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'Chasing Ice': New documentary eyes climate change, glacier disappearance in the Arctic

Peter RainerThe Christian Science Monitor
Florian Schulz / visionsofthewild.com photo

Award-winning photographer James Balog was a climate change skeptic until he trained his cameras on the inexorably eroding glaciers of the Arctic. Jeff Orlowski’s “Chasing Ice” documents the intrepid – some might say borderline crazy – efforts by Balog and his team to endure the brutal climate and document the catastrophe. The rapid disappearance of ice mountains, filmed over a period of years, is compressed through time-lapse technology into minutes and seconds. The speeded-up effect is harrowing and also, disturbingly, eerily beautiful. Grade: B+ (Rated PG-13 for brief strong language.)