‘Chasing Ice’ documentary to be presented at Star Hall
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Jeffery Orlowski, the director of “Chasing Ice,” shoots film footage in Uummannaq, Greenland, in the summer of 2007. Courtesy photos
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Climate change, the debate that has polarized the U.S., is the focus of “Chasing Ice,” a 2012 documentary that explores the effects of global warming on the Arctic.

It will be screened Thursday, April 25, at 7 p.m. at Star Hall, 125 E. Center St. Admission is free, although donations will be accepted. It is another presentation in the Utah Film Circuit: Moab in conjunction with the Grand County Public Library.

“Chasing Ice” recounts the experiences of environmental photographer James Balog, who went to the Arctic in 2005 on assignment for National Geographic. His task was to capture images telling the story of the earth’s changing climate.

Balog had been skeptical about global warming despite his scientific upbringing. But the trip to Iceland exposed him to what has been called the biggest story in human history, at once challenging him as a photographer and putting his career and his life on the line.

Balog’s mission was to capture undeniable evidence that the planet’s climate is changing. It prompted him to conceive the boldest expedition of his life – The Extreme Ice Survey. Accompanied by a team of adventurers and scientists, Balog deployed state-of-the-art time-lapse cameras across the Arctic to capture a multi-year record of changing glaciers.

The film includes scenes of a calving glacier, which took 75 minutes and is the longest such event ever captured on film.

To complete his dangerous survey, Balog battled untested technology in subzero temperatures, and in doing so came face to face with his own mortality.

His videos compress years into seconds, recording ancient mountains of ice as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. The former skeptic became convinced of the reality of climate change, and dedicated himself to publicizing the effects on our carbon-powered planet.

“Chasing Ice” was named Best Documentary at the Berkshire Film Festival, the Big Sky Film Festival, and the Crested Film Festival. It also won the Norman Vaughan Indomitable Spirit Award at MountainFilm in Telluride, Colo.

The documentary’s “Before My Time” was an Academy Award nominee for Best Original Song.

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