Netflix Adds Jeff Orlowski’s Chasing Coral to Catalog


PARK CITY: Netflix has snapped up the global rights for the film Chasing Coral, directed by Jeff Orlowski, with a release slated for later this year.

Chasing Coral follows Orlowski’s 2012 doc Chasing Ice. The film chronicles the challenging work of a team as they invent the first time-lapse camera to record coral bleaching events as they occur. The Exposure Labs production is produced by Orlowski and Larissa Rhodes in association with Argent Pictures and The Kendeda Fund. It will make its world debut at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Chasing Coral is a stunning cinematic achievement,” said Lisa Nishimura, Netflix’s VP of original documentaries. “Jeff has captured a beautiful view under the ocean seldom seen, giving viewers a firsthand tour through a dynamic and urgent issue. We are proud to have the film join our growing roster of films and series that aim to speak to a wide global audience and engage people simultaneously across borders.”

Orlowski noted: “This project has been a labor of love for so many years. We wanted to make sure that our film found the right home, especially given the global scale of this story. In partnering with Netflix, we’re excited about working together to make a huge impact around the world.”

“It took a village to make this film,” added Rhodes. “We shot over three years, spent 650-plus hours underwater, including footage from over 30 countries with the support of hundreds of people around the world. We’re thrilled that with Netflix, we’ll be able to bring this story about corals to the surface.”