I am a huge fan of documentaries, especially when it pertains to nature. Movies and series such as Frozen Planet, Earth, Oceans and Blue Planet to name a few. I think what I find so appealing about them is that they take me places that I will never get to experience first hand and put me face-to-face with creatures from around the globe that I may never lay eyes upon otherwise.
I also enjoy nature documentaries because I find them very educational and often “eye opening”. My husband can testify that every time I watch a documentary I feel compelled to want to do something about it, especially when it pertains to our fragile environment.
There is a documentary that will hopefully be shown in a theater near you in 2013 called Chasing Ice. Chasing Ice has already received a tremendous of accolades from film organizations around the globe including the Sundance Film Festival and SXSW.
Here is the film’s official synopsis;
In the spring of 2005, National Geographic photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change and a cynic about the nature of academic research. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk.
Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.
As the debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Balog finds himself at the end of his tether. Battling untested technology in subzero conditions, he comes face to face with his own mortality. It takes years for Balog to see the fruits of his labor. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Chasing Ice depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet.
The images that Balog captures is breathtaking. If you have a moment you should check out the trailer. I highly recommend it. I was left in total awe of the images that were captured, as well as how rapidly our landscape is changing (and that is NOT a good thing!).
If you are reading this via e-mail you can find the trailer on the movie’s home page, www.ChasingIce.com.
I think this is a very unique perspective on global warming. Other documentaries focus more upon the life that is effected by the changes in our environment. Chasing Ice provides viewers with undeniable video evidence of how quickly our environment is changing.
I am also very impressed by just how far the filmmakers went to capture these amazing shots.
I always love to hear from my readers. What are YOUR thoughts about the film? Do you think you will see it if it comes to a theater near you?
*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the benefit and enjoyment of my site readers and because I am genuinely concerned about environmental issues. Any comments expressed are my own and are not influenced in any way.