In Film "Chasing Ice," See How Climate Change Puts the Planet on a Slippery Slope (video)

Whether or not we take action to slow climate change and prepare for its impacts depends a lot on compelling images of what is happening to the planet around us, and on visualizing alternative futures. Few images can be as iconic, compelling and symbolic of climate change than the melting and disintegration of the world's ice sheets and glaciers. In the film Chasing Ice, opening on 9 November 2012, audiences will follow photographer James Balog and his crew in their determined efforts to capture those images in some of the harshest, most isolated -- and most beautiful -- areas of the planet.

Balog has been at it since 2007 when he established the Extreme Ice Survey, (EIS), "an innovative, long-term photography project that merges art and science to give a `visual voice' to the planet's changing ecosystems." According to the survey's Web site:

"One aspect of EIS is an extensive portfolio of single-frame photos celebrating the beauty–the art and architecture–of ice. The other aspect of EIS is time-lapse photography; currently, 27 cameras are deployed at 18 glaciers in Greenland, Iceland, the Nepalese Himalaya, Alaska and the Rocky Mountains of the U.S. These cameras record changes in the glaciers every half hour, year-round during daylight, yielding approximately 8,000 frames per camera per year. We edit the time-lapse images into stunning videos that reveal how fast climate change is transforming large regions of the planet. Finally, EIS supplements the time-lapse record with episodic repeat photography in the French and Swiss Alps, Canada, Iceland, and Bolivia."

Above: Photographer James Balog near the top of a large "moulin" on the Greenland Ice Sheet. 
A moulin is a narrow shaft through the ice that carries meltwater from the surface of the ice sheet to its base. Photo by Jeff Orlowski.

Chasing Ice was directed by Jeff Orlowski and produced by Paula DuPre' Pesmen, producer of the Academy Award-winning film The Cove. The film opens November 9th at Cinema Village in New York City. Other upcoming screenings:

  • 11/16/2012 Music Box Theater - Chicago, IL
  • 11/16/2012 Landmark E. St - Washington D.C.
  • 11/16/2012 Landmark Kendall Sq. - Boston, MA
  • 11/16/2012 Landmark Seven Gables - Seattle, WA
  • 11/16/2012 Landmark Lumiere - S.F. CA
  • 11/16/2012 Landmark Shattuck - Berkley, CA
  • 11/23/2012 Landmark Chez Artiste - Denver, CO
  • 11/23/2012 Landmark Nuart - L.A. CA
  • 11/30/2012 Landmark Ritz Bourse - Philadelphia, PA
  • 11/30/2012 Landmark Lagoon - Minneapolis, MN

As new screenings are added, they’ll be posted here: .

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