A free screening of the award-winning film Chasing Coral will be held at the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary (726 South Kīhei Rd) on Thursday, July 27, 2017.
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session with a team of researchers from Scripps Institution of Oceanography who study Maui’s coral reefs. The film will be shown at 6 p.m., followed by the panel at 7:40 p.m.
Event organizers say Chasing Coral will resonate with Maui residents, especially those who have observed the impacts of coral bleaching locally over the past two years.
The film, which won “Best Documentary” at Sundance, was shot in Australia and Hawaiʻi.
As shared by the film’s producers, “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. 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.”
The team from Scripps Institution of Oceanography includes Drs. Emily Kelly, Maya deVries, and Mr. Maurizio Martinelli. Their laboratories at Scripps have been studying Maui’s reefs for decades, and while the three scientists are on Maui to conduct field research, they are seeking to share their work with the community whenever they can.
According to Dr. Emily Kelly, “We’re so happy to be on island for an action-packed two weeks of research on and discussion of Maui’s reefs. Being able to join in community events is a highlight of every research trip. We’re excited to share the results of our data so far in how reefs responded to the 2015-16 bleaching event as well as new projects to explore the inner workings of the coral reef environment.”
This event is co-sponsored by Project S.E.A.-Link and the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, with support from the Atherton Family Foundation.