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With the same adventurous spirit and curiosity that inspired Emmy Award-Winning Chasing Ice, Director Jeff Orlowski and the film team train their lens on the world’s oceans on a journey to reveal a mysterious phenomenon happening beneath the surface.

The team follows Richard Vevers, a former ad man, who left his advertising career to become an underwater photographer. Captivated by the magic of the reefs, he sets out to reveal the oceans to the world. He meets with the world’s most brilliant coral scientists and learns of a horrific event unfolding: an underwater heatwave is killing corals around the planet. With young scientist and self-proclaimed “coral nerd” Zackery Rago, the film team ventures to remote regions of the planet, racing the clock and battling the unpredictable nature of the ocean to document this beautiful yet haunting phenomenon.

Chasing Coral was shot over three years, with expeditions to coral reefs around the world. The imagery is an ominous warning of the planet’s future along the current course; at the same time, it is a celebration of the most biodiverse ecosystem on the planet.


  • Free popcorn courtesy of St. Michael’s Country Day School
  • On-site food vendors: Diego’s, Boru Noodle Bar, A Fork In The Road, Tricycle Ice Cream, LemonsAid
  • BYO picnic, blankets & chairs
  • Bike racks on-site provided by Bike Newport

Rain Venue: Casino Theatre, 9 Freebody Street, Newport
Free Event – Suggested $5 Donation

6:35pm: Venue & food vendors open
7:20pm: Live music by Silverteeth
8:20pm: Welcome from Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
8:35pm: Film followed by Q&A with director Jeff Orlowski & producer Larissa Rhodes
Run time: 93 minutes
Director: Jeff Orlowski
Producer: Larissa Rhodes
Chasing Coral
This is a past event

An emotional race against time.

The New York Times

A powerful wake up call.

The Hollywood Reporter

Gorgeous underwater exploration is ‘The War Room’ for environmental advocacy docs.


The more that people see, and understand, the death of our coral, the more they’ll realize that climate change isn’t just about wrecking the planet, it’s about humanity destroying itself.


'Chasing Coral' is a landmark film for activism.

A triumph of both visual and narrative storytelling.

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