Chasing Ice: The Story of How One Man Photographed Global Warming
The Sundance Film Festival is the largest independent film festival in the united states and takes place in Park City, Utah annually. Te event draws hundreds of directors, actors, and film makers together each year to explore and enjoy the world of independent film. This year one of the featured and most widely talked about films was a film called Chasing Ice which followed a photographer as he attempted to document global warming through pictures.
James Balog began his journey in the sciences with no intention of becoming a photographer. After receiving his degrees he decided crunching numbers really wasn't his style and he began working for National Geographic as a photographer. In 2005 he was given his toughest assignment: to photograph global warming. Heading off to the antarctic, Balog used a series of permanently mounted camera’s to capture tens of thousands of photos of glaciers in Alaska, Canada, Montana, Iceland, and more. The project yielded real photos which depicted the melting glaciers in a way that could never be replicated.
What started out as a research project quickly developed into more than that when director Jeff Orlowski got involved. The epic journey to photograph the glaciers became what is now the riveting movie Chasing Ice. The film was shown to over 500 people at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and Orlowski says he hopes it brings attention to the believers and the skeptics as well. Receiving 3 1/2 stars from the Salt Lake Tribune Chasing Ice is definitely not one to miss. Even skeptics of global warming should see it simply because of the surreal photos which literally cannot be found elsewhere. Chasing Ice is definitely one for the books.
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