Chasing Ice

( USA / 2012 )
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.
Formats: Digital Copy, DVD
Running Time: 75 min.
Theme: Activism, Current Affairs, Ecology, Environment, Education, Investigative Journalism, Law and Justice, Personal Story, Photography see all »
Language(s): English
Director(s): Jeff Orlowski
Producer(s): Jeff Orlowski
Available regions: Canada, United States, see all »
Chasing Ice


  • "Stunning...Timely..."
    The New York Times
  • "These images breathe life into an ice world"
  • "Hauntingly Beautiful"
    Huffington Post
  • "Heart Stopping"
    Roger Ebert
  • "Amazingly beautiful" - Five Stars
    New York Daily News
  • "Visually Breathtaking"

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awards & accolades

  • Sundance Film Festival - Excellence in Cinematography Award: US Documentary
  • Berkshire Film Festival - Best Documentary
  • Big Sky Film Festival - Best Documentary
  • Crested Butte Film Festival - Best Documentary
  • South By Southwest Film Festival - Audience Award
  • Hot Docs Film Festival - Audience Award
  • Palo Alto Film Festival - Audience Award
  • Princeton Environmental Film Festival - Audience Award
  • River Run Film Festival - Audience Award
  • Take One Action Film Festival - Audience Award
  • CinemaEye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking - CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARD
  • Silverdocs Film Festival - REACT TO FILM SOCIAL ISSUE AWARD

Festival participation

  • Sundance Film Festival 2012
  • Berkshire Film Festival 2012
  • Big Sky Film Festival 2012
  • Crested Butte Film Festival 2012
  • South By Southwest Film Festival 2012
  • Hot Docs Film Festival 2012
  • Palo Alto Film Festival 2012
  • Princeton Environmental Film Festival 2012
  • River Run Film Festival 2012
  • Take One Action Film Festival 2012
  • CinemaEye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking 2012
  • Full Frame Film Festival 2012
  • Silverdocs Film Festival 2012
  • Ashland Film Festival 2012
  • Camden Film Festival 2012
  • Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival 2012
  • Melbourne International Film Festival 2012
  • San Francisco Film Festival 2012
  • Sarasota Film Festival 2012
  • Sheffield Doc/Fest 2012

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Additional Info

Production Company: Exposure Labs
Distribution Company: ro*co films

Chasing Ice

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