Balog assembles a crack team and sets out to gain visual evidence of our planet’s retreating glaciers by painstakingly capturing time-lapse footage over a number of years. Director Orlowski shoots a travel log of the mission intercut with the usual ominous looking graphs and interviews with straight shooting intellectuals. The documentary feels a little sparse at times but unlike many of its kind it chooses sentimentality over scaremongering, portraying these vanishing behemoths not as something to fear, but an endangered species.
Chasing Ice | Directed by Jeff Orlowski, (USA 2012), with James Balog. Starts November 7
Originally published in issue #121, November 2013