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Chasing ice

Wednesday 19 June 2013, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Free
Experimedia
Main entry, Swanston St
Has wheelchair access

In 2005 acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic to capture images for National Geographic to help tell the story of the earth’s changing climate. 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 climate-change debate polarised America and the intensity of natural disasters ramped up globally, Balog found himself at the end of his tether. Battling untested technology in sub-zero conditions, he came face-to-face with his own mortality. 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 by Jeff Orlowski (unrated, 2012, 80 mins).