Rarely do I take off breathless in conversation over movies
that are documentaries! But “Chasing Ice” is an unusual type of
movie. It is directed by Jeff Orlowski, filming extreme ice and
climate change effects on glaciers. It was released in November,
2012 in the United States. It can be found on the internet and
The man behind this project who helped set up cameras and is
on an Extreme Ice Survey team based in Boulder, Colorado, is
They recorded over time major effects, including what they term
a “glacier calving event” on Jakobshavn Glacier, Greenland. This
extreme ice story shows remarkable footage of the beautiful,
almost blue Jello-colored glaciers. There are cracks, fissures and
a large portion of melted, irreplaceable ice ‘mountains.’
This film was nominated for some Academy Awards, receiving
one for Best Song, “Before My Time,” (written by J. Ralph).
It is a hauntingly beautiful song, as you can imagine, how things
are disappearing right before our eyes, due to Global Warming.
Sung by the actress, Scarlett Johansson and Joshua Bell, it made
quite an impression on me while watching the award given.
While you watch the song, you also get over 3 minutes of footage
of the Greenland project. It is breath-taking and worth your time!
“Chasing Ice” also won Best Documentary at the Sundance Film
Mainly, if you wish to get a “feel” of this thought provoking film,
look up the title and see where it leads you. Walking over the
crunchy ice with his children, James Balog narrates this with
heartfelt words. There is a section of the movie, where you can
note in your mind how an iced version of a Grand Canyon-sized
mind-blowing rent cuts between the ice walls. When a year later,
they come back, the change is so tremendous that you may not
even believe it is possible! It is not recognizable except they have
the measure of how far from point A it took to get to point B.
The Extreme Ice Survey team has over 30 time-lapsed cameras
posted all over the world including Iceland, Greenland and Alaska.
They have cameras at Mount Everest and Glacier National Forest.
If this literally showed up in footage of our beloved Grand Canyon,
you would be very concerned of the erosion. There would be outrage!
In this other case, it is melting almost before your eyes!