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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

Writer:

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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Balog ... Self - Photographer
Svavar Jónatansson Svavar Jónatansson ... Self - Photo Assistant
Louie Psihoyos ... Self - Photographer & Oscar Winning Filmmaker
Kitty Boone Kitty Boone ... Self - The Aspen Institute
Sylvia Earle Sylvia Earle ... Self - National Geographic Explorer (as Sylvia Earle Ph.D.)
Dennis Dimick Dennis Dimick ... Self - National Geographic Editor
Adam LeWinter Adam LeWinter ... Self - EIS Engineer (as Adam Lewinter)
Jason Box Jason Box ... Self - Climatologist, Ohio State University (as Jason Box Ph.D.)
Tad Pfeffer Tad Pfeffer ... Self - Glaciologist, University of Colorado (as Tad Pfeffer Ph.D.)
Suzanne Balog Suzanne Balog ... Self - James's Wife
Jeff Orlowski ... Self - EIS Videographer
Synte Peacock ... Self - Oceanographer, National Center for Atmospheric Research (as Synte Peacock Ph.D.)
Terry Root Terry Root ... Self - Senior Fellow, Stanford University Woods Institute (as Terry Root Ph.D.)
Thomas Swetnam Thomas Swetnam ... Self - Directof of Tree-Ring Research, University of Arizona (as Thomas Swetnam Ph.D.)
Peter Hoeppe Peter Hoeppe ... Self - 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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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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References Nova: Extreme Ice (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Before My Time
Music and Lyrics by J. Ralph
Produced, Arranged, Engineered and Mixed by J. Ralph
Co-produced and Engineered by Arthur Pingrey
Protools by Arthur Pingrey
Performed by Scarlett Johansson and Joshua Bell
Piano by Jay Israelson
Mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering
Legal by Alan Kress
Recorded at The Theater, New York City, January 2012 and March 2012
Special Thanks to Danny Bensi, Camilla Olson, Heidi Frederick and Alan Kress
Joshua Bell appears courtesy of Sony Classical
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Beautiful
9 December 2012 | by mousee73See all my reviews

The photography is absolutely amazing in this film! If you have any interest at all in nature photography, it is a must see. For those who criticize, I would remind you that it IS a documentary. It's SUPPOSED to be about the process and the people involved. It is one man's story of his passion for photography, the environment, and making an impact. It's not meant to be a dry science class,full of statistics and probabilities. It is simply the undeniable photographic documentation of how significantly the planet is changing from the effects of global warming. It's meant to SHOW people the beauty of our world and to illustrate that is dying right under our noses. Perhaps photographs aren't as scientifically "valid" as modeling and statistical inferences, but they ARE irrefutable and far more convincing to most of the general population.


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Release Date:

14 December 2012 (UK) See more »

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Gross USA:

$1,328,467

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,358,668
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