In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Balog was a skeptic about climate change, but that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history. Within months of that first trip, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying 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. It takes years for Balog 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.
US Documentary — 2012 — 1hr 16min