Special Screening: Saving Atlantis
Join us on February 15 at 7 p.m. for a special screening of the new movie, Saving Atlantis, in OMSI's Empirical Theater. Doors open at 6 p.m. and several ocean-themed organizations will be available for discussion. A Q&A session will follow the screening and will include: Rebecca Vega Thurber, Ph.D., lead researcher on the Global Coral Microbiome project; Monica Medina, Ph.D., head of the Medina Lab at Penn State University and collaborator on the Global Coral Microbiome project; Ryan McMinds, Ph.D. candidate in the Rebecca Vega Thurber Lab at Oregon State University; and Justin Smith, a graduate of Oregon State University's MBA program and an award-winning filmmaker who has filmed on five continents.
Reserve your FREE tickets to the screening at coralreefmovie.org.
Saving Atlantis is a feature documentary about one of the most consequential issues of our time: the dramatic decline of global coral reef ecosystems and the impact on human populations that depend on them. Narrated by Emmy-winning narrator Peter Coyote, who has voiced several documentaries by Ken Burns, including last year’s “The Vietnam War.”
Produced by a team of award-winning filmmakers and researchers, the film follows those who are fighting to uncover the causes of coral decline and find solutions before it’s too late. It is an emotional exploration of some of our planet's greatest natural wonders at a tipping point in their ecological history.
Coral reefs cover only 0.1 percent of the Earth’s surface, but they’re home to 25 percent of all marine species, and they’re being lost at an alarming rate. Pollution, overfishing and climate change are some of the human-influenced culprits in the dramatic decline of these magnificent natural structures. Coral reefs serve as a lynchpin in the global food web. Their decline leads our entire planet in a perilous direction. But research from scientists around the world hints at bright spots where real strides can be made in preservation and protection of these habitats.
This event is part of the OSU150 Sea Grant Festival. For more information, visit communications.oregonstate.edu/sea.