Chasing Ice

Synopsis: 'National Geographic' photographer James Balog was once a skeptic about climate change. But through his Extreme Ice Survey, he discovers undeniable evidence of our changing planet. In 'Chasing Ice,' we follow Balog across the Arctic as he deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras designed for one purpose: to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers. Balog's hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Traveling with a young team of adventurers by helicopter, canoe and dog sled across three continents, Balog risks his career and his well-being in pursuit of the biggest story in human history. As the debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramp up around the world, 'Chasing Ice' depicts a heroic photojournalist on a mission to gather evidence and deliver hope to our carbon-powered planet
Director(s): Jeff Orlowski
Production: National Geographic
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
75 min

It's hard not to be impressed

when you see entire houses being swept away

by flood waters in the West

Fires stretch from one end

of Texas to the other.


a dozen tornadoes have already been spotted

Liberals will

say, well if it's cold,

it's global warming, if it's

snowing it's global warming,

if it's hot it's global

warming... there's nothing

that doesn't prove that

there's... it's global warming.

VO... MSNBC The latest estimates

for rebuilding from Irene,

already seven billion dollars.


2011 is now on track

to be the most expensive year

ever for weather related damage.


A drought of historic proportions

has hit Nepal.

The horror

of raging wildfires has

again returned to Russia.


The say it was

like nothing they've ever seen before.

16 of the last 20 years

are the hottest on record.

The science is not in

It is in


Stuart quit saying that.

The debate is over.

No, the debate is not over

The globe

is actually cooling

and has been cooling since 2002.

The consensus

is that there is no consensus.

I mean how

do you not... global warming

is real.


about to self implode here.

The ice

caps, the poles, are not going

to melt, the oceans are not

going to flood the coast...

I promise you, 20 years from today,

I'll be the one that's laughing.

The worst

that would happen is

that I'd just get really wet

if I just stood in place.


You fall, you try to run,

you bang your knee on a piece

of ice, and you bust your knee.

Ah, I just...

I have to get this picture.

The first

time I worked with James,

It was obvious how he goes

about things, you know?

Alright quickly!

Cause this light won't last forever.

He pushes

it... he's looking for something.

You do

have rope in the car?


Go back

and get whatever you have.


Alright, I'm,

I'm almost certain to get wet, Okay?

In fact, I think I'm so certain to get wet,

I'll take my boots off.


it was very interesting

because it was his first real encounter

at looking at ice in that way.

He really did fall in love with it.


this limitless Universe

of forms out there...

That is just, surreal, other worldly.

Sculptural, architectural...

insanely, ridiculously beautiful.

And that's when I though,

okay, the story is in the ice.


I was umm, about 25 or so, I guess.

And I was finishing my master's

degree in Geomorphology.

And um, I loved the science,

but I wasn't interested in

being a scientist.

The modern world of science

was all about statistics

and computer modeling and

that just wasn't me.

I had no contacts in the photo world,

I had no knowledge of the photo world.

But, youthful brashness can

take you a long way,

make things happen, so,

that's how it worked.

I had this idea that

the most powerful issue

of our time was the interaction

of humans and nature.

One of the subjects I started to

look at involved people hunting.

But they were bloody, gory,

horrific pictures, hard to look

at... hard for me to

look at even today.

And so, when I had this idea

to look at endangered wildlife,

I realized that I needed

to show these things

in a more seductive fashion.

I had to look at it in ways

that would engage

people... pull them in.


always taken the big view.

You know? He's not looking

at this little micro slice.

He's really looking at

what humanity is doing

from a very large perspective.

His books... they force you

to regard nature in a way

that you're not accustomed to looking at em.

He's forcing you to think.

He's forcing me to think.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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