Saturday, 28 April 2012

Chasing Ice ★★★★★

One of the most highly anticipated films to feature in this year's inaugural Sundance Londonprogramme was the National Geographic-funded documentary Chasing Ice (2012). Director Jeff Orlowski has painstakingly created a fascinating and powerful movie about climate change by presenting the audience with the globally important work of photographer James Balog and his Extreme Ice Survey Project - a film so eye-opening and socially important that it demands to be seen.

Acclaimed wildlife photographer James Balog openly admits he (like many of us) used to be 'sceptical' about climate change, however, his viewpoint changed dramatically when learning about ice core research. Despite attracting his attention to the man-made effects on the climate he still found it difficult to connect with scientific number crunching and attempted to use his skills of photography to capture some tangible proof of the devastating effects our carbon powered society is impacting onto the environment. Orlowski's documentary follows Balog as he set about positioning numerous static cameras around the glaciers of Alaska, Iceland and Greenland in order to use revolutionary time lapse photography to capture the true extend of the glacier recession as they disappear at an astounding rate.


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