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Chasing Ice (2012)

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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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Jeff Orlowski

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Mark Monroe
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Balog ... Himself - Photographer
Svavar Jónatansson Svavar Jónatansson ... Himself - Photo Assistant
Louie Psihoyos ... Himself - Photographer & Oscar Winning Filmmaker
Kitty Boone Kitty Boone ... Herself - The Aspen Institute
Sylvia Earle Sylvia Earle ... Herself - National Geographic Explorer (as Sylvia Earle Ph.D.)
Dennis Dimick Dennis Dimick ... Himself - National Geographic Editor
Adam LeWinter Adam LeWinter ... Himself - EIS Engineer (as Adam Lewinter)
Jason Box Jason Box ... Himself - Climatologist, Ohio State University (as Jason Box Ph.D.)
Tad Pfeffer Tad Pfeffer ... Himself - Glaciologist, University of Colorado (as Tad Pfeffer Ph.D.)
Suzanne Balog Suzanne Balog ... Herself - James's Wife
Jeff Orlowski ... Himself - EIS Videographer
Synte Peacock ... Herself - Oceanographer, National Center for Atmospheric Research (as Synte Peacock Ph.D.)
Terry Root Terry Root ... Herself - Senior Fellow, Stanford University Woods Institute (as Terry Root Ph.D.)
Thomas Swetnam Thomas Swetnam ... Himself - Directof of Tree-Ring Research, University of Arizona (as Thomas Swetnam Ph.D.)
Peter Hoeppe 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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As the debate polarizes America, and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, a heroic photojournalist is on a mission to deliver fragile hope to our carbon-powered planet. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Scigajac arktyczny lód See more »

Filming Locations:

Bolivia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$83,200, 21 December 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,328,467

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,358,668
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James Balog - 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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The Greenland Ice Sheet
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compelling doc will shock you in the end
1 September 2013 | by SnoopyStyleSee 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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