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Chasing Ice


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.


  • The New York Times
    "Full of stunning images in addition to being timely"
    Neil Genzlinger
  • Time Magazine
    Lily Rothman
  • Forbes
    "The images breathe life into an ice world that maybe, just maybe, we can preserve if we get onto emergency footing"
    David Ferris
  • Huffington Post
    "one of the most beautiful and important films ever made"
    Michael Rose
  • Roger Ebert
    ⭐⭐⭐ "Heart stopping coverage of the brave and risky"
    Roger Ebert
  • New York Daily News
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐"This amazingly beautiful, and amazingly frightening, documentary captures the immediacy of what climate change is doing to the Arctic landscape."
    Joe Neumaier
  • Variety
    Visually breathtaking; A heroic human-interest angle on global warming
    Justin Chang

Festival Participation

  • Sundance Film Festival - 2012
    Excellence in Cinematography Award: US Documentary
  • Berkshire Film Festival - 2012
    Best Documentary
  • Big Sky Film Festival - 2012
    Best Documentary
  • Crested Butte Film Festival - 2012
    Best Documentary
  • South By Southwest Film Festival - 2012
    Audience Award
  • Hot Docs Film Festival - 2012
    Audience Award
  • Palo Alto Film Festival - 2012
    Audience Award
  • Princeton Environmental Film Festival - 2012
    Audience Award
  • River Run Film Festival - 2012
    Audience Award
  • Take One Action Film Festival - 2012
    Audience Award
  • CinemaEye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking - 2012
  • Full Frame Film Festival - 2012
  • Silverdocs Film Festival - 2012
  • Ashland Film Festival - 2012
  • Camden Film Festival - 2012
  • Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival - 2012
  • Melbourne International Film Festival - 2012
  • San Francisco Film Festival - 2012
  • Sarasota Film Festival - 2012
  • Sheffield Doc/Fest - 2012

Discussion Guides

  • For University Students
    Intended for university professors, student campus groups or university viewing parties, led by a group facilitator
  • For High School Students
    Intended for guided, respectful student discussions, with discussion notes taken, follow up questions to summarize ideas, and encouraging alternate perspectives
  • For Middle School Students
    Intended for guided, respectful student discussions, led by discussion questions with a relevant vocabulary, encouraging action in the classroom, like energy or waste audit, plans for daily change, etc.
  • Q&A by the Chasing Ice Team
    The responses in this guide were compiled from the team members at various festivals across America
  • General Discussion Guide
    The helpful guide includes a film introduction, top discussion questions and ideas on what individuals can do to help
  • Screening Guide
    Use this guide before holding a screening, to plan it ahead of time, including tips prior to the screening day, on the day of the screening, during the screening itself and a post-film discussion

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