Saturday, December 1, 2012

Chasing Ice: Must See Documentary

At his lecture this week, Bill McKibben advised everyone to go see the new National Geographic Documentary:  Chasing Ice

Summary from Variety review:
The case for climate change is mounted in visually breathtaking yet conventional fashion in "Chasing Ice." Following the exhaustive efforts of photographer-scientist James Balog to capture irrefutable evidence of the world's glaciers in retreat, first-time helmer Jeff Orlowski's documentary supplies a heroic human-interest angle on global warming that's ultimately less remarkable than the grandeur of its arctic imagery. Emphasis on the picture's must-see time-lapse visuals could help National Geographic's Sundance pickup overcome the usual theatrical-docu hurdles before edutainment/ancillary payoff.

"Chasing Ice's" raison d'etre is easily the stunning EIS photography of glaciers receding worldwide; the painstakingly captured images are presented in time-lapse montages that proceed with a slight jerkiness, showing the gradual but inexorable reduction of enormous ice blankets into mere patches of white. Graphs, diagrams and other visual aids comparing glacier sizes from one year to the next are deftly deployed, lending credence to the alarming revelation that there has been as much glacier reduction in the past decade as in the preceding century."

Watch the trailer:

Currently playing in Evanston and at the Music Box Theater.

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