Thompson Middle School students in Newport attended screenings of the environmental documentaries Chasing Coral and 2040 as part of newportFILM’s edu program, which connects young audiences to current, impactful films. Presented by 11th Hour Racing, students gathered at Salve Regina University’s Casino Theatre over two days, engaging with educators from Clean Ocean Access for post-film discussions centering ocean health and local sustainability efforts.

newportFILM first screened Chasing Coral at our 2017 outdoor series.  From acclaimed filmmaker, Jeff Orlowski (The Social Dilemma), Chasing Coral follows a team of divers, photographers and scientists as they set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world. Chasing Coral is available to stream on Netflix; click here for more about the film.

2040 comes from award-winning director Damon Gameau (That Sugar Film). Motivated by concerns about the planet his 4-year-old daughter would inherit, Damon embarked on a global journey to meet innovators and changemakers in the areas of economics, technology, civil society, agriculture, education and sustainability. Drawing on their expertise, he sought to identify the best solutions, available to us now, that would help improve the health of our planet and the societies that operate within it. From marine permaculture to decentralised renewable energy projects, he discovered that people all over the world are taking matters into their own hands. Click here for more about the film.

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