Telling the Earth’s story

Awareness film night screening documentary "Chasing Ice"

Awareness Film Night presents Chasing Ice

On December 11  at 7 p.m., Awareness Film Night will be screening the documentary Chasing Ice.

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 opened his eyes. 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 using revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. 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 labour.

These hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear. The stunning visuals are augmented by interviews with glaciologists and climate scientists and the occasional chart and graph.

“You’ve never seen images like this before — it deserves to be seen and felt on the big screen” is the message from Robert Redford.  Since the film will not be in the Awareness Film Night library, big screen it is!

And for theatregoers at the EMCS theatre, there is the added pleasure of viewing it via the brand new projector purchased with funds from the EMCS Society and a grant from the District of Sooke.

As always, admission is by donation.

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