January 18 — January 24
|Sat & Sun||2:00||5:00||7:00|
|Mon, Wed, Thurs*||5:30|
Unless otherwise noted, films begin on Friday and run through the next Thursday.
*There will be no showing of Chasing Ice on Tuesday, January 22nd
The idea of using time-lapse photography to watch icebergs melt doesn’t exactly grab potential viewers by the lapels and announce itself as gripping cinema. In actuality, though, this experiment is incredibly absorbing, even mesmerizing—video footage that quietly warns us of world catastrophe has never been so hauntingly beautiful. Five years ago, National Geographic photographer James Balog led a team of scientists and engineers to set up cameras at key locations in Alaska, Montana, and Greenland, in order to film glacier movement over long periods of time (it was called the Extreme Ice Survey, and as viewers will see from the remote nooks and crannies that the team managed to find, it truly was “extreme”). The study was designed to test theories of devastating climate change caused by pollution. What keeps this from becoming a shrill environmentalist tract is the breathtaking magnificence of its imagery, captured not only by Balog but by Jeff Orlowski, who directed and did the cinematography for this amazing film. Orlowski and Balog know that pictures speak a thousand times more eloquently than words, and Chasing Ice lets the footage do most of the talking. No political rhetoric can top the sight of an iceberg the size of Manhattan breaking away from the main glacier and falling into the sea. This is climate change that can’t be denied (though as Balog laments, people will still find a way to ignore it). The study’s findings went beyond what Balog predicted—the implications were (no pun intended) chilling. And nothing Balog photographed was faked. Over 800,000 frames were collected from special Nikon cameras designed to withstand 150 mph winds, ice storms, and temperatures of -40˚F (each camera apparatus weighed about 140 lbs and had to be anchored to the ground with wires). The cameras were set to shoot one picture every 30 minutes during the day, or about 8,000 pictures a year. Setting aside the importance of this study, the incredibly hard work and ingenuity alone earn our admiration and respect. See for yourself. Enter Chasing Ice with an open mind, and determine afterwards just how convincing it is.
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