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Reef Rescue

Best Long Form Conservation Film
Jackson Wild Media Awards
Best Science/Nature/Technology Documentary
Yorkton Film Festival
Nominated
World Congress of Science and Factual Producers
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The Story

In the last 50 years, we have lost roughly half of the planet’s coral. Reef Rescue follows scientists unlocking the secrets of how coral has evolved over millions of years. In a world where most of the coral are dying, this research will help scientists discover why some coral are surviving and how this knowledge can be applied to save the rest. 

Reef Rescue unveils the ground-breaking science behind “super corals” and a radical new plan to save the Earth’s imperiled coral reefs. Weaving together exquisite underwater expeditions, a soaring, A.I.-powered, global reef mapping mission, and cutting-edge assisted evolution research in Australia, Hawaii, Florida, and the South Pacific, this one-hour special introduces us to the discovery of “super corals”; the small fraction of corals that survive otherwise lethal hot temperatures. By creating similarly resilient corals the world over, scientists believe they can buy precious time for dead and dying coral reefs.

As scientists study their amazing properties, four scientists are on the forefront of this research: Laetitia Hedouin at the Center of Insular Research and Observatory of Environment (CRIOBE) in Moorea, French Polynesia; Ruth Gates at the Gates Lab in Hawaii; Madeleine Van Oppen at the Australian Institute of Marine Science at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia; and Julia Baum at the Baum Lab, University of Victoria, in Canada. These super women of super coral, along with biologists Greg Asner and Andrew Baker, are racing against time to rescue coral reefs.

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NOVA - 52 min

Vulcan Productions/Drive TV - 52 min

Arte France - 52 min (title: CORAUX, L’ULTIME MÉTAMORPHOSE)

CBC - 44 min

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Not available for distribution.

Production Format: 

Duration(s)

NOVA - 52 min

Vulcan Productions/Drive TV - 52 min

Arte France - 52 min (title: CORAUX, L’ULTIME MÉTAMORPHOSE)

CBC - 44 min

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About The Team

Director
Su Rynard
Co-Producer and Co-Writer
Sally Blake

DIRECTED BY SU RYNARD

PRODUCED BY MERIT JENSEN CARR, SALLY BLAKE, AARON FLORESCO

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER PAUL G. ALLEN

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS RUTH JOHNSTON, ROCKY COLLINS

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS SALLY BLAKE, MERIT JENSEN CARR

WRITTEN BY SU RYNARD, SALLY BLAKE

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY LÉO MONNET

ORIGINAL MUSIC COMPOSED BY STÉPHANE LOPEZ

EDITED BY DAVID MCGUNIGAL

SENIOR EXECUTIVE ALEXA ROSENTRETER

Released:
2020

Distributed by
Drive Media Rights