Chasing Ice free film screening in Spencer

The award-winning documentary Chasing Ice will be screened free of charge on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the Spencer-Van Etten Community Center (formerly the Grange). The film will be followed by a short talk-back.

Popcorn and soft drinks will be served. In case of bad weather, the event will be held the following Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the same time and place.

Chasing Ice, which has won more than 30 awards around the world, features stunning, death-defying work by National Geographic photographer James Balog. He and assistants, using revolutionary time-lapse cameras, created a multi-year record of changes to glaciers in the extreme conditions of the Arctic.

Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog began as what he describes as a “climate change skeptic,” but his work on this story opened his eyes to “the biggest story in human history.” This film, shot between 2005 and 2011 using untested technology in brutal subzero conditions, engages audiences with haunting beauty even as it records the breathtaking rate of disappearance of ancient ice mountains.

The film is not all bleak, however, and Balog’s goal, in part, is to deliver hope to those who wonder what they can do to slow the ill effects of human-induced climate change. The subject will be of strong, immediate interest to all who care about our shared future.

The screening is hosted by Spencer Together and Van Etten First, which are working to build sustainable communities.

The events are free and open, but contributions are welcome to help cover the cost of the movie rental and refreshments.