The Team

We are grateful to our many supporters, artists and scientists who helped bring the unknown story of the reef to the surface.

Key CREW

Editor

Cinematography

Andrew Ackerman Diver Master, Chief Safety Consultant

Composers

Key CAST

Featuring

The SCIENTISTS

Chief Scientific Advisors

Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg The University of Queensland

Dr. Mark Eakin NOAA

Scientific Advisors

Dr. Ruth Gates Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology

Dr. Joanie Kleypas National Center for Atmospheric Research

Dr. Justin Marshall The University of Queensland

Dr. James Porter The University of Georgia

Dr. Phil Dustan College of Charleston

Additional Featured Scientists

Prof. Morgan Pratchett, Ph.D. James Cook University

Prof. Luiz A. Rocha, Ph.D. California Academy of Sciences

Dr. Manuel González-Rivero Global Change Institute, The University of Queensland

Dr. Pim Bongaerts

Prof. Rupert Ormond, Ph.D. Marine Conservation International, Heriot-Watt University

Sue Wells Marine Conservation Consultant

Dr. Neal Cantin The Australian Institute of Marine Science

Major Partners

In Association With

With Support From

Sundance Institute Catalyst

BRITDOC Circle

TIFFANY & CO. FOUNDATION

Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program with support from:

Open Society Foundations | Ford Foundation | JustFilms | Robert Rauschenberg Foundation

In Partnership With

The Ocean Agency
View Into The Blue
The WILD Foundation
Teens for Oceans

Vendors

RED
GoPro
Final Frame
Skywalker

Additional Credits

Written By

Davis Coombe
Vickie Curtis
Jeff Orlowski

Assistant Editors

Patrick Behan
Tim Kaminski
Dave Wruck

Camera

Patrick Behan
Tim Kaminski
Dave Wruck

Underwater Camera

Jeff Orlowski
Andrew Ackerman
Shawn Heinrichs
Matt Schultz
Zackery Rago
Christophe Bailhache
Danny Copeland
Markus Mende
Larkin Carey
Toby De Jong
Craig Musburger
Kimberly Jeffries
Patrick Behan

Additional Camera

Gonzalo Pérez-Rosales
Gareth Lee
Craig Musburger
Damon Chapman
Toby De Jong
Derek Abel
Michael Davie
Michael Bucuzzo
Catherine Yrisarri
Zachary Haskell
Sophie Ansel
Dane Howell
Patrick Behan
Martin Demian
Kate Reid
Roel Van Hees
Robert Muratore
Adam Docker
Martijn Hart
Cyrille Renaux
Jeremy Hall
Samuel Macaluso
Steve Dorst
Shawna Schultz
Martin Yernazian
Larissa Rhodes
Eriq Wities
Jon Brumbaugh
Paul Ree
Samuel Carrothers
Benjamin King
Gavin McKinney
Griffith Jurgens

Manual Underwater Time-lapse Photography

Jeff Orlowski
Zackery Rago
Andrew Ackerman
Markus Mende
Danny Copeland
Sophie Ansel
Christine Roper
Gonzalo Pérez-Rosales

Time-lapse Camera Engineering

View Into The Blue
Trevor Mendelow
Zackery Rago
Thomas Sarkisian

Digital Preservation, Inc
Corey Jaskolski

Featuring Macro Photography By

Bioquest Studios
Louise Polain
Daniel Stoupin
Pete West

Microscopic Coral Photography By

Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology Confocal Microscopy Facility
Dr. Ruth Gates
Amy Eggers

Additional Macro Photography By

Antonio Rod

Aerial Photography By

Falkor Aerials
Larkin Carey
Matt Hecker

Additional Aerials

Andrew Ackerman
Matt Schultz

Production Sound

Matt Corliss
Chris McCallum
Griffith Jurgens
Martin Demian
Mark Crawford
Blake Donaubauer
Larissa Rhodes

Field Producers

Catherine Yrisarri
Andrew Ackerman
Sophie Ansel
Danny Copeland
Shawna Schultz

Production Coordinators

Joan Hobbs
Amanda Prentiss
Zara-Louise Cowan
Lindsay Friedman

Production Assistants

Sierra Voss
Gretchen Bahr
Greg Robinson
Sean McCleary

Consulting Producer

Paula DuPré Pesmen

Director of Impact

Samantha Wright

Impact Advisor

Erin Sorenson

Editorial Feedback

Doug Blush
Jerry Aronson
Danny Goldhaber
Mark Monroe
Dr. Ernesto R. Acevedo-Muñoz

Motion Design & Animation By

Mass FX Media

Animation Producer

Shawna Schultz

Animation Creative Director

Matt Schultz

Motion Graphics Designers

Joel MacCluskey
Doug Rouster
Ryan Walker
Chris Folta

Animation Intern

Will Johnston

Digital Imaging Technician

Tim Kaminski

Additional Title Animation

Dave Wruck

Original Song

“Wake Up”
By Dan Romer and Terry Geiger
Produced by
Dan Romer
Additional Production by
Saul Simon MacWilliams and Mike Tuccillo

Additional Music

Mark Crawford

Additional Engineering

David Boman

Additional Percussion

Adam Christgau

Preliminary Sound Design

Dave Wruck

Post Production Supervisor

Stacey Piculell

Post Productions Services By

FINAL FRAME

Colorist

Will Cox

Online Editor

Drew Kilgore

Online Producer

Caitlin Tartaro

Technical Consulting

Sandy Patch
Charlie Rokosny

Additional Graphics

Ben Kiviat

Post Production Sound Services By

Skywalker Sound
A Lucasfilm LTD. Company
Marin County, California

Sound Designer

Dustin Cawood

Re-recording Mixer

Pete Horner

Assistant Re-Recording Mixer

Liz Marston

Engineering Services

Scott Levine

Digital Editorial Support

David Peifer

Audio/Video Transfer

Marco Alicea

Post Production Sound Accounting

Jessica Engel

Client Services

Malcolm Gibson

Scheduling

Carrie Perry

Skywalker Sound Executive Staff

General Manager
Josh Lowden

Head of Production

Jon Null

Head of Engineering

Steve Morris

Special Thanks

Tom Myers
Eva Porter
Malcolm Gibson
Erika Salazar

Jeff Orlowski


Producer & Director

Jeff Orlowski is an Emmy-winning filmmaker and founder of Exposure Labs. His latest project, Chasing Coral, is a feature film following a team of adventurers trying to reveal how the oceans are changing. It will premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, along with a virtual reality piece in the New Frontier lineup. This work continues the momentum of Chasing Ice, for which Orlowski also served as director, producer, and cinematographer. After premiering at Sundance, it received an Academy Award® nomination and won an Emmy® award for Outstanding Nature Programming. In 2016, Orlowski was named the inaugural Sundance Discovery Impact Fellow for environmental filmmaking. To maximize the impact of

To maximize the impact of the film, Orlowski founded Exposure Labs, a company dedicated to both quality storytelling and powerful campaigns. For their work on Chasing Ice, Exposure Labs won the 2016 BritDoc Impact Award recognizing “documentaries that have made the biggest impact on society.” The team is currently developing the impact campaign for Chasing Coral.

Larissa Rhodes


Producer

Larissa Rhodes is a film producer and the Director of Creative Development at Exposure Labs, where she develops projects motivated by social impact. Most recently, she produced Chasing Coral, a feature film following a team of adventurers trying to reveal how the oceans
are changing. It will premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, along with a VR film. Rhodes previously worked on the Emmy® Award-winning documentary, Chasing Ice. She holds an MFA in Film from Columbia University and a BFA & BA from the University of Colorado in Film Studies and International Spanish for the Professions.

Stacey Puculell


Co-Producer

Stacey Piculell is an independent producer specializing in content production for courageous and evocative projects. Her latest work includes Jeff Orlowski’s documentary, CHASING CORAL, premiering at Sundance Film Festival in 2017.

For over a decade, Stacey has worked in partnership with creative editors and bourgeoning documentary filmmakers on a range of projects and award-winning independent films, including FRAME BY FRAME (SXSW, HotDocs, BFI London, 2015) and Sender Film’s VALLEY UPRISING (2014). Stacey has also produced a vast number of nationally broadcast TV commercials, and earned a Masters degree in Film Studies from New York University.

David J. Cornfield


Executive Producer

Bio coming soon.

Lynda A. Cornfield


Executive Producer

Bio coming soon.

Ryan Ahrens


Executive Producer

Bio coming soon.

Jill Ahrens


Executive Producer

Bio coming soon.

Shari Sant Plummer


Associate Producer

Bio coming soon.

Daniel Plummer


Associate Producer

Bio coming soon.

Shannon O’Leary Joy


Associate Producer

Bio coming soon.

Donna Gruneich


Associate Producer

Bio coming soon.

Kevin Gruneich


Associate Producer

Bio coming soon.

Jeff Seibert


Associate Producer

Bio coming soon.

Lynda Weinman


Associate Producer

Bio coming soon.

Bruce Heavin


Associate Producer

Bio coming soon.

Wayne Chang


Associate Producer

Bio coming soon.

Greg Brockman


Associate Producer

Bio coming soon.

Jenny Lee


Associate Producer

Bio coming soon.

Nion McEvoy


Associate Producer

Bio coming soon.

William Donnelly


Associate Producer

Bio coming soon.

Andrea van Beuren


Associate Producer

Bio coming soon.

Ginny Jordan


Associate Producer

Bio coming soon.

Gretchen Sisson


Associate Producer

Bio coming soon.

Samantha Wright


Impact Producer

Samantha is the Director of Impact at Exposure Labs, leading efforts to leverage film to drive social change.

A social entrepreneur at heart, Samantha was previously VP of Global Programs at Girl Rising, where she led projects to catalyze the girls’ education movement. This included building the US domestic campaign, and architecting Girl Rising’s expansion to India. Other highlights include running TEDxBeijing; working with Lao farmers at the UN World Food Programme; advocating on behalf of political prisoners in Uganda; and starting inner-city literacy programs in Canada. Samantha holds an MPhil in International Relations from the University of Oxford.

Davis Coombe


Editor

Davis Coombe is an award winning editor, producer, writer. Coombe edited IRON LADIES OF LIBERIA (Toronto Film Festival 2007, Winner AFI-Dallas, Independent Lens, BBC), THEY KILLED SISTER DOROTHY (Winner Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize at SXSW 2008, HBO, shortlisted for an Academy Award), and shot, edited and produced THE LAST CAMPAIGN OF GOVERNOR BOOTH GARDNER which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2009 and broadcast on HBO.

In 2011 Coombe produced and edited SAVING FACE, which won the Oscar for Best Short Documentary in 2012. He also edited CHASING ICE, which premiered at Sundance in 2012 and was also shortlisted for an Academy award, and produced BAY OF ALL SAINTS, which won the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature at SXSW in 2012. In 2013 he won two national Emmys for Editing and Best Documentary at the News and Documentary Emmys. Since then he co-wrote and edited both KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON (shortlisted for an Academy Award) and BEYOND THE BRICK: A LEGO BRICKUMENTARY which both premiere at the 2014 TriBeCa Film Festival. He co-produced, co-wrote and edited BEING EVEL which premiered at Sundance and broadcast on History Channel, and was an editor on ROLLING PAPERS (SXSW, Hot Docs 2015)

Mr. Coombe is currently producing and co-editing the documentary – animation hybrid LIYANA, producing and co-editing THE RESCUE LIST about child slavery in Ghana and has just finished cutting CASTING JONBENET and CHASING CORAL which will both premiere in the US Documentary competition at Sundance 2017.

Andrew Ackerman


Diver Master, Chief Safety Consultant

Andrew has filmed sharks, bears, and cage-fighters in his quest to study the more dangerous, yet misunderstood, creatures on the planet. He graduated from Middlebury College with a degree in Film and Media Studies. He is a perpetual student (except for the things he is REALLY friggin’ good at) and firmly believes in not taking himself too seriously. He has been told he balances professionalism and levity perfectly, and that he is a joy to be around on and off set. His amazing girlfriend’s name is Andrea and he may be a bit of a narcissist.

Dan Romer


Composer

Dan Romer is a Los Angeles-based, award-winning film composer, songwriter, and music producer.

Romer’s film scores include four-time Oscar-nominated Beasts of the Southern Wild, Digging For Fire, Finders Keepers, Gleason, Beasts of No Nation, HBO Emmy-winning Jim: The James Foley Story, Chasing Coral & The Little Hours.

He has produced numerous worldwide hit singles including A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera’s Grammy-winning song “Say Something,” and Shawn Mendes’ “Treat You Better.”

Saul Simon MacWilliams


Composer

Saul Simon MacWilliams is a Los Angeles based film composer, producer, songwriter and music sound designer from York, Maine.

He has produced and written music with numerous indie and major label artists such as Chris Garneau, Joy Ike, Jenny Owen Youngs, Julia Nunes, A Great Big World, Sawyer Fredricks and Ingrid Michaelson, whom he also tours with as her multi-instrumentalist and music director.

As a film composer and music sound designer, Saul has worked closely and extensively with composer and producer Dan Romer on recent films including his oscar nominated feature ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’, ‘Digging for Fire’, ‘Finders Keepers’, ‘Mediterrania’ and as the music sound designer for the Netflix original ‘Beasts of No Nation’. Saul recently co-scored and music sound designed HBO’s Emmy-nominated documentary ‘Jim : The James Foley Story’ as well as Amazon’s ‘Gleason’, which took the 2016 Sundance Audience Award.

Richard Vevers


Cast

Bio coming soon.

Zackery Rago


Cast

Zack Rago’s passion for the ocean began in the Hawaiian Islands were he spent many childhood summers under the waves of the Pacific. His infatuation with coral led to a position in the reef aquarium industry for 4 years before bringing his passion to Teens4Oceans. Zack received his degree in Evolutionary Biology & Ecology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. As a talented reef aquarist and long time scuba diver, Zack believes that experience is the best teacher. Through hands-on research opportunities and experiencing the underwater world, Zack truly believes that we can cultivate a generation of educated, empowered and inspired Ocean Stewards.

As the Research and Outreach Coordinator, Zack hopes to introduce youth to the beauty and complexity of our oceans while creating the same appreciation and love for coral reef ecosystems that he had as a child.

Dr. John “Charlie” Veron


Cast

Bio coming soon.

Trevor Mendelow


Cast

Bio coming soon.

Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg


Chief Scientific Advisor

Ove Hoegh-Guldberg is the Director of the Global Change Institute (www.gci.uq.edu.au) and Professor of Marine Science at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Ove’s research focuses on the impacts of climate change for life in the ocean, and is one of the most cited authors in the scientific literature on climate change (> 25,000 citations from over 300 papers, books, and patents). Driven by a lifelong passion for science and discovery, Ove has traveled from Antarctica to the tropics to understand the rapid changes that are occurring in marine organisms and ecosystems. In concert with his science, Ove has been a dedicated communicator of the threats posed by ocean change, being among the first to raise the alarm about the serious threat of climate change to ocean systems in the early 1990s. As part of this, he has worked on numerous film projects with environmental film-makers such as Sir David Attenborough, Richard Smith, and Jeff Orlowski. As well, Ove has been the Coordinating Lead Author for the ‘Oceans’ chapter for the Fifth Assessment report of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The fortunate recipient of several awards for his work, Ove has received a Eureka Prize, ARC Laureate, and Queensland Premier’s Fellowship, as well as the 2014 Prince Albert II Award for Climate Change and the 2016 Banksia International Award. He is a member of the Australian Academy of Science and lives in Brisbane, Australia with his marine biologist partner, Dr. Sophie Dove and their two ocean-inspired children, Fiona and Chris.

Dr. Mark Eakin


Chief Scientific Advisor

Dr. C. Mark Eakin has worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for over 20 years and directs Coral Reef Watch, a program that monitors coral reef ecosystems through satellite and in water observations. Dr. Eakin holds a Ph.D. from the University of Miami and publishes on coral reef ecology, especially the impact of climate change on coral reefs, coral bleaching, ocean acidification, and coral paleoclimatology. He co-chaired the US Coral Reef Task Force’s Climate Change Working Group, has testified before the US Congress on the impacts of climate change and was a contributing author on the 2014 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Assessment Report.

Dr. Ruth Gates


Scientific Advisor

Ruth Gates is Director of the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB), University of Hawaii at Manoa. She was awarded her PhD in 1990 from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in England and completed postdoctoral training at the University of California at Los Angeles before moving to Hawaii in 2003. At HIMB she leads a dynamic research group that focuses on coral reef health and on developing and advancing solutions that can improve the prognosis for coral reef. She has published well over a hundred scholarly works, has been recognized with
many prestigious awards and is the current President of the International Society for Reef Studies. She is a passionate advocate for coral reefs.

Dr. Joanie Kleypas


Scientific Advisor

Bio coming soon.

Dr. Justin Marshall


Scientific Advisor

Proffesor Justin Marshall is a Reef ecologist and runs CoralWatch, a not-for-profit citizen science program that aims to bring corals back from the brink.

Since his first reef encounter at the age of 6, Justing has been fascinated by their biology and in love with their beauty. He absolutely refuses to accept that humans are not capable of preserving this fantastic ecosystem into the future but knows we are currently not doing a very good job. One of the reasons for designing the CoralWatch system as it is and the reason for coordinating and helping to write our book is to engage the community in this process. The time for thought and discussion is over and the time for action and tough decisions is here. Dr. Marshall is very fortunate to be able to work on reefs every day and spend as much time as he can there.

Dr. James Porter


Scientific Advisor

James W. Porter is the Josiah Meigs Professor of Ecology at the University of Georgia specializing in the biology and ecology of coral reefs.  Dr. Porter has testified before Congress five times, most recently on the impact of global warming on coral reefs.  In 2005 he received the prestigious Eugene P. Odum Award for environmental education from the Ecological Society of America and in 2006, he was elected President of Sigma Xi, a scientific honor society with more than 160,000 members worldwide, including all living Nobel Laureates.

Dr. Porter’s award winning photographs have appeared in Life Magazine and the New York Times.  His work has been featured on ABC World News, NBC Nightly News, CNN News, and the CBS Evening News.

Dr. Phil Dustan


Scientific Advisor

Dr. Phillip Dustan, Professor of Biology, College of Charleston, is a marine ecologist specializing in the ecology, vitality, and conservation of coral reefs. Much of his work has centered on detecting change in reef communities to assess coral reef health. Additional interests include phytoplankton ecology, the oceanography of marine mammal habitats, and human influences on marine ecosystems.