‘Chasing Ice’ screens in Beaver Creek Wednesday
BEAVER CREEK — In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk.
Join the Environment Committee of the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, Walking Mountains Science Center and Earth Vision Institute on Wednesday from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek for a free screening of the Emmy Award-winning film “Chasing Ice.” The film will be followed with a live Q&A with Balog, the founder and director of Extreme Ice Survey & Earth Vision Institute. This special event is made possible with support from The Betsy and Jesse Fink Foundation.
“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 that first trip to Iceland, the photographer 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.
“We are thrilled that Mr. Balog will be joining us for this special screening of ‘Chasing Ice,’” said Kim Langmaid, vice president and director of Sustainability and Stewardship programs at Walking Mountains Science Center. “Mr. Balog is a superb visionary, scientist and filmmaker. To have someone with his expertise available to our community is a truly special experience.”
BREAKING ARTISTIC GROUND
For more than 30 years, Balog has broken new conceptual and artistic ground on one of the most important issues of our era: human modification of our planet’s natural systems. Balog has been honored with many awards, including, in recent years, an honorary doctor of science degree from the University of Alberta, the American Geophysical Union Presidential Citation for Science and Society, the Duke University LEAF Award, the Sam & Julie Walters Prize for Environmental Activism, the International League of Conservation Photographers League Award, and the Heinz Award. He is the author of “ICE: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers” and seven other books.
Tickets to the show are free. To find out more, see http://www.vilarpac.org or call 970-845-8497.
The graduates of Vail Mountain School’s class of 2019 will be off to far-flung destinations next fall, set to enter college in one of 16 different states or explore the world on a gap year. One grad is even attending college in Canada.