Chasing Ice returns to Ashland!

The AIFF’s second Thursday benefit screenings continue on September 13th at the Varsity Theatre with two screenings of 2012 festival favorite CHASING ICE. Filmmaker Jeff Orlowski will join us for a live Q&A via Skype immediately following each screening. Don’t miss it! Read more…

Photographer James Balog shoots in Ilulissat Bay, Greenland, March 2008.

Photographer James Balog shoots in Ilulissat Bay, Greenland, March 2008.

Chasing Ice
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Screenings at 5:30p and 8:00p
Varsity Theatre – Ashland 

The AIFF’s second Thursday screenings continue on September 13th with 2012 festival favorite, Chasing Ice. Jeff Orlowski, the film’s director and cinematographer, will be present via Skype for a live Q&A immediately following each screening.  Please join us and spread the word about this special event made possible by the ashland independent film festival with the generous support of our year-round partner Coming Attraction Theatres. Tickets on sale beginning August 25th at the Varsity Theatre box office ($8.50 general admission, $6.50 for AIFF members, seniors and students).

This hauntingly beautiful film documents the Extreme Ice Survey – an unprecedented project conceived by legendary National Geographic photographer James Balog. With a scientific upbringing Balog had been a cynic about the nature of academic research but his first trip north causes him to put his career and his very well-being at risk.

With a team of young assistants he deploys cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. Filmed in Iceland, Greenland, Alaska and Montana, Balog’s stunning videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion. The time-lapse photograpy reveals the glaciers disappearing at an astonishing rate.

Shot and edited over five years, the film depicts one man’s attempt to deliver evidence of global warming. While not overtly political, his unambiguous photographic record goes to the very heart of the issue of climate change. Watch the trailer!