While An Inconvenient Truth (2006) may have been the film to push climate change into the public consciousness, Chasing Ice with its evocative and simplistic message will hopefully be the film to herald a much needed change in direction and promote some decisive action. Chasing Ice is a magical, yet horrifying film which both astounds and enlightens in equal measure.
Excellence in Cinematography – Sundance 2012
Audience Award Festival Favorites – SXSW 2012
Audience Award – River Run Film Festival 2012
People’s Choice Award – Hot Docs 2012
Directed and photographed by Jeff Orlowski
USA - NR - 76 mins
Even taken out of context the rich imagery presented through James Balog's striking photography would be enough to truly mesmerise any audience. Capturing the never-ending variations and endless beauty of the ice, Balog's imagery wonderfully encapsulates the fragility of nature while simultaneously presenting us with its awe-inspiring scope and majesty. However, combine these sumptuous visuals with a profoundly devastating message about the changing face of the earth and you have a truly effective documentary commendable for never patronising or blinding the audience with science - as the saying goes a picture can tell a thousand words.