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November 19, 2012

Movie Review: Chasing Ice

Chasing Ice #2Chasing Ice is one of the most hauntingly beautiful, yet at the same time, socially disturbing films that you'll see this year. Brought to life by the same producer as The Cove, this documentary tells the story of climate change through the eyes, and lens, of photographer James Balog and a team of experts and interns who form the Extreme Ice Survey.

Watch as massive glaciers dissolve from the landscape, rivers of runoff slice through the arctic ice, and witness with your own eyes as the team catches the biggest calving event ever recorded. Combining both stunning visuals of glacial melt, alongside alarming statistics on the affects that global warming are having on the frigid landscape in Greenland, Alaska, Montana, and Iceland; this film will make even the harshest critic stand up and take notice of the drastic changes happening around us.

Aside from the visual aspects of the film, Balog's dedication to telling this story is truly inspiring. Toughing it out through multiple knee surgeries, even going as far as using crutches just to climb out and stay close to the action, shows a thirst for knowledge. To see that perseverance in Balog, and his crew, through personal and technical struggles, to share this story with the world is astounding. 

But don't just take our word for it. Check the Chasing Ice website for a full list of screening dates and locations to catch a showing near you. For a sneak peek, watch the trailer below.

--Jess Krager

Photograph-– EIS field assistant, Adam LeWinter on NE rim of Birthday Canyon, atop feature called "Moab". Greenland Ice Sheet, July 2009. Photograph by James Balog, © 2009 James Balog/Extreme Ice Survey.

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