© Chasing Ice

WILD continues its long-standing support and involvement of James Balog & the Extreme Ice Survey and their commitment to climate change through Chasing Ice! We are proud to be a Conservation Communications Partner of this very important and timely documentary film. We are working closely with the Chasing Ice team, as we have with Jim for many years, to assure that the public has access to the film, understands the implications that it dramatically presents, and can act on its message. Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing – and warming – planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.

James Balog at Columbia Glacier, Alaska, seen with two EIS time-lapse cameras, late August 2009.

As the story unfolds, the climate change debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, and Balog finds himself at the end of his tether. Battling untested technology in subzero conditions, he comes face to face with his own mortality. It takes years for Balog to see the fruits of his labor. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Chasing Ice depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet. In 2007, Chasing Ice Director/Producer Jeff Orlowski got his first taste of the Arctic when as a Stanford student he seized an opportunity to work as a videographer with National Geographic photographer James Balog on the initial expedition of The Extreme Ice Survey (EIS). That winter, the EIS team scouted and filmed glaciers that now appear in the documentary feature film Chasing Ice.

Chasing Ice Director Jeff Orlowski films in Survey Canyon, Greenland, in the summer of 2009.

Orlowski, a New York native, has been filming the EIS project around the world, working in some of the most extreme conditions imaginable on locations in Iceland, Greenland, Bolivia, the Alps, Alaska, and Glacier National Park, Montana. His imagery has exhibited at The Denver Museum of Nature and Science; The Aspen Institute; The Scripps Institute; The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, 2009; and before the U.S Congress on Capitol Hill. Chasing Ice has won 23 awards at film festivals around the world, not to mention the film was short-listed for the 2013 Academy Awards! Other awards include:

  • SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL – Excellence in Cinematography Award: US Documentary
  • The Environmental Media Association’s 22nd Annual BEST DOCUMENTARY AWARD
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Chasing Ice at Sundance