Director Jeff Orlowski takes us behind the scenes of his widely praised documentary Chasing Ice, which captured stunning time lapse images of retreating and melting glaciers. He discusses the public reaction to his film, what it’s like working in harsh Arctic conditions, and his emotions witnessing firsthand glaciers the size of Manhattan fracturing and falling into the oceans.
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In 2007, Jeff Orlowski got his first taste of the Arctic when as a Stanford student he seized an opportunity to work as a videographer with National Geographic photographer James Balog on the initial expedition of The Extreme Ice Survey (EIS). That winter, the EIS team scouted and filmed glaciers that now appear in the documentary feature film Chasing Ice. Orlowski, a New York native, has been filming the EIS project around the world, working in some of the most extreme conditions imaginable on locations in Iceland, Greenland, Bolivia, the Alps, Alaska, and Glacier National Park, Montana. In 2009, Orlowski founded Exposure, a film production company dedicated to socially relevant filmmaking, with an eye towards issues important to humanity. Clients have included: General Motors/Saturn; Apple Inc.; The Jane Goodall Institute; Stanford University; and The Race Across America.
Alessandra Santiago is a sophomore at Stanford University pursuing a major in Earth Systems (the Biosphere track) and a minor in Art and Art History. As a student whose academic interests lie in the crosshairs of media and environmental sciences, she is passionate about learning and harnessing the art of unorthodox scientific communication to educate and inform. Through her participation on several research projects (working in Chris Fields’ Global Ecology lab, joining Kevin Arrigo’s ICESCAPE Arctic research team, participating in Dr. Patrick Hunt’s Alpine Archaeology Field Course), she has realized that her interest in conducting ecology and anthropology-based research would benefit from using film as a means of conveying her findings. She will be creating a documentary film this summer 2012 about the Hindu Monastic Society in South and Central Ghana as funded by the Beagle II award. Additionally, she thinks Jar Jar Binks is a monstrosity and wishes she could have been born a Spartan.