Credit: Sundance FF)

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Chasing Ice poster          Chasing Ice film crew                         Time-lapse Camera

(credit: SWP Media)      (credit: Sundance Green Room)           (credit: SWP Media)

The film won a Sundance award for the brilliant cinematography of the young filmmaker, Jeff Orlowski, and the film was totally sold out during the entire festival. Sundance is also a world marketplace for acquiring new films and the documentary was purchased for distribution by National Geographic Television as The Washington Post reported. 

Watch for Chasing Ice at a film festival near you, in a local TV Guide listing, and hopefully at a cinema somewhere near you. Maybe the documentary shown in the thin air of Park City, Utah will be nominated for a documentary award in a large room in LA in 2013.



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