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A film by Jeff Orlowski

Runtime: 75 minutes (includes 36, 23, 11, and 6 min versions)

Closed Captioning not included

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About the film

In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk.

Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing 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.

As the debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, 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.



"Stunning...Timely..." - The New York Times

"These images breathe life into an ice world" - Forbes

"Hauntingly Beautiful" - Huffington Post

"Heart Stopping" - Roger Ebert

"Amazingly beautiful" - Five Stars - New York Daily News

"Visually Breathtaking" - Variety


Educational Edition Includes:

Shortened Versions of the film: 6 min, 11 min, 23 min, 36 min, and full length 75 minute version

All curses and expletives have been removed from the film.


Educator Resources:

Specifically designed Screening Guides for:

- Middle School

- High School

- University  

Screening guides include: Tips for leading a successful student discussion, key vocabulary, discussion questions, ethical and moral considerations, art as a scientific process, how students can make a difference, and additional resources to learn more.


Complementary (and free!) Educational Materials related to Climate Change:

Getting The Picture: Our Changing Climate (GTP) is a free, online, multimedia resource for climate science educationcomplementary to the film Chasing Ice. Esteemed scientists, educators, explorers and photographers from around the world have joined together to create interactive, chapter-by-chapter lessons that combine art, science and adventure! GTP is aligned with national education and science standards (NGSS, CCSS, Climate literacy).

Critically acclaimed photographer, James Balog—featured in Emmy Award winning documentary film Chasing Ice—is the founder of Earth Vision Institute and Extreme Ice Survey. Balog’s specialty is traveling to far off places to photograph extreme changes and give a ‘visual voice’ to the planet’s threatened ecosystems. After Chasing Ice was released in 2012, educators from all over the nation approached Balog and his team with a quest for a new kind of adventure—to create Getting The Picture as an interactive educational resource to teach about climate science through art, science and adventure.


*Note: Educators are also invited to join the Getting The Picture Teacher Forum on Facebook to share ideas with other educators around the world!


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