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