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River City Cinema presents ‘Chasing Ice’

Posted Feb. 19, 2013, at 1:28 p.m.
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James Balog | James Balog/Extreme Ice Survey
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James Balog | James Balog/Extreme Ice Survey
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BANGOR, Maine — River City Cinema will be presenting an exclusive screening of “Chasing Ice,” the critically acclaimed documentary, at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 1, at the Historic Bangor Opera House, home of the Penobscot Theatre. A panel discussion including climatologist Dr. George Jacobson, environmental lawyer Sharon Tisher, glaciologist Gordon Hamilton and 350 Maine organizer Read Brugger will follow the film.

Chasing Ice has been nominated for an Academy Award ® for Best Original Song “Before My Time”); has won Excellence in Cinematography Awards at the Sundance Film Festival; Best Documentary Awards from the Environmental Media Association, Berkshire Film Festival, and Big Sky Film Festival; and is the Winner of Audience Awards from the South By Southwest, Hot Docs, River Run, Palo Alto, Berwick, Port Townsend, DocuWest, Take One Action, and Brattleboro film festivals

Bold and Persistent witnesses to an Impending global Crisis

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.

“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.

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.

About River City Cinema

River City Cinema is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization whose mission includes efforts to bring diverse films to the Bangor region, educate about the art and history of film, and encourage a filmmaking community in Northeastern Maine. Through grants from the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation, and the Quimby Family Foundation, RCC has developed and maintains Cinema to Go, a traveling digital cinema that can transform any suitable venue into a big-screen movie house.

For more information on RCC, visit the RCC website: www.rivercitycinema.org

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