Chasing Ice: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Climate Change is an idea that is difficult to internalize. We can mourn the polar bears (as surely, we eventually will) and get it, intellectually, that not only do we face serious challenges in the coming years, we face them today.

Still, it’s hard to grok, to take it in. It’s a downer, for sure.

The subject has gotten short shrift in the recent election “discourse”. Yet, it seems clear that no greater concern exists. Economic and political issues are subject to change. If we have to spend $50 billion to pick up the pieces after Hurricane Sandy, what are the implications for our dollar-based way of life, going forward? Maybe it’s time that we wake up and smell the atmosphere burning?

Is climate change still controversial? Really?

You should see Chasing Ice.

The Extreme Ice Project puts an end to the agenda-driven gibberish. The amazing time lapse sequences tell it like it is: the unblinking eye of James Balog’s camera is unmistakable. Glaciers implode, writhe, disappear. Before our eyes.

But wait: it’s a beautiful film. Balog has a delicate eye, an eye for detail as well as the big picture. Every frame of this film is well-composed and gorgeous. If you – like I – have an appreciation for the beauty of  northern landscapes, you’ll be in heaven. That holy blue light, the realm of glaciers and ice caves. Visually, it’s astounding.

This is the ultimate manifestation of the axiom,  a picture is worth a thousand words. A million, perhaps.

Chasing Ice is playing at the Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay St. in Bellingham, starting November 23rd. Showtimes  here



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