NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "Chasing Ice" at 7 p.m. Friday, May 2, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Directed and produced by Jeff Orlowski with photography by James Balog, "Chasing Ice" is the story of one man's mission to change the tide of history by gathering photographic evidence of the Earth's changing planet.

According to information at, environmental photographer Balog was given a National Geographic assignment in 2005 to help tell the story of the Earth's changing climate. He eventually began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers.

"His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate," the website says.

The documentary has garnered numerous awards, among them the Renewable Natural Resources Foundation's 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award. It has won more than 30 awards at film festivals around the world, including the Excellence in Cinematography Award at the Sundance Film Festival and best documentary at the Berkshire, Big Sky and Crested Butte film festivals. It was given an audience award at the South By Southwest Film Festival.

This screening is part of the School of Art's monthly Friday Night Film Series and is sponsored in part by the Nacogdoches Junior Forum.

The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.