Coral reefs are the nursery for all life in the oceans, a remarkable ecosystem that sustains us, yet with carbon emissions warming the seas coral bleaching—a sign of mass coral death—has been accelerating around the world and is silently raging. Jeff Orlowski, who also directed CHASING ICE, which created irrefutable, visual proof of the melting ice caps, sets out to show the scale and implication of the underwater catastrophe in CHASING CORAL. The documentary features Ruth Gates, director of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology, and her research to save coral reefs around the world.
“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,” summarized Sundance Film Festival. “Unfortunately, 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.”