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OSU Documentary Film On Global Coral Reef Decline Makes Waves

David A. Baker

A feature-length documentary directed and produced at Oregon State University in Corvallis-- could have environmental impacts around the world.

The 2018 film, Saving Atlantis, captures the beauty and evident decline of the world’s coral reefs. It is believed 50% of them have been lost in the last 50 years. 

The filmmakers traveled across the globe, following scientists and local organizers who fight to save surviving portions of corals. Saving Atlantis was screened in capital cities and remote villages.  

Credit Oregon State Productions
The 75-minute documentary feature is now in distribution on digital platforms worldwide.

Co-director David Baker says the film is having impacts in South America. 

Authorities pay attention: “There’s one reef in Columbia called Varadero that was just recently discovered by scientists. And that reef was slated to be dredged to make a new shipping channel. So we started to bring a lot of attention to this issue. The authorities started to pay a little bit of attention.”

Credit David A. Baker
David Baker documents coral reef health for Saving Atlantis film.

Saving Atlantis is now in worldwide digital distribution. Baker says proceeds will be used to award fellowships to student filmmakers at OSU.   

Tiffany joined the KLCC News team in 2007. She studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has worked in a variety of media including television and daily print news. For KLCC, Tiffany reports on health care, social justice and local/regional news. She has won awards from Oregon Associated Press, PRNDI, and Education Writers Association.
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