CORVALLIS, Ore. – Schools, libraries, non-profits and government groups can now license a feature-length documentary made by Oregon State University about the decline of coral reef ecosystems.

Organizations interested in group screenings of “Saving Atlantis” can do so for as little at $50 through Collective Eye Films.

All money that filters down to Oregon State will be used to fund a new initiative that will fuse science and storytelling and allow student filmmakers, writers and artists to document the research of OSU scientists and students.

The documentary, “Saving Atlantis,” focuses on the dramatic decline of coral reef ecosystems around the world and the impact on people who depend on them.

The film’s producers spent three years filming coral microbiologist Rebecca Vega Thurber and other researchers from Oregon State and around the world who are uncovering the causes of coral decline and looking to find solutions so they don’t disappear.

The documentary is narrated by Emmy-winning narrator Peter Coyote, who has voiced several documentaries by Ken Burns, including last year’s “The Vietnam War.”

The film has been screened at six film festivals already and on Oct. 12 it will be screened at the BendFilm Festival.

General OSU

About Oregon State University: As one of only three land, sea, space and sun grant universities in the nation, Oregon State serves Oregon and the world by working on today’s most pressing issues. Our more than 36,000 students come from across the globe, and our programs operate in every Oregon county. Oregon State receives more research funding than all of the state’s comprehensive public universities combined. At our campuses in Corvallis and Bend, marine research center in Newport, OSU Portland Center and award-winning Ecampus, we excel at shaping today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders.

Story By: 

Sean Nealon, 541-737-0787, [email protected]


David Baker, 541-737-8323, [email protected]


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