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Monday, Feb 26, 2018 7:00 PM
Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.
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FREE event at Voxman Music Building (93 East Burlington St, Iowa City)!

This screening will be followed by a discussion with documentary subject Zackery Rago.

"True to its title, this is a riveting quest movie." - David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

"By all indications, Jeff Orlowski's Chasing Coral could be a game changer in terms of public perception. Like Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth and Louis Psihoyos' The Cove in years past, the film makes a powerful case less through argument than by using cinema's most basic tool: visual proof." - Godfrey Cheshire, rogerbert.com

"Awe-inspiring, poignant..." - Renee Schonfelt, Common Sense Media

Coral reefs are the nursery for all life in the oceans, 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, director of Chasing Ice, which created irrefutable, visual proof of the melting ice caps. Orlowski’s next project is similarly evidentiary and powerful. Chasing Coral, winner of the Sundance Film Festival’s U.S. Documentary Audience Award, 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. 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. Presented as part of Science on Screen® - An initiative of the COOLIDGE CORNER THEATRE, with major support from the ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION with additional support provided by the University of Iowa's Spring 2018 Climate for Change Theme Semester.