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Genre Documentary
Running Time 80 min
MPAA rating PG-13 (for brief strong language)
Release Date Nov 9, 2012
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Chasing Ice

Acclaimed 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, Balog deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate.

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November 15, 2012 - Boston.com - By Ty Burr, Globe Staff

The money shots come late in “Chasing Ice,” a documentary about the pioneering glacier photography of James Balog. For more than an hour, we’ve followed him around Iceland, Greenland, and Alaska, as he and his assistants set up cameras facing the great ice sheets, programming them to snap photos at regular intervals. Finally we get the big reveal: The images are arranged as time-lapse sequences in which glaciers melt away like so much butter over the course of a year. As much as one may intellectually believe in climate change, to see it actually happening has the power to stun a viewer into wordlessness. Balog’s work is flip-book apocalypse, and it is undeniable.

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