Saving Atlantis is a feature documentary about one of the most consequential issues of our time: the dramatic decline of global coral reef ecosystems and the impact on human populations that depend on them.
Produced by a team of award-winning filmmakers and researchers, the film follows those who are fighting to uncover the causes of coral decline and find solutions before it’s too late. It is an emotional exploration of some of our planet’s greatest natural wonders at a tipping point in their ecological history.
Coral reefs cover only 0.1 percent of the Earth’s surface, but they’re home to 25 percent of all marine species, and they’re being lost at an alarming rate. Pollution, overfishing and climate change are some of the human-influenced culprits in the dramatic decline of these magnificent natural structures. Coral reefs serve as a lynchpin in the global food web. Their decline leads our entire planet in a perilous direction. But research from scientists around the world hints at bright spots where real strides can be made in preservation and protection of these habitats.
The Hatfield Film Festival is a mini-film festival outlining some of the latest in coastal research and marine initiatives. The series of short films will begin at 5:30 and is free and open to the public. The festival will be followed by a preview of Saving Atlantis, a feature film about scientists and communities fighting to save coral reefs.
Schedule: Wednesday, Feb. 21, 5:30pm, Newport Performing Arts Center, 777 W. Olive
5:30 HMSC Film Festival
6:00 Meet and Greet Reception with refreshments
6:30 Saving Atlantis Film
8:00 Panel Discussion/Q&A with film makers
For tickets (free) click here.
This event is co-sponsored by the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center and the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts.
For more information on Saving Atlantis, visit corals.oregonstate.edu/saving-atlantis.
This event is part of the OSU150 Sea Grant Festival. For more information, visit communications.oregonstate.edu/sea.
For event questions or accommodation requests, please contact Shelly Signs, (541) 737-0724 or firstname.lastname@example.org.