Academy Award ® Nominee—Best Original Song, “Before My Time” | Winner—Excellence in Cinematography Award: Sundance Film Festival | Winner—Best Documentary Award: Environmental Media Association, Berkshire Film Festival, and Big Sky Film Festival | Winner—Audience Award: South By Southwest, Hot Docs, River Run, Palo Alto, Berwick, Port Townsend, DocuWest, Take One Action, and Brattleboro film festivals
Exclusive area screening—Join us for a discussion after the film
Friday, March 1 at 7pm at the historic Bangor Opera House, home of the Penobscot Theatre • 131 Main St. Bangor (map)
Admission: $8, tickets available at the door or buy online
2012 | Rated PG-13 (brief strong language) | 80m | Directed by Jeff Orlowski
Post-film discussion panel will include: Climatologist Dr. George Jacobson, environmental lawyer Sharon Tisher, glaciologist Gordon Hamilton, and 350 Maine organizer Read Brugger.
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.
About the panel
George L. Jacobson is Professor Emeritus of Biology, Ecology, and Climate Change at the University of Maine. Since his arrival in Maine in 1979, Dr. Jacobson has been a member of the Climate Change Institute, and he was Director of the Institute for nearly a decade. He currently has the honor of serving as the Maine State Climatologist.
Sharon S. Tisher, J.D., is a graduate of Harvard University (B.A.English) and Harvard Law School. She practiced as a trial lawyer in Connecticut for 15 years, then returned to her home state of Maine. She has taught at the University of Maine for 18 years, with a joint appointment in the Honors College and the School of Economics. She teaches courses in environmental law and energy, law and the environment. She was trained last summer by Nobel Laureate Al Gore and others at “Climate Reality” to give the updated version of Gore’s slide show on climate, and welcomes invitations to bring the show to your organization.
Gordon Hamilton is a glaciologist and an Associate Professor of Climate Science at the University of Maine. His research focuses on the interaction between ice sheets, climate and sea level, and involves regular fieldwork in Greenland, Antarctica, Alaska and the Arctic.
Read Brugger is on the leadership team of 350 Maine. He and his equally involved wife Heidi live in Freedom. They first became active in the global movement to stop climate change when Bill McKibben received an honorary degree from Unity College in 2006. Both Read and Heidi were arrested at the White House in August 2011 as part of the Keystone XL protest. In January 2012 they joined with Portland’s Bob Klotz to form 350 Maine. Read is the Maine State coordinator of 350.org’s divestment campaign.
“Stunning… Timely… A solitary quest with global implications” —Neil Genzlinger, New York Times