Chasing Ice (2012)

PG-13  |   |  Documentary, Biography  |  14 December 2012 (UK)
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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:
Himself - Photographer
Svavar Jónatansson ...
Himself - Photo Assistant
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
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.)


'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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Scigajac arktyczny lód  »

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$780,100 (USA) (28 December 2012)

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Himself - Photographer: If you had an abscess in your tooth, would you keep going to dentist after dentist until you found a dentist who said, "Ah, don't worry about it. Leave that rotten tooth in"? Or would you pull it out because more of the other dentists told you you had a problem? That's sort of what we're doing with climate change.
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Featured in Moyers & Company: Justice, Not Politics (2012) See more »


Installing the Camera
Written by Mark A. Crawford (as Mark Crawford)
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Compelling Doc will Shock You in the End
1 September 2013 | by See all my reviews

National Geographic photographer James Balog wanted to test his skepticism about climate change. With his Extreme Ice Survey, he was able to photograph undeniable changes in some glaciers.

In this documentary, Balog deploys a series of time-lapse cameras to capture a long term visual record of the world's changing glaciers. The lengths to which this is accomplished is mind boggling.

It's a compelling watch and an important work. But it's the shocking final result that will amaze you. The visual of these glaciers actually melting right before your eyes will shake you to your core as it did to me.

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