Chasing Ice


Chasing Ice

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Acclaimed National Geographic photographer James Balog was once a skeptic about climate change. But through his Extreme Ice Survey, he discovers undeniable evidence of our changing planet. In Chasing Ice, Balog deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Traveling with a team of young adventurers across the brutal Arctic, Balog risks his career and his well-being in pursuit of the biggest story facing humanity. As the debate polarizes America, and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Chasing Ice depicts a heroic photojournalist on a mission to deliver fragile hope to our carbon-powered planet. -- (C) Submarine

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Adam LeWinter
as Adam LeWinter
Jeff Orlowski
as Jeff Orlowski
Svavar Jonatansson
as Svavar Jonatansson
Louie Psihoyos
as Louie Psihoyos
Kitty Boone
as Kitty Boone
Sylvia Earle
as Sylvia Earle
Dennis Dimick
as Dennis Dimick
Jason Box
as Jason Box
Tad Pfeffer
as Tad Pfeffer
Suzanne Balog
as Suzanne Balog
Synte Peacock
as Synte Peacock
Thomas Swetnam
as Thomas Swetnam
Terry Root
as Terry Root
Peter Hoeppe
as Peter Hoeppe
Gerald Meehl
as Gerald Meehl
Emily Balog
as Emily Balog
Martin Nørregaard
as Martin Nørregaard
Simone Balog
as Simone Balog
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A terrifying film that offers both a stunning collection of images and an indisputable evidence of global climate change. It is only a pity, though, that it loses some of its focus wanting to praise Balog's efforts and doesn't propose any real scientific solution for the problem.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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One of the most visually stunning documentaries I have ever seen, Chasing Ice is a testament to the power of film to serve as clear-cut evidence of a changing world, as well as proof of why that world is worth preserving.

Sam Barnett
Sam Barnett

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Photographer James Balog sets up cameras to document the disappearance of glaciers. Most documentaries about global warming and other such social problems take an alarmist stance and quickly become so over-bearing in their message that I find myself saying, "Yes, yes, we're all going to die. I understand. Ho hum." But the film's focus on the process of setting up the cameras and Balog's courageousness makes it more about the process than pounding depressing evidence into my head. Balog's photographs are striking. They're beautifully tragic, just as they are intended to be. Overall, this is a good documentary about an important social problem, and its strength is that it doesn't try to beat the shit out of any happiness you might still be able to muster.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

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We are all concerned about the earth's poles in this day and era. "Chasing Ice" Documents James Balog an acclaimed Natianal Geographic photographer's journey to find some physical evidence about Climate Change. Setiing up mutiple cameras in a single area in Iceland, Greenland, Montanna and Alaska. The results are pretty shocking, after three years of observing the photos we find a big difference in the stucture of some of the biggest glaciers in the world. I've never seen so many massive calvings of ice that it almost looks like a whole city area is going up in an earthquake. Viewers really do feel the emotion and determination for Balog who has a knee problem, but that dosen't stop him from explroring the dangerous impact the ice world has suffered to climate change. Conventionally shot in a very informative manner, "Chasing Ice" is essential for all enviromentalists and common viewers.

Luke Eberhardt
Luke Eberhardt

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