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‘Chasing Ice’ screening, talk with James Balog

August 8, 2013
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

"Chasing Ice," the award-winning documentary, featuring time-lapse photographs of Earth's vanishing glaciers, will screen at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12 at The Wild Center in Tupper Lake. Following the film, James Balog, the National Geographic environmental photographer who the film highlights, will join the audience via Skype for a discussion about his work.

This event is free and open to the public.

In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: 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. 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.

For more about the film, visit www.chasingice.com.

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Special thanks to National Geographic Channels for making this presentation possible.

The Wild Center is open daily from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. between Memorial Day and Labor Day. For more information, visit www.wildcenter.org.

 
 

 

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