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Follow National Geographic photographer James Balog across the Arctic as he deploys time-lapse cameras designed for one purpose: to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Himself - Photographer
Svavar Jónatansson ...
Himself - Photo Assistant
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Himself - Photographer & Oscar Winning Filmmaker
Kitty Boone ...
Herself - The Aspen Institute
Sylvia Earle ...
Herself - National Geographic Explorer (as Sylvia Earle Ph.D.)
Dennis Dimick ...
Himself - National Geographic Editor
Adam LeWinter ...
Himself - EIS Engineer (as Adam Lewinter)
Jason Box ...
Himself - Climatologist, Ohio State University (as Jason Box Ph.D.)
Tad Pfeffer ...
Himself - Glaciologist, University of Colorado (as Tad Pfeffer Ph.D.)
Suzanne Balog ...
Herself - James's Wife
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Himself - EIS Videographer
Synte Peacock ...
Herself - Oceanographer, National Center for Atmospheric Research (as Synte Peacock Ph.D.)
Terry Root ...
Herself - Senior Fellow, Stanford University Woods Institute (as Terry Root Ph.D.)
Thomas Swetnam ...
Himself - Directof of Tree-Ring Research, University of Arizona (as Thomas Swetnam Ph.D.)
Peter Hoeppe ...
Himself - Head of Geo Risks Research, Munich Reinsurance (as Peter Hoeppe Ph.D.)
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'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,' we follow Balog across the Arctic as he deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras designed for one purpose: to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers. Balog's 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 young team of adventurers by helicopter, canoe and dog sled across three continents, Balog risks his career and his well-being in pursuit of the biggest story in human history. As the debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramp up around the world, 'Chasing Ice' depicts a heroic photojournalist on a mission to gather evidence and deliver hope to our carbon-powered planet Written by Anonymous

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$83,200 (USA) (21 December 2012)

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$780,100 (USA) (28 December 2012)
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Disturbingly beautiful footage of the effect of climate change on several of the world's largest glacier fields.
15 February 2012 | by (Tempe, AZ) – See all my reviews

James Balog and Jeff Orlowski team up in what turned out to be a fantastic effort in documenting vast amounts of photographic evidence of the effects of recent global temperature increases on glaciers in Alaska, Canada, and Greenland.

The footage is magnificent and the film is scored very well. James Balog's personal challenges in undertaking the project are also documented, and present an interesting angle to this style of documentary.

By presenting the footage in as non-partisan manner as possible, Chasing Ice avoids tarnishing its message with politics.


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