Academy-Award Nominated Directors, Renowned Conservation Scientists, and Environmental Leaders Discuss Efforts to Preserve Threatened Ocean Communities
Two special screenings of The Last Reef, a new documentary featuring unprecedented 3D footage of life in our ocean’s coral worlds, will bring together leading scientists and conservationists to discuss the threats—and the hope that remains—for coral reefs. While new research suggests that the ocean is acidifying at a significantly faster rate than at any time in the Earth’s history, these events will highlight the efforts of environmental leaders working to change the public’s understanding of the threats that face our oceans and protect their ancient and fragile coral havens.
A special preview will be hosted by The American Association for the Advancement of Science, (publisher of Science magazine), on Tuesday, 13 March at 6:30 p.m.,; The Last Reef premieres at Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History as part of the DC Environmental Film Festival on Wednesday, 14 March at 7:00 p.m. Both events will include panel discussions featuring the film’s directors, the former president of Palau, (an island nation leading the world in coral reef conservation), coral reef conservation experts from NOAA, and other leading scientists.
Shot on location in Palau, The Bahamas, Australia, Cancun and Vancouver Island, The Last Reef reveals what’s at stake by exploring our connection with ocean’s complex, parallel worlds, visiting a habitat more diverse and more colorful than ever imagined. The film’s stunning 3D imagery was captured using the world’s first underwater 4K macrophotography rig, created specifically for this shoot. Learn more....