Documentary Filmmakers Capture Iceberg the Size of ‘Manhattan’ Breaking off Greenland


In rare and stunning footage, filmmakers behind a newly released documentary captured the largest-ever iceberg calving yet seen off the Greenland ice shelf’s Ilulissat glacier.

Acclaimed National Geographic photographer James Balog was once a skeptic about climate change. But through his Extreme Ice Survey, he discovers undeniable evidence of our changing planet. In Chasing Ice, Balog deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Traveling with a team of young adventurers across the brutal Arctic, Balog risks his career and his well-being in pursuit of the biggest story facing humanity. As the debate polarizes America, and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Chasing Ice depicts a heroic photojournalist on a mission to deliver fragile hope to our carbon-powered planet.

“Traveling with a team of young adventurers across the brutal Arctic, Balog risks his career and his well-being in pursuit of the biggest story facing humanity,” the film’s website explains. “As the debate polarizes America, and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Chasing Ice depicts a heroic photojournalist on a mission to deliver fragile hope to our carbon-powered planet.”

Satellite photography taken earlier this year showed that arctic sea ice shrank this summer to less than half what it was about four decades ago, reaching a record low in August 2012. The European Space Agency said earlier last year that the rate of loss is about 50 percent faster than previously forecast.

This video is from The Guardian

It’s like watching ‘Manhattan breaking apart in front of your eyes’, says one of the researchers for filmmaker James Balog. He’s describing the largest iceberg calving ever filmed, as featured in his movie, Chasing Ice. After weeks of waiting, the filmakers witnessed 7.4 cubic km of ice crashing off the Ilulissat glacier in Greenland. Chasing Ice, released in the UK on Friday, follows Balog’s mission to document Arctic ice being melted by climate change. Watch our second clip from the documentary to see the filmmakers abseil down Survey Canyon on the Greenland ice sheet to capture some startling images of melting water rushing down a moulin.

This is the official trailer for “Chasing Ice

Awards Chasing Ice Won
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2012 Won Best Feature Documentary Jeff Orlowski (director)
Boulder International Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2012 Won BIFF Award Best Adventure Film
Jeff Orlowski (director)
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2012 Won Full Frame Nicholas School Environmental Award Best Documentary
Jeff Orlowski (director)
RiverRun International Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2012 Won Audience Choice Award Best Documentary Feature
Jeff Orlowski
SXSW Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2012 Won Audience Award Documentary Feature
Jeff Orlowski (director)
Satellite Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2012 Nominated Satellite Award Best Motion Picture, Documentary
Best Motion Picture, Documentary
Sundance Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2012 Won Cinematography Award Documentary
Jeff Orlowski
Nominated Grand Jury Prize Documentary
Jeff Orlowski
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