GenreDocumentary, Biography Duration CountryUnited States
Release dateJanuary 23, 2012 (2012-01-23) (Sundance Film Festival)
November 16, 2012 (2012-11-16) (United States) Initial releaseNovember 9, 2012 (New York City) AwardsNews & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Nature Programming, Satellite Award for Best Documentary Film CastJames Balog (Himself - Photographer), Svavar Jonatansson (Himself - Photo Assistant), Adam LeWinter (Himself - EIS Engineer (as Adam Lewinter)), Louie Psihoyos (Himself - Photographer & Oscar Winning Filmmaker), Kitty Boone (Herself - The Aspen Institute), Sylvia Earle (Herself - National Geographic Explorer (as Sylvia Earle Ph.D.)) Similar moviesThe 11th Hour, An Inconvenient Truth, The Great Global Warming Swindle, The Day After Tomorrow, Home, Global Dimming
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Chasing Ice is a 2012 documentary film about the efforts of nature photographer James Balog and his Extreme Ice Survey (EIS) to publicize the effects of climate change, directed by Jeff Orlowski. It was released in the United States on November 16, 2012.
The documentary includes scenes from a glacier calving event that took place at Jakobshavn Glacier in Greenland, lasting 75 minutes, the longest such event ever captured on film. Two EIS videographers waited several weeks in a small tent overlooking the glacier, and were finally able to witness 7.4 cubic kilometres (1.8 cu mi) of ice crashing off the glacier. "The calving of a massive glacier believed to have produced the ice that sank the Titanic is like watching a city break apart."
chasing ice captures largest glacier calving ever filmed official video
Environmental photographer James Balog heads to Greenland, Iceland and Alaska in order to capture images that will help to convey the effects of global warming. Balog was initially skeptical about climate change when the issue entered scientific discussion, but after his first trip north, he becomes convinced of the impact that humans have on the planet and becomes committed to bringing the story to the public.
Within months of the first trip to Iceland, Balog initiates The Extreme Ice Survey - an expedition to collect data on the seasonal changes of glaciers. Balog and his team deploy cameras that utilize time-lapse photography across various places in the Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s glaciers.
The expedition starts off poorly as the team is plagued by numerous technical problems and camera malfunctions. Meanwhile, due to the extreme physical nature of the expeditions, Balog's personal health suffers in the form of knee complications.
After making improvements to the equipment, Balog and his team are finally able to collect time-lapse photos that depict the drastic erosion and disappearance of enormous, ancient glaciers.
As of October 2013, this film has a rating of 96% on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 68 reviews and an average score of 7.6/10. The film won the Satellite Award for Best Documentary Film.
The film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song for the song "Before My Time," written by J. Ralph and performed by Scarlett Johansson and Joshua Bell.