Chasing Ice By Camilla Hellman

Lindblad Cove, on the western Antarctic Peninsula (image courtesy of James Balog, Extreme Ice Survey)

Lindblad Cove, on the western Antarctic Peninsula (image courtesy of James Balog, Extreme Ice Survey)

Chasing Ice – winner of the 2014 News and Documentary Emmy® Award for Outstanding Nature Programming in partnership with National Geographic – is a stunning documentary directed by Jeff Orlowski. Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering photographic evidence of our changing planet.

During his first trip to Iceland in 2007, James Balog (the subject of Chasing Ice), conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey (EIS). With a band of young adventurers in tow, he began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers, whilst battling untested technology in sub-zero conditions. The Extreme Ice Survey is a long-term photography project that integrates art and science to give a visual voice to the planet’s changing ecosystems. The hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and captures ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breath-taking rate.

Orne Harbor on the Antarctic Peninsula (image courtesy of James Balog, Extreme Ice Survey)

Orne Harbor on the Antarctic Peninsula (image courtesy of James Balog, Extreme Ice Survey)

Currently, 41 cameras are deployed at 23 glaciers in Greenland, Iceland, Antarctica, South Georgia, Alaska and the Rocky Mountains of the US. These cameras record changes in the glaciers every hour, year-round during daylight. EIS supplements the time-lapse record with episodic photography in the French and Swiss Alps, Canada, Iceland, Antarctica and Bolivia. The total EIS pictorial archive totals over one million frames.

Chasing Ice premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, where it received the Excellence in Cinematography Award for US Documentary and received an Academy Award® Nomination for Best Original Song, Before My Time by composer J. Ralph, performed by Scarlett Johansson and Joshua Bell. Since its premiere, the film has won over 40 awards worldwide.

With the theatrical release of the film, Chasing Ice has hit $1.3 million in domestic total box office gross. To learn more, visit www.earthvisioninstitute.org, or see www.extremeicesurvey.org.

Adam LeWinter surveys Birthday Canyon, Greenland Ice Sheet, Greenland (image courtesy of James Balog, Extreme Ice Survey)

Adam LeWinter surveys Birthday Canyon, Greenland Ice Sheet, Greenland (image courtesy of James Balog, Extreme Ice Survey)

James Balog will be delivering a lecture entilted Human Tectonics: Ice, Fire And Life In The Anthropocene, which will explore the collision between people and nature through his encounters with elemental substances — lava, forests, wildlife, ice, fire. Balog’s first-hand accounts and photographic testimony make for a provocative and riveting multi-media presentation, celebrating the amazing beauty of nature but at the same time, challenging us to create a new relationship with the non-human natural world. The lecture will take place at the Regent Street Cinema, 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2UW on Wednesday 2nd December. See more at here.