Chasing Coral

2017 | Documentary | 93 minutes | English


Coral reefs are the nursery for all life in the oceans, a remarkable ecosystem. However with carbon emissions warming the seas, the breathtakingly beautiful coral reefs are slowing dying. As the coral loses its colors and turns white (referred to as “coral bleaching”) it dies and will eventually disappear. Chasing Coral has gathered a group of passionate diving nerds, cinematographers, and marine biologists, to vividly capture a tragic outcome of global warming that is not known by many of us.    

Major participants: Mark Eakin (Scientific Advisor) / Ove Hoegh-Guldberg (Scientific Advisor) / Zack Rago (Diver) / Andrew Ackerman (Cinematographer) / Jeff Orlowski (Cinematographer/Director)
Why Stream This Film?
Most of us are well-aware of the dangers ahead due to global warming. Al Gore pointed  this out in frightful detail in his award-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth. But most people are unaware of the   slow destruction of the coral ecosystem in our oceans. The film painfully points out that the gorgeous coral, which are in fact  living organisms, are slowly dying due to the warming of the ocean waters.  It’s a real eye-opener! 
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 100%
  • Metacritic Score: 86
  • Sundance Film Festival: Winner, Audience Award, Documentary Film
  • Boulder International Film Festival: Winner, Best Feature Documentary
  • The film received a perfect 100% Rotten Tomatoes Score

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With breathtaking footage and sophisticated underwater technology, the documentary awakens a childlike sense of adventure in the viewer. By film’s end, you’ll see corals not only as underwater life forms but as dreamy endangered neighborhoods inhabited by unspeakably beautiful Nemos and Dorys.
Tomris Laffly

Time Out US

It must be noted that, from its first moments on, CHASING CORAL is simply staggering visually. The viewer’s eye is enraptured by the world the camera beholds, and it’s easy to imagine how pleasurable a feature-length tour of such sights might be. But there is trouble down below and the film heads directly for it.
Godfrey Cheshire

Imagine witnessing the untimely death of a vibrant, otherworldly being. As it succumbs to an invisible menace, this entity’s colors (brilliant shades of amber, magenta, chartreuse) turn fluorescent blue and purple and green before fading to bright white. As it decays, wisps of sludge drip from the skeletal remains. The film is particularly compelling when following Zack Rago, a self-proclaimed coral nerd whose love is palpable and infectious. The work takes a toll on his spirits, never more so than when after weeks of dives, he encounters what has essentially become a grave site, barely resembling what was once a fertile haven.
Nicole Herrington

The New York Times

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