SFFL 2017: Chasing Coral
Special Preview Screening. Winner of the Audience Award: U.S. Documentary at Sundance Film Festival 2017.
Director: Jeff Orlowski.
Starring: Richard Vevers, Zackery Rago, Ruth Gates, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Mark Eakin, John "Charlie" Veron. USA 2017. 91 mins.
Coral reefs are the nursery for all ocean life, a remarkable ecosystem that sustains us. Yet with carbon emissions warming the seas, a phenomenon called “coral bleaching”—a sign of mass coral death—has been accelerating around the world, and the public has no idea of the scale or implication of the catastrophe silently raging underwater.
Enter Jeff Orlowski (of Chasing Ice fame), whose latest project, Chasing Coral, taps into the collective will and wisdom of an ad man, a self-proclaimed coral nerd, top-notch camera designers, and renowned marine biologists as they invent the first time-lapse camera to record bleaching events as they happen. The effort is anything but simple, and the team doggedly battles technical malfunctions and the force of nature in pursuit of their golden fleece, documenting the indisputable and tragic transformation below the waves. With its breathtaking photography, nail-biting suspense, and startling emotion, Chasing Coral is a dramatic revelation that won’t have audiences sitting idle for long.
"An endlessly fascinating quest.” - The Hollywood Reporter.