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The documentary Chasing Coral screening set for November 7 at Nicolet College

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Sundance winner Chasing Coral Nov. 7 at Nicolet College

     The once exceedingly vast, vibrant and fertile fields of ocean coral and their rapid demise will take center stage in the Nicolet College Theatre with the screening and audience discussion of the award-winning film Chasing Coral at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7.

     A winner at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and the recipient of a box full of other awards, the film documents the rapidly-shrinking marine ecosystems from around the world as they devolve from lush and diverse environments to barren wastelands consisting of little more than muck.

     The culprit: warming ocean waters where as little as a two-degree temperature change can have devastating impacts.

     Taking more than three years to shoot, director Jeff Orlowski sifted through more than 500 hours of underwater video from around the world to make the hour-and-a-half-long film.

     “The secret weapon for Chasing Coral is that it’s extremely funny, involving the viewers into its “Silicon Valley”-level nerd-ery about coral reefs. Orlowski's direct involvement with the story makes the documentary its own adventure,” writes Nick Allen for the Ebert Club newsletter.

     Nicolet Herrington, film critic for The New York Times, says “the film is particularly compelling when following Zack Rago, a self-proclaimed coral nerd whose love is palpable and infectious. The work takes a toll on his spirits, never more so than when after weeks of dives, he encounters what has essentially become a gravesite, barely resembling what was once a fertile haven.”

     Dr. David Barnhill will lead a discussion at the conclusion of the film.

     The presentation is part of the Our Changing World series at Nicolet, sponsored by the Oneida and Vilas County Chapter of the Citizen’s Climate Lobby and the Nicolet College Sustainability Professional Learning Community.

     Admission is free and open to the public.

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