Sundance 2012: NGC acquires TV rights for “Chasing Ice”

The feature documentary chronicles photographer Jeff Balog's attempt to capture images of global climate change.
January 27, 2012

National Geographic Channel has picked up the TV rights to director Jeff Orlowski’s feature documentary Chasing Ice, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. Documentary Competition category.

The film follows photographer Jeff Balog as he attempts to capture images of glaciers that depict the effects of climate change as part of his Extreme Ice Survey, a massive photography project involving 30 time-lapse cameras placed across three continents.

The TV deal is the latest development in an ongoing relationship between the photographer and National Geographic. Its book division published his Extreme Ice Now –¬†Vanishing Glaciers and Changing Climate: A Progress Report in 2009 and his photographs have appeared in two issues of the magazine, including a cover feature that partially inspired the film, described as its “most popular and well-read piece” in the last five years.

“This has been a passion project for the entire team for the past five years, and to announce this deal following our premiere at Sundance is a dream come true,” said director Jeff Orlowski. “We’re so glad that National Geographic is joining our team and helping to shine a light on James’s powerful imagery.”

The deal was negotiated by Josh Braun and David Koh of Submarine Entertainment, Pryor Cashman LLP’s Wilder Knight and Anne Atkinson and Michael Cascio, NGC’s EVP of programming. The film was produced by Orlowski, Paula DuPre’ Pesmen and Jerry Aronson and written by Mark Monroe.

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