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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.

Running Time: 75 min.
Subject(s): Activism, Current Affairs, Ecology, Environment, Education, Investigative Journalism, Law and Justice, Personal Story, Photography, Politics, Science
Language(s): English
Producer(s): Jeff Orlowski
Production Company: Exposure Labs


  • The New York Times
  • Forbes
    "These images breathe life into an ice world"
  • Huffington Post
    "Hauntingly Beautiful"
  • Roger Ebert
    "Heart Stopping"
  • New York Daily News
    "Amazingly beautiful" - Five Stars
  • Variety
    "Visually Breathtaking"

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

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