Chasing Ice

Photographer James Balog installs a time-lapse camera at the Columbia Glacier in Alaska. This camera has lived at the Columbia Glacier for over 5 years, photographing every hour of daylight, and has captured massive retreat at this location. Photo by Tad Pfeffer, PhD.

(2012, dir. Jeff Orlowski, 76 mins., USA)

In 2005, National Geographic photographer James Balog was dispatched to the Arctic on a tricky assignment: to capture images of the Earth's changing climate. Surpassing skepticism and sparked by the challenge, soon the photographer conceived a bold expedition: the Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of adventurers in tow, Balog deployed 30 time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to condense an epic, multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers into minutes of film. This documentary of breathtaking beauty follows the indomitable photographer as he faces his own mortality to gather images of Earth’s climate change in action. The film won the Excellence in Cinematography Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Shown in BluRay.

Presented by the Indianapolis Museum of Art and Heartland Truly Moving Pictures.

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