The EcoSociety, the Nelson Star, and FLIKS (Film Lovers in the Kootenays) are bringing in the great new eco-adventure film CHASING ICE to the Capitol Theatre in Nelson, on Wednesday, January 23rd.

Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of a first trip to Iceland, photographer James Balog conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary 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. Battling untested technology in subzero conditions, he comes face to face with his own mortality. 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. Chasing Ice depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet.

The film will be introduced by Bill McKibben via live video link, and there will be a panel discussion following the film.

Panelists will be:

  • Mel Reasoner, geologist and former Technical Advisor to CBT’s Climate Change Adaptation Program
  • Fiona Galbraith, City of Nelson Corporate Greenhouse Gas Reduction Coordinator 
  • Mark Nykanen, Journalist and Author
  • Michael Jessen, Zero-Waste Energy Consultant