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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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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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Exposure, Diamond Docs See more »
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Color
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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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Connections

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, yet haunting
2 February 2013 | by parallel_projectionSee all my reviews

James Balog has one goal in mind throughout this entire documentary: to photographically demonstrate the rapid melting of our earth's glaciers. He doesn't throw statistics at us (okay, maybe one or two), and he doesn't bring politics into it, all he does is undeniably prove that the vast majority of the world's glaciers are disappearing right before our eyes.

What this documentary does is capture his journey to photograph these glaciers. It shows his struggles, his failures, and his successes. Yes, he may come off as a bit of a hero, but what he's doing truly is heroic and simply cannot be missed. The photography throughout this film is spectacular--absolutely gorgeous. In fact, he photographed an article on this topic for National Geographic, and if you've seen their photographs, you know the level of quality we're talking about here.

At the same time, however, there's kind of this sense of impending doom amidst all the beauty. It essentially shows all the damage humanity has done, in the past ten or so years alone, and I can only hope it's not too late to fix at least some of what we've caused. If this documentary can't get you to see the world and it's people differently, then I don't think much else can, his results are simply that stunning.


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