A Little Movie
About a Small Glacier
at the End of the World
A Little Movie
Glaciers have been distinctive features of the Icelandic landscape ever since human settlement on the island 1200 years ago. But since the early 20th century Iceland’s 400+ glaciers have been melting steadily, now losing roughly 11 billion tons of ice every year; scientists predict that all of Iceland’s glaciers will be gone by 2200. One of Iceland’s smallest known glaciers is named “Ok.” Not Ok is its story. This is not a tale of spectacular, collapsing ice. Instead, it is a little film about a small glacier on a low mountain--a mountain who has been observing humans for a long time and has a few things to say to us.
IN THE MEDIA
“Ok, Bye: A New Documentary on the Disappearance of Ok Glacier,” The Reykjavík Grapevine, July 31, 2018
"Interview with the Directors of Not Ok," Tengivagninn, art's and culture-program Icelandic National Radio, Rás 1. (RÚV)
"Not Ok-New Documentary Focuses on Disappearing Glacier in Iceland," Houston Public Media, Houston Matters program
Fréttablaðið (Iceland's largest circulation national newspaper)
Jon Gnarr’s interview with Smartland
"Les glaciers ont besoin de l’attention humaine," Libération
Bio Paradis (Reykjavík, Iceland)
17 August 2018
A l'Ecole de l’Anthropocène (Lyon, France)
24 January 2019
Night of Philosophy (Houston, USA)
26 January 2019
Menil & Rothko Chapel, St. Thomas University “Toward a Better Future: Transforming the Climate Crisis"
1 March 2019
Portland State University (Portland, USA)
8 March 2019
University of Texas, Austin (Austin, USA)
29 April 2019
Many tourists in Iceland are enchanted by the opportunity to walk across glaciers or thrilled to snowmobile across them. The Un-glacier Tour—the only one in the world—is different. It is a guided hike to the top of Ok mountain and an opportunity to see the glacial remains of Okjökull (Ok glacier) before this thin bit of ice disappears entirely. As anthropogenic climate change drives glaciers toward extinction, the Un-glacier Tour is meant to be a reckoning with glacial demise as well as a celebration of glacial life. From the top of Ok mountain, it is possible to see three other spectacular glaciers and a shield volcano.
Come join us on August 17, 2019 for the Un-glacier Tour II when we will install a historical marker and memorial plaque atop Ok mountain to commemorate the site where Ok glacier once was. The marker, with words authored by one of Iceland’s most prominent writers, Andri Snaer Magnason, will be the world's first monument to a glacier-that-was: a modest recognition of a body of ice that once moved, but that now exists only in the form of what Icelandic glaciologists call "dead ice."