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Free Screening of Chasing Coral coming to the UGA Campus


We're excited to partner with several institutions across Athens and the University of Georgia to bring key members of the cast and crew of the award-winning documentary CHASING CORAL to Athens. The free public screening be held on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 6 p.m. at the Tate Student Center theater, and will be followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers and film subjects, including Dr. Jim Porter, professor and coral ecologist in UGA's Odum School of Ecology.

Chasing Coral follows a team of divers, photographers, and scientists as they set out to discover why coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate.

This event is part of a larger project to engage the public in the Athens area about the importance of healthy oceans. During the filmmakers' visit, local area schools will participate in field trips to see the film and meet the filmmakers and will take part in educational activities about ecology, marine science, and ocean health.

Financial support for this project comes from Kirbo Charitable Foundation, Reef Ball Foundation, ECOGIG Research Consortium at UGA's Department of Marine Sciences, Peabody Media Center, Katherine and Bertis Downs, Odum School of Ecology, and Willson Center for Humanities and Arts. Additional promotional support was provided by UGA’s Speak Out for Species club, UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant. We are grateful for the partnership of the Clarke County School District.

Chasing Coral won the Audience Award for the U.S. Documentary category at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. View a trailer for the film here.

Ripple Effect Film Project Finalist Showcase


Finalist films from the 2017 Ripple Effect Film Project ocean-themed video contest will be showcased at the historic Morton Theatre in downtown Athens on Saturday March 25th. Filmmakers from around the state submitted short films on a broad range of topics that connect human behavior to the health of the world’s oceans, including transportation choices, clean waterways, and the impact of our choices around food, water, and energy consumption. A short awards ceremony to celebrate jury prizes and audience choice winners will follow the screening. Tickets are $5 and available at the Morton Theatre box office or website here.