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© Extreme Ice Survey

Chasing Ice

By : Jeff Orlowski

With : James Balog, Svavar Jónatansson, Louie Psihoyos

Country/Year : USA, 2012

Duration : 76'

Language/Age : English with German subt. / Englische Originalfassung mit deutschen Untertiteln / vo anglaise avec sst. allemand / 14+

Genre : Documentary

Screenings :

Friday 01 March 2013, 19H00

Thursday 07 March 2013, 21H00

Friday 08 March 2013, 09H00

Venues :

Utopia (public)

Utopia (public)

Cinémathèque (schools)

Synopsis :

First skeptic about climate change, the environmental photographer James Balog (National Geographic) conducted the boldest expedition of his life: “The Extreme Ice Survey”. With a group of young adventurers in tow, Balog began using revolutionary time-lapse cameras designed for one purpose: to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers across the brutal Arctic. This breathtakingly beautiful documentary ,tells the story of a visionary artist who, in facing his own mortality, is passing on the magic of photography – with an astonishing variety of shapes, colours, and translucent ice - and the adventure of the expedition to a new generation. He gathers undeniable evidence of our changing planet and delivers hope to our carbon-powered planet.

Director :

In 2007 Stanford student and New York native Jeff Orlowski got his first taste of the Arctic when he worked as a videographer with National Geographic photographer James Balog on the initial expedition of the Extreme Ice Survey (EIS). Jeff’s previous work has taken him to the Tour de France for a behind – the - scenes documentary, and he has photographed and filmed a number of people including Robin Williams, Jane Goodall, and Nelson Mandela.


  • Chasing Ice (documentary), 2012
  • Passing Time (short), 2010
  • The Strange Case of Salman abd al Haqq (short), 2007
  • The Last Good Man (short), 2006
  • Geocaching: From the Web to the Woods (short), 2006

Infos :


23 awards at film festivals around the world:

  • Cinematography Award, Documentary, Sundance Film Festival 2012
  • Audience Awards, South By Southwest Film Festival, Austin 2012
  • Audience Awards, Hot Docs Film Festival 2012
  • Best Feature Documentary, Big Sky Film Festival 2012
  • Norman Vaughan Indomitable Spirit Award, Mountain Film in Telluride 2012

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Critics :

Aesthetics and eco-advocacy are a perfect match in ‘Chasing Ice’, a doc so stuffed with eye-soothing images one prays it can seduce a climate-change skeptic or two.”
By John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter, janvier 2012

“You’ve never seen images like this before… It deserves to be seen and felt on the big screen.”
Robert Redford

“One of the most beautiful films of the year.”
Regina Weinreich, Huffington Post

“Must-see time-lapse visuals.”
Justin Chang, Variety

“Astonishing cinematography and gripping narrative carry the viewer into reaches of the creation rarely encountered by any human. What we find there is beautiful beyond description and, disturbingly, disappearing. Everyone should see this film.”
Rusty Pritchard, Flourish


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