April 23, 2017 6:00 am Last modified: 9:15 pm

St. John Film Society to Screen Award-Winning ‘Chasing Ice’

St. John Film Society Presents “Chasing Ice,” directed by Jeff Orlowski, at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 2, at St. John School of The Arts, Cruz Bay. There is a $5 suggested donation or people can become a 2017 member of SJFS ($40 individual/ $60 couple).


In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge to him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk.

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“Chasing Ice” is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of a changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey.

With a band of young adventurers in tow, he began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. As the debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Balog finds himself at the end of his tether. Battling untested technology in subzero conditions, he comes face to face with his own mortality.

It takes years for him to see the fruits of his labor. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. “Chasing Ice” depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to a carbon-powered planet.

Orlowski’s feature-length documentary was invited to screen at the White House, the United Nations and the United States Congress and has captured over 30 awards from film festivals around the world. It went on to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song, and it has screened on all seven continents.

SJFS is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, Virgin Island Council on the Arts and St. John Community Foundation.

For more information, contact the St. John Film Society by e-mailing stjviff@gmail.com or visiting www.stjohnfilm.com

For more information. contact Andrea E. Leland at 715-0551 or stjviff@gmail.com. Raffle prizes are donated by Tap Room and Bamboola.

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