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Winner of numerous awards, including the Excellence in Cinematography Award: U.S. Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival, “Chasing Ice” tells the story of one man’s plight to document evidence of the changing planet by using time-lapse cameras to capture changes in glaciers over several years.
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is sponsoring a screening of “Chasing Ice,” 7 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Reel Deal Theater.
“We are excited to have the opportunity to bring this powerful film to Los Alamos,” said Rebecca Shankland, past PEEC Board president. “Climate change is something we can’t ignore, and “Chasing Ice” brings this important issue to light in a really compelling and entertaining way.”
Tickets to the movie will cost $12 and can be purchased at the door, or in advance at the Reel Deal Theater.
According to a Denver Post review, “The scale of the glaciers, and the almost hallucinogenic clarity of the images, make the resulting footage, based on three years’ shooting, most impressive. One piece of ice we see breaking off is said to be the size of lower Manhattan. Balog remarks that the ice masses he photographs are as individual as human faces, and what we see sometimes does resemble portraiture.”
In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on an assignment for National Geographic to capture images to help tell the story of 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 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.