With all this talk in Doha about climate change and what the international community should be doing about it, sometimes it’s good to get a reality check from those out in the field. A new film being screened this week (December 7 – 11) at the Bytowne Theatre in Ottawa does just that.
Dubbed by some as the new “Inconvenient Truth,” Chasing Ice chronicles the work of National Geographic photographer James Balog and his Extreme Ice Survey, which is a visual legacy of how climate change and other human activity is impacting the planet. The documentary looks at how Balog captured climate change on film by placing two dozen time-lapse cameras throughout the Arctic and other areas to document melting glaciers. Using these cameras, his videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate.
To find out more about Chasing Ice, I caught up with the director Jeff Orlowski, on the phone from Boulder, Colorado. Jeff began filming on the initial expedition of the Extreme Ice Survey. That winter, the team scouted and filmed glaciers that now appear in the documentary feature film. In our interview, Geoff tells me about the filmmakers’ incredible journey and how the entire crew was both stunned and transformed by what they witnessed.
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