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‘Chasing Coral’ Review: Environmental Doc Exposes Oceanic Crisis

14 July 2017 3:03 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Jeff Orlowski is chronicling change. In “Chasing Ice,” he followed National Geographic photographer James Balog as he set out to capture shifting glaciers. Orlowski’s latest, “Chasing Coral,” sees the director diving headfirst into another obsession: the vanishing act of the world’s coral reefs. Our entry point into the abyss is a team of motivated and knowledgeable divers, photographers and scientists. Collectively, they’ve decided to embark on a mission to understand why these reefs are disintegrating. It is, from the get-go, a somber pursuit. Many of the team members are fully aware of how our coral reefs got to this place, »

- Sam Fragoso

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Movie Review: Seeing is believing in the wrenchingly illustrative climate doc Chasing Coral

11 July 2017 10:00 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Scientists overwhelmingly agree that humanity’s enormous carbon footprint is potentially disastrous, but reading peer-reviewed papers with titles like “Attributing Physical And Biological Impacts To Anthropogenic Climate Change” doesn’t exactly stir the blood. Even Al Gore’s PowerPoint lecture in An Inconvenient Truth (which has a sequel forthcoming in just a few weeks), with its onslaught of facts and figures, skews a little dry. Seeking to provide a more visceral sense of the danger, documentary filmmaker Jeff Orlowski has spent much of the past decade training cameras on natural phenomena that are vanishing at an alarming rate. His first feature, 2012’s Chasing Ice, employed time-lapse photography to show the speedy disappearance of various Arctic glaciers, and was almost as visually stunning as it was disturbing. Now, Orlowski has made a sequel of sorts, Chasing Coral, which offers a similarly majestic/bleak look at the effect of rising ocean »

- Mike D'Angelo

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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Documentary Feature

5 July 2017 11:02 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Getting out early can be an advantage in the documentary race, which is often front loaded at January’s Sundance Film Festival. While a raft of movies made their mark, the question is which ones can sustain support through the end of the year.

Among that festival’s breakouts were three Syria documentaries. Daring and timely “City of Ghosts” (July 14, A & E/Amazon Studios), which is Matthew Heineman’s follow-up to his Oscar-nominated border drug war thriller “Cartel Land,” will get a major push. Any footage from Syria came from the fearless Raqqa journalists he tracked through Turkey and Germany, where they discover that they are not necessarily safe — anywhere.

It remains to be seen if there will be room for more than one Syrian documentary. HBO Documentary Films is forgoing Emmy consideration for “Winter on Fire” nominee Evgeny Afineevsky’s harrowing “Cries From Syria” (March 10, HBO), planning an Oscar push this fall. »

- Anne Thompson

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Must Watch: Official Trailer for Powerful Documentary 'Chasing Coral'

8 June 2017 5:26 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"Our oceans are dramatically changing and we are losing coral reefs on a global scale." So sad. Netflix has debuted the official trailer for the extraordinary documentary Chasing Coral, in celebration of World Oceans Day today. This amazing doc is the follow-up to Chasing Ice, also profiling the devastating effects of climate change. This time filmmaker Jeff Orlowski dives underwater to show use firsthand what's happening to the coral reefs on this planet. He spent three years with "divers, underwater photographers, and experts to reveal the majesty of our oceans, and the rapidly changing reality we're facing." I saw this at its premiere at Sundance and totally fell for it (read my glowing review). It made me cry with tears of frustration, and happiness, because it's a beautifully-made film - the best climate doc I've seen in years (I've seen them all). Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Jeff Orlowski's documentary Chasing Coral, »

- Alex Billington

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'Chasing Coral', 'Icarus' directors on why they struck deals with Netflix

8 June 2017 6:50 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Bryan Fogel and Jeff Orlowski explain the appeal of Netflix for doc-makers.

Documentary-makers heading to Sheffield Doc/Fest this weekend with Netflix-backed films have said there is “no silver bullet” to quell distribution dilemmas casting a shadow over factual programming.

The distribution landscape for non-fiction docs and series has transformed radically in the past five years due to SVoD entrants flush with cash, leaving many directors with issue-driven projects struggling to identify the best outlets.

Speaking at a Sundance London event last week, directors Bryan Fogel (Icarus) and Jeff Orlowski (Chasing Coral) both said they “laboured over” selling their films to Netflix in lieu of traditional broadcast deals.

“I wanted the film to be truly seen,” said Fogel. “Netflix presses a button and it’s in 190 countries. You know that literally millions of people will see your film.”

Netflix’s reported $5m (£3.85m) deal for Icarus is at the top end of what it will pay for »

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'Chasing Coral', 'Icarius' directors on why they struck deals with Netflix

8 June 2017 6:50 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Bryan Fogel and Jeff Orlowski explain the appeal of Netflix for doc-makers.

Documentary-makers heading to Sheffield Doc/Fest this weekend with Netflix-backed films have said there is “no silver bullet” to quell distribution dilemmas casting a shadow over factual programming.

The distribution landscape for non-fiction docs and series has transformed radically in the past five years due to SVoD entrants flush with cash, leaving many directors with issue-driven projects struggling to identify the best outlets.

Speaking at a Sundance London event last week, directors Bryan Fogel (Icarus) and Jeff Orlowski (Chasing Coral) both said they “laboured over” selling their films to Netflix in lieu of traditional broadcast deals.

“I wanted the film to be truly seen,” said Fogel. “Netflix presses a button and it’s in 190 countries. You know that literally millions of people will see your film.”

Netflix’s reported $5m (£3.85m) deal for Icarus is at the top end of what it will pay for »

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2018 Oscar Predictions

9 March 2017 11:15 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Picture

2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Director

2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Actor

2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Actress

2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Supporting Actress

2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Supporting Actress

It’s early days yet, we know. But awards season 2018 got started at Sundance, and will continue at Cannes.

Check out our early speculation, based on credible filmmakers, promising ensembles and Oscar-savvy distributors, of what might be in store when the next award season rolls around in the fall of 2017.

Sundance introduced the first potential feature contenders: Michael Showalter’s big Amazon Studios sale, “The Big Sick,” a true romance starring writer-actor Kumail Nanjani, as well as Geremy Jasper’s New Jersey rap musical “Patti Cake$” (Fox Searchlight), starring breakout Australian actress Danielle MacDonald and returning veteran Cathy Moriarty (“Raging Bull”), Sony Pictures Classics’ elegiac gay romance “Call Me By Your Name” , directed by Luca Guadagnino and starring Armie Hammer, “Homeland” breakout Timothée Chalamet, »

- Anne Thompson

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Oscars Support the Press During ‘The Empty Chair’ Performance

26 February 2017 7:18 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Both in tribute to the lost journalist and in demonstration of the power of music, Sting took to the Oscar stage to perform the best song nominee “The Empty Chair” from “Jim: The James Foley Story.”

At the end of his touching solo performance, a shot of Foley was projected on the stage with his quote, “If I don’t have the moral courage to challenge authority … we don’t have journalism.”

The quote was especially timely given that President Trump just banned several news outlets, including CNN and the New York Times, from White House briefings.

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The film tells the story of journalist and war correspondent James “Jim” Foley, who was captured first by pro-Gaddafi forces in Libya before Isis kidnapped him in 2012. The first imprisonment lasted 44 days, while the latter ended tragically after two years in captivity.

Foley was beheaded by »

- Dani Levy

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Songs Sell Docs’ Messages

7 February 2017 7:45 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Documentary filmmakers are, increasingly, turning to big-name artists for songs to underline their messages or call attention to their projects. And their work is, more than ever, being noticed at awards time.

 

One of this year’s five Oscar song nominees was from a nonfiction film: “The Empty Chair” from “Jim: The James Foley Story” by Sting and J. Ralph. This is Ralph’s third nomination for a song from a documentary; he was previously nominated for 2012’s “Chasing Ice” and 2015’s “Racing Extinction.”

 

Seventeen of the 91 songs eligible for this year’s best song Oscar emerged from documentaries, and several of them were performed by high-profile writer-performers – everyone from Common (“The 13th”) and Tori Amos (“Audrie & Daisy”) to Sia (“The Eagle Huntress”) and Nine Inch NailsTrent Reznor (“Before the Flood”).

 

One documentary song has even won an Oscar: Melissa Etheridge’s “I Need to Wake Up” for the 2006 climate-change film “An Inconvenient Truth. »

- Jon Burlingame

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Film Review: ‘Chasing Coral’

6 February 2017 10:29 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

One foolproof way to make an audience cry is to tell the story of a dog who dies. (Sure, it’s manipulative, but I’m not sure I’d want to be friends with someone who sat dry-eyed through “Marley & Me.”) Yet did you ever think you’d shed a tear for dying coral? In “Chasing Coral,” the winner of this year’s Audience Award for documentary at Sundance, we see the coral beds of the world’s oceans in all their wavy phosphorescent delicacy and flesh-bulb splendor. They’re like flowers, brains, suction cups, tubular orifices; a lot of them come in sparkly psychedelic colors that look too wild to fit onto a rainbow.

Then we see the same coral beds after they’ve expired: vast stretches of stone-gray fossil, the former tentacles reaching up like dead fingers. Anyone who has been snorkeling has probably encountered coral graveyards like these, »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Sundance: ‘I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore,’ ‘Dina’ Top Festival Awards

28 January 2017 6:30 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Sundance Film Festival wrapped with awards for “I don’t feel at home in this world anymore.” and “Dina,” the grand jury winners in the U.S. dramatic and documentary competitions.

The directorial debut of Macon Blair, “I don’t feel at home…” announces a bold new writing-directing talent best known as an actor in such films as “Blue Ruin” and “Green Room.” With its mouthful title and roller coaster vibe, the loony thriller stars Melanie Lynskey as a mild-mannered woman who refuses to let a simple housebreaking go unsolved, resulting in a bloody and unpredictable ride for all involved.

Offering a freshly humanist spin on non-fiction filmmaking, Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini’s “Dina” is a portrait of an unconventional romance between characters who “were called different” since birth. As co-director Santini put it, “Dan and me just wanted to make a film where we celebrate others’ differences. »

- Peter Debruge

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‘Chasing Coral’ Review: Gorgeous Underwater Exploration is ‘The War Room’ for Environmental Advocacy Docs — Sundance 2017

26 January 2017 12:23 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Coral has a branding problem, if you will. Like a beautiful sunset over a pollution-choked city, some of the most striking images of underwater ecosystems stem from environmental mistreatment. If you’ve ever seen an ocean shot of pristine white reefs contrasting the blue of the water, you might be looking at an impending graveyard. “Chasing Coral” (which follows director Jeff Orlowski’s glacier erosion chronicle, “Chasing Ice”) takes that optics problem head on. In the process, his environmental film becomes something akin to a behind-the-scenes look at a political campaign. How do you meld the larger cause with individual efforts to sway the public into action?

Like other conservation docs (this year’s Sundance has an entire program devoted to climate), “Chasing Coral” features a heavy dose of natural majesty. In addition to the hi-res footage you’d expect from a ocean-centric portrait (clownfish and anemone fans will be »

- Steve Greene

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‘Chasing Coral’ Director Jeff Orlowski On “Very Real” Dangers Of Climate Change – Sundance Studio

25 January 2017 2:38 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

The inaugural Sundance Institute Discovery Impact Fellow for environmental filmmaking, Chasing Coral helmer Jeff Orlowski saw his last documentary, Chasing Ice, receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song, and screen for Congress, the White House and the Un. Chasing Coral, his "thematic sequel" to that film, has been acquired by Netflix and employs world-class photographic technology to capture the rapid disappearance of coral reefs across the… »

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Sundance 2017: Heartbreaking, Urgent Documentary 'Chasing Coral'

24 January 2017 11:09 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

I didn't think watching amazing footage of coral dying would make me so emotional, but it did. I was wiping away tears through this fantastic documentary, Chasing Coral, the follow-up to Jeff Orlowski's Chasing Ice. Orlowski is a very passionate, extremely talented filmmaker who not only dives deep into his projects, but knows how to make an engaging and encouraging documentary. Chasing Coral documents Orlowski's mission to capture time-lapse footage of coral in the ocean being bleached due to rising water temperature, which is caused by the excessive amount of fossil fuels we're burning. Not only does he get the footage, he crafts a gripping narrative around chasing coral and ends with a enthusiastic call for action. Go see this doc. I've seen pretty much every last climate documentary made over the last few years, and many of them are too depressing or don't have enough hope in them »

- Alex Billington

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Laura Nix Named Sundance Institute, Discovery Impact Fellow (Exclusive)

21 January 2017 4:14 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Laura Nix, director of “The Yes Men are Revolting,” will be honored as the the Sundance Institute and Discovery Impact fellow. She is the second recipient of the award. Jeff Orlowski, the director of “Chasing Ice,” was the first recipient of the fellowship in 2016.

The fellowship honors directors who tell stories that deal with environmental issues and whose work grapples with the threats to the planet The grant money is intended to help directors continue their commitment to environmental work and can be used at their discretion.

“Laura has established herself as an exciting voice in the documentary film world by telling stories of people working to change the way we think about our environment,” said John Hoffman, Executive Vice President of Documentaries and Specials, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and Science Channel.

The Yes Men are Revolting” is a 2014 film that centers on a pair of provocateurs who use satirical »

- Brent Lang

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Sundance: Netflix acquires 'Chasing Coral'

21 January 2017 3:24 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The streaming giant is acquiring worldwide rights from Submarine to Jeff Orlowski’s U.S. Documentary Competition selection following its premiere on Saturday.

Netflix plans a release later this year on the Exposure Labs production that marks Orlowski’s second feature after Sundance 2012 documentary Chasing Ice.

Chasing Coral centres on the collaboration between an ad man, a coral expert, cutting-edge camera designers and renowned marine biologists as they invent the first time-lapse camera to record coral bleaching events.

The group battles technical malfunctions and nature in pursuit of their goal.

The documentary was produced in association with Argent Pictures and The Kendeda Fund and in partnership with The Ocean Agency and View Into the Blue. David J. Cornfield, Linda A. Cornfield, Ryan W. Ahrens, and Jill K. Ahrens served as executive producers.

Chasing Coral is a stunning cinematic achievement,” said Lisa Nishimura, Netflix’s vice-president of original documentaries. “Jeff has captured a beautiful view under the ocean »

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Netflix Acquires Climate Change Documentary ‘Chasing Coral’ — Sundance 2017

21 January 2017 2:46 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Netflix has acquired the worldwide rights to the documentary “Chasing Coral.” The film focuses on the destruction of coral reefs as a result of climate change, and is the second doc centered on the effects of global warming for filmmaker Jeff Orlowski, whose previous film was 2012’s “Chasing Ice.”

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Chasing Coral” follows a team of divers, photographers and scientists who set out on an ocean adventure and invent the first time-lapse camera to record coral bleaching events as they happen. The purchase comes the same day as the doc’s premiere Saturday in Sundance’s U.S. Documentary Competition, and two days after the premiere of “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” the follow-up to former vice president Al Gore’s 2006’s “An Inconvenient Truth.” Netflix plans to release “Chasing Coral” later this year.

“Jeff has captured a beautiful view under the ocean seldom seen, »

- Graham Winfrey

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Climate Change Doc ‘Chasing Coral’ Washes Up With Netflix

21 January 2017 2:39 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to Jeff Orlowski’s climate-change documentary “Chasing Coral,” which premiered this month at the Sundance Film Festival, the company announced Saturday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The film, an Exposure Labs production produced by Orlowski and Larissa Rhodes, is a follow-up to his 2012 documentary “Chasing Ice.” Also Read: Sundance Cyber Attack: Festival Box Office Shut Down “Chasing Coral” follows advertising man, a self-proclaimed coral nerd, top-notch camera designers, and renowned marine biologists as they invent the first time-lapse camera to record coral bleaching events as they happen. The team battles technical malfunctions and the force of nature. »

- Thom Geier

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Sundance: Netflix Takes 'Chasing Coral' Doc About the World's Coral Reefs

21 January 2017 2:33 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Netflix has made a second acquisition at the Sundance Film Festival, picking up worldwide rights to Jeff Orlowski’s documentary Chasing Coral, which looks at the state of the world’s coral reefs.

The film, a follow-up to Orlowski’s 2012 doc Chasing Ice, which looked at the melting ice caps, was produced by Orlowski and Larissa Rhodes. Chasing Coral, an Exposure Labs production, is having its world premiere at the festival Saturday.

In advance of the festival, Netflix also picked up worldwide rights to Kitty Green's documentary Casting JonBenet.

Chasing Coral follows a team racing against the clock to document the »

- Gregg Kilday

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‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — J. Ralph (‘Jim: The James Foley Story’)

10 January 2017 2:30 PM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

J. Ralph (Courtesy: Mark Abrahams)

By: Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter

“They’re all about these giant concepts — climate change, the war, autism, species extinction, globalization, one after the next,” says songwriter/composer J. Ralph of the documentaries to which he has contributed music over the years, as we sit down at his Malibu home to record an episode of THR‘s ‘Awards Chatter’ podcast. They have included several films that won the best documentary feature Oscar (2008’s Man on Wireand 2009’s The Cove) or were nominated for it (2012’s Hell and Back Again and 2014’s Virunga). However, 2016’s Jim: The James Foley Story, the most recent doc to which he lent his talents, is different. “This one was about one person,” he notes, namely the eponymous freelance American war correspondent who, in 2014, was killed in Syria while trying to bring attention to the humanitarian crisis occurring there. “I wanted »

- Carson Blackwelder

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