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EXCELLENT DOCUMENTARY HAS A LIMITED NATIONWIDE OPENING NOVEMBER 9TH

"Chasing Ice" screened at this year's SILVERDOCS Documentary Film Festival and was #5 on my top 10 list.  The film will be shown at the Landmark E Street Theater in Washington D.C. for one week only beginning November 16.  Here was my SILVERDOCS review:

Global warming/climate change has been (excuse the pun) a hot issue ever since 2006's "Inconvenient Truth" brought it to the forefront of the national psyche. Scientists have been debating the validity that man is perilously affecting the planet to such a degree that the fate of millions of folks living next to the ocean will be determined by the rising waters due to melting glaciers. Is this a fact or is it nearly a natural phenomenon that occurs over the course of time? First time director Jeff Orlowski began in 2007 to follow nature photographer James Balog and his Extreme Ice Survey, the most comprehensive and authoritative photographic glacier study ever undertaken. The EIS hopes to document the glacier melting phenomena in order to prove once and for all that the threat to our planet is more than nature at work. The director doubles as cinematographer as he meticulously follows Balog for three years to frigid locales in Greenland, Iceland and Alaska, as Balog sets up stationary cameras hoping to record visual proof of the extent of the retreating glaciers. Meanwhile, early camera failures and Balog's subsequent knee injuries and surgeries threaten to curtail the project. Winner at this year's Sundance Excellence in Cinematography award, the film is stunningly beautiful, while at the same time, horrifying, as it details for the first time the consequences of the images we are witnessing. The doc is due to be released in theaters in the fall and is a must-see on the big screen.

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