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‘Chasing Ice’ screening in Grand Junction

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WHAT: Film showing of award-winning “Chasing Ice,” a documentary about global warming

WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Mesa Theater and Club, 538 Main St., Grand Junction

COST: Free

INFO: 970-241-1717; http://www.chasingice.com

“National Geographic” photographer James Balog went to the Arctic in the spring of 2005 to begin photographing the “biggest story in human history” — about Earth’s warming and the resulting changing climate.

Along with a team of adventurers, Balog used revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s melting glaciers.

Those images are featured in the documentary “Chasing Ice” — a film to be shown in Grand Junction, Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. at the Mesa Theater and Club, 538 Main St. A question and answer session with a panel of experts will follow the film.

According to the website — http://www.chasingice.com — Balog’s “hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate.”

Directed and produced by Jeff Orlowski, “Chasing Ice” has won more than 30 awards at film festivals around the world, including Sundance Film Festival’s Excellence in Cinematography Award; Best Documentary Award from the Environmental Media Association; and the Renewable Natural Resources Foundation’s 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award.

In 2007, Orlowski worked with Balog as a videographer on Balog’s initial expedition of The Extreme Ice Survey, “the most wide-ranging, ground-based, photographic study of glaciers ever conducted,” according to http://www.chasingice.com. His team scouted and filmed glaciers that appear in the film “Chasing Ice.”

Balog’s work was also featured in “National Geographic” in June 2007 and June 2010 issues, as well as the 2009 NOVA documentary called “Extreme Ice.”

The Missouri School of Journalism recognized The Extreme Ice Survey with the Honor Medal for Distinguished Service. Balog’s work was also given the Aspen Institute’s Visual Arts and Design Award.

In 2011, Balog was named Person of the Year by PhotoMedia magazine.

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