Sundance Selects “Chasing Ice” for 2012 Film Festival Slate

PARK CITY, UTAH, Nov. 30, 2011—The Sundance Film Festival announced today that the Boulder-based film, Chasing Ice, has been selected for its 2012 slate. The film will have its world premiere in Park City, Utah on Monday, January 23, 2012.

The documentary feature, directed by Jeff Orlowski, reveals the work of photographer James Balog and his Extreme Ice Survey (EIS) project. Balog, once a skeptic about climate change, discovers through EIS undeniable evidence of a warming world. Chasing Ice features hauntingly beautiful, multi-year time-lapse videos of vanishing glaciers, while delivering fragile hope to our carbon-powered planet.

The filmmaker formed a team of world class talent to help guide Chasing Ice, including Paula DuPré Pesmen, producer of the 2010 Academy Award®-winning The Cove, and Oscar nominee and producer Jerry Aronson (The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg). The crew also includes writer Mark Monroe (The Cove, The Tillman Story), editor Davis Coombe (The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner), and music by J. Ralph (The Cove, Man on Wire). Sound design and mixing of the film will take place at George Lucas’s Skywalker Sound.

“I’m honored to be the subject of Jeff’s first feature film, and thrilled that our years of hard work on EIS are documented in Chasing Ice,” Balog said. “Our time-lapses can now reach a world stage through Sundance, where viewers can see for themselves the reality of our rapidly changing planet.”

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New “ICE” book to be released Fall 2012

ICE: Portraits of the World’s Vanishing Glaciers (288 pages),celebrating the stupendous forms, colors and textures in arctic and alpine landscapes, will be released in the fall of 2012 in collaboration with Rizzoli, the world-renowned publisher of art books. Terry Tempest Williams, one of America’s most distinguished environmental writers and thinkers, will contribute the foreword.

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Visit Extreme Ice Survey, a project of Earth Vision Institute. EIS is an innovative, long-term photography project that merges art and science to give a “visual voice” to the planet’s changing ecosystems.

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Jökulsárlón Iceland, 2 March 2009. Ice diamond, from ICE: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers. portrait_of_milla Jökulsárlón, Iceland, 16 June 2011. Ice diamond, from ICE: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers Birthday Canyon, Greenland Ice Sheet, 28 June 2009, Adam LeWinter surveys Birthday Canyon, from ICE: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers. Jökulsárlón Iceland, 7 February 2008. Ice diamond. Icebergs float across the lagoon, breaking into smaller and smaller pieces as they go, then flow into the waves of the North Atlantic, from ICE: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers Jökulsárlón, Iceland, 16 June 2011. Ice diamond, from ICE: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers Iceland, April 2010: Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland; ice melts in the foreground. Boulder County, Colorado, September 2010: After Fourmile Canyon Fire. Boulder County, Colorado, September 2010: After Fourmile Canyon Fire. Scorched homesite and melted aluminum chairs, Sunshine Canyon. Louisiana, June 2010: Gulf oil disaster aftermath. Cajun oysterman with grandson holds crude oil-filled net.