We are enthused and proud to announce that the 2012 Sundance Film Festival has accepted Chasing Ice, a film documenting the pioneering climate change work of Extreme Ice Survey, one of WILD’s partner projects. EIS, founded and lead by visionary conservation photographer Jim Balog, is an innovative, long-term photography project that merges art and science to give a “visual voice” to the planet’s changing ecosystems. One aspect of EIS is an extensive portfolio of single-frame photos celebrating the beauty–the art and architecture–of ice. The other aspect of EIS is time-lapse photography; currently, 27 cameras are deployed at 18 glaciers in Greenland, Iceland, the Nepalese Himalaya, Alaska and the Rocky Mountains of the U.S.
The documentary feature, directed by Jeff Orlowski, reveals the work of photographer James Balog and his Extreme Ice Survey project. Balog, once a skeptic about climate change, discovers through EIS undeniable evidence of a warming world. Chasing Ice features hauntingly beautiful, multi-year time-lapse videos of vanishing glaciers, while delivering fragile hope to our carbon-powered planet. The film will have its world premiere in Park City, Utah on Monday, January 23, 2012.
Orlowski, 27, joined the EIS team in 2007. He filmed Balog across the Arctic, as EIS worked to install solar-powered, time-lapse cameras in Greenland, Iceland and Alaska. “It was a fulltime job just keeping up with James. But after a year of documenting him and his team’s camera network, I knew that we had the footage to tell an important and powerful story that needed to be shared,” Orlowski said.