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The stories of the 1st victims of the melting glacier reserve; The locals' experiences & scientists working in a race against time.

Glacial Balance is a documentary film showing the effects climate change is having on Andean glaciers and the lives of those who depend on them for survival. In the film, we travel along the spine of the Andes mountain range, from Argentina to Colombia, getting to know the lives of those who will be first affected by the dwindling glacier reserve, the "canaries in the mine".

For our journey we will be accompanied by an international team of glaciologists and paleoclimatologists who will give us a perspective on what is really happening and what we can expect. And from that, we will learn of the chain reaction effect that these disappearing glaciers are already having on the rest of us.

THE FILM INCLUDES INTERVIEWS WITH

  • Dr. Lonnie Thompson, a paleoclimatologist who has dedicated the past 30+ years of his life drilling out tubes of ice from the tops of glaciers around the world.  In his laboratory in Ohio, Dr. Thompson holds an archive of ice and climate dating 100's of thousands of years into the past.  Through the study of these ice cores, scientists have been able to determine the composition of the atmosphere looking nearly a million years into the past.

  • Al Gore, Former U.S. Vice President, who helps us understand the importance of Dr. Lonnie Thompson's work and the urgency of the situation.

  • Mark Carey - Author of "In the Shadow of Melting Glaciers" and Assistant Professor of History - University of Oregon

  • Dr. Paolo Gabrielli, Byrd Polar Research Center - The Ohio State University

  • Maxime Litt, Glaciologist at IRD - La Paz, Bolivia

  • Dr. Keith Mountain, Assistant Professor of GeoSciences - University of Louisville

  • Benjamin Morales Arnao, Geologist - Huaraz, Peru

  • Cesar Portocarrero, Glaciologist - Huaraz, Peru

  • Dario Trombotto, Geologist at IANIGLA - Mendoza, Argentina

  • Dr. Victor Zagorodnov, Byrd Polar Research Center - The Ohio State University

  • Marco Zapata Luyo, Glaciologist - Huaraz, Peru

AND VISITS TO...

  • Dole fruit Chile - Santiago, Chile
  • Perito Moreno glacier - El Calafate, Argentina
  • Glaciarium Museum - El Calafate, Argentina
  • Bodega Sottano - Mendoza, Argentina
  • Sacred Valley of the Incas - Cusco, Peru
  • The Uru Chipaya tribe - Chipaya, Bolivia
  • Zongo hydroelectric plant - La Paz, Bolivia

AMONG THE SEGMENTS WE WILL FILM IN COLOMBIA AND ECUADOR

  • A coffee plantation / packaging plant in Colombia
  • Chimborazo volcano with el ultimo hielero - the last of the ice gatherers, climbing the volcano to bring blocks of ice that have "curative properties" to the people of Riobamba

WHAT THE MONEY IS FOR

Put simply, to shoot the final segments of the film in Ecuador and Colombia.

Since we are in the last stretch of filming before we go into an intense editing period, all donations will be used towards hard costs related to equipment rental, travel, mountain guides and local filming crews within Colombia and Ecuador.  We’ve got the shooting plan mapped out over a 4 week period and once this is filmed, will be able to head into post production in early September.  Our goal is to release the film between late 2011 and early 2012.

We have several individuals and organizations who have supported us along the way, some who wish to remain anonymous, some are mentioned on the film’s website, and yet others who have given us their commitment for support through post production, broadcasting, and distribution (to be named in the future).

Our end goal is simple, to put a human face on those currently being affected by global warming, giving them a voice and helping the viewer understand how their own lives will be affected if governments and individuals around the world don’t make significant changes.

HOW DID THE PROJECT COME ABOUT?

I had lived in Argentina for several years when in 2009, the country was set to become the first in the world to enact a glacier protection law.  A series of events occurred which delayed the passing of this law until October 2010, but the discussion surrounding it intrigued me.  It all made me wonder about glaciers, their importance in the world, and what was really happening to them.  Until this project occurred to me, I knew next to nothing about glaciers.  My only knowledge was that they are the snowcaps on mountains and give water to the cities at the foot of the mountains.  I’ve since been using this production process as a means of learning about the intricacies of glaciers and will use that learning curve, that process, to transmit this newfound information to the audience.  All this will be done through the words of the individuals themselves, no narrators, no ominous voice “just telling us how it is”.

IN CONCLUSION

First off, I want to thank you for taking the time to visit the site and read about the film.  If you can give a donation to help support the project, it will be greatly appreciated.  Whether you are able to give a donation or not, please share the link to this site with others.  Any action you take will help us reach our final goal and get this film completed.

If you would like to receive periodic updates on the progress of the film or find out more about it, visit us at glacialbalance.com

FAQ

  • So far we've filmed at several locations within Argentina, Chile, Perú and Bolivia. This campaign is to raise production costs for our final shooting phase which will take place in Ecuador and Colombia.

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  • Once we're done filming the last parts of the film in Colombia and Ecuador, we'll be editing with the goal of having a completed film by the end of 2011 or early 2012.

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  • Any money we raise beyond our goal for this phase will be put into our post production budget. A separate fundraising campaign will take place for that part of the project once we successfully complete filming.

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    An ice axe used by the Director to climb a glacier in Colombia and/or Ecuador : : :  A still photo of the ice axe during production atop the glacier(s) : : : "Special Thanks" credit on the film's website (as a link to the site of your choice) : : :  "Special Thanks" credit animated into the main credit sequence at the end of the film : : :  Signed Collector's Edition DVD of the film & extras (including unseen footage and interviews)

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- (30 days)