‘Chasing Ice’ at Sebastiani
A scene inside a melting ice field from James Balog’s film “Chasing Ice.”
The most graphic evidence of climate change, and the trapped greenhouse gasses that have raised the planet’s temperature toward a high fever, can be seen in the accelerated melting of the planet’s ice fields, from arctic glaciers to the vast sheets of ice coating Greenland and Antarctica.
Now adventure photographer James Balog has captured the exotic beauty and the mesmerizing menace of all that melting by traversing the breathtaking topography of those vanishing worlds of ice, descending into chasms alongside torrents of icemelt, tracking rivers of thawing glacier and hanging off the edge of fractured ice cliffs to capture images that intimate the end of the world.
Balog’s footage, produced by Jeff Orlowski, will be featured in a one-time showing of the acclaimed film “Chasing Ice,” at the Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First Street East, Sonoma, on Monday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m., presented under the auspices of Transition Sonoma Valley.
Balog’s three-year video and photo odyssey captures time-lapse sequences of massive glaciers breaking up, while recording as well the iridescent blue interiors of ice caves and caverns funneling massive flows into the sea.
Sonoman May Boeve, executive director of the international climate organization 350.org, will also make a brief presentation on current trends in the climate debate.