Chasing Coral

USA | 2017 | 94 minutes | Jeff Orlowski

From the makers of Chasing Ice comes the shocking truth about our planet’s vanishing coral reefs as told through stunning underwater footage that follows teams of divers and scientists dedicated to understanding this devastating phenomenon.

"A riveting quest movie"David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

Friday, June 9, 2017

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Coral reefs are disappearing worldwide. Sadly, this isn't fiction, but reality. In his latest documentary, Chasing Coral, filmmaker Jeff Orlowski and his crew travel to coral reefs near Bermuda, Australia, and American Samoa to explore the devastating phenomenon. The film is driven by spectacular cinematography. Vibrant coral reefs—colorful nexuses of aquatic life—are captured beautifully, which makes it even more distressing to be exposed to the ones that aren't thriving. Desolate and lifeless, dying reefs resemble a graveyard, a far cry from their former glory. As a filmmaker, Orlowski views himself as a translator for the scientific community; it can be hard for people to wrap their minds around charts and numbers, but when people are shown visuals that tell the same story, they understand it completely. Films have a profound impact as Chasing Coral doesn't merely open our eyes to the reality of dying coral reefs, it presents indisputable visual evidence that evokes an emotional response—the kind, we hope, that leads to change.

Director Biography

Jeff Orlowski is the founder of Exposure Labs, and director of the Academy Award-nominated Chasing Ice and his latest work, Sundance Award-winning Chasing Coral. In 2017, Jeff was named the inaugural Sundance Institute Discovery Impact Fellow for environmental filmmaking.

Sponsored by Thomas Zimmermann, Tulalip Tribes Charitable Fund, Center for Global Studies UW

  • Director: Jeff Orlowski
  • Principal Cast: Andrew Ackerman, Pim Bongaerts, Neal Cantin, Phil Dustan
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 94 minutes
  • Producer: Larissa Rhodes, Stacey Piculell
  • Screenplay: Davis Coombe, Vickie Curtis, Jeff Orlowski
  • Cinematographers: Andrew Ackerman, Jeff Orlowski
  • Editors: Davis Coombe
  • Music: Saul Simon MacWilliams, Dan Romer
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Sundance Film Festival 2017 (Audience Award, U.S. Documentary)
  • Filmography: Chasing Ice (2012)
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Netflix
  • International Sales: Submarine Entertainment