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Movie review: ‘Chasing Ice’

Posted 1:04pm on Thursday, Apr. 18, 2013

Unrated; 75 min.

Watching a glacier can be like watching paint dry until something happens. And it happens, repeatedly, in Jeff Orlowski’s fascinating documentary Chasing Ice.

Chasing Ice, a winner at numerous film festivals, documents the Extreme Ice Survey, founded by acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog. Several years ago, he set out with a crew to place cameras in various locations to document definitively whether the glaciers were receding. They are, and alarmingly so.

The photography is often beautiful but it’s disturbing.

Though the film is dedicated to showcasing Balog’s remarkable work, it’s also a moving portrait of a man determined to follow his quest against all odds.

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Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times

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