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James Balog in Jackson for public screening of “Chasing Ice March 7, 2013  |  Categories: Education, Events

“Chasing Ice” Filmmaker James Balog to Speak in Jackson
Museum hosts Balog at public screening of award-winning documentary

James Balog’s documentary about recent glacial changes will be screened at National Museum of Wildlife Art on March 21 with the filmmaker in attendance for talk and book-signing.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – March 8, 2013 – Photographer/filmmaker James Balog will be in Jackson on Thursday, March 21, 2013 to attend a special public screening of his award-winning documentary “Chasing Ice” at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Following the film, Balog will participate in a Q and A with the audience and then will sign copies of his book ICE: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers.

The National Museum of Wildlife Art will sell 150 tickets for the special screening of “Chasing Ice.” Doors open at 6:30 p.m. on March 21 and the film starts at 7:00, followed by the Q and A with filmmaker Balog concluding at 8:45. Tickets are $20, $15 for museum members, and may be purchased at the museum’s front desk, at Valley Books in Jackson or by calling the museum at 307.732.5400.

Recently nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song, “Chasing Ice” chronicles Balog’s sometimes death-defying mission to strategically plant time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic and capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. The documentary has won more than 23 awards at various film festivals around the world including the Sundance Film Festival. View the “Chasing Ice” trailer at http://www.chasingice.com/see-the-film/trailer/.

“Nature is changing, right before our eyes,” says Balog. “Through my work, I am committed to bearing witness to these changes.”

A leader in photographing, understanding and interpreting the natural environment for three decades, James Balog founded the Extreme Ice Survey (EIS), the most wide-ranging, ground-based, photographic study of glaciers ever conducted. Merging art and science, EIS gives a “visual voice” to the planet’s changing ecosystem and became the subject of the “Chasing Ice” documentary. Proceeds from the Jackson Hole screening will benefit Earth Vision Trust’s development of curriculum for grades k-12 based on the work of the Extreme Ice Survey. Earth Vision Trust is a non-profit founded by Balog and devoted to educating and encouraging the public through groundbreaking visual exploration of our changing environment.

“Chasing Ice” is presented by the National Museum of Wildlife Art with special thanks to James Balog, and Earth Vision Trust.

In addition to its busy art exhibition schedule, the National Museum of Wildlife Art offers a full schedule of year-round community programming, with some 100 free events including art-making activities, films, lectures, “edutainment,” Art in Action guest artists workshops, cultural fun on the museum’s new Sculpture Trail and much more. The museum also provides free high-quality educational enrichment for school children, from online and onsite curriculum for teachers to student art contests and thematic school tours. And the museum becomes a vibrant community gathering space during popular social happenings like its monthly First Sundays and Mix’d Media events.

A member of the Museums West consortium and accredited by the American Association of Museums, the museum, officially designated the National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States by an act of Congress in 2008, provides an exciting calendar of exhibitions from its permanent collection and changing exhibitions from around the globe.  A complete schedule of exhibitions and events is available online at www.wildlifeart.org.  The museum is also active on Facebook and on Twitter at @WildlifeArtJH.

Media Contacts: Darla Worden, WordenGroup Strategic Public Relations, 307.734.5335, darla@wordenpr.com; Ponteir Sackrey National Museum of Wildlife Art, 307.732.5444, psackrey@wildlifeart.org.

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