Chasing Coral, about the effects of climate change on coral reefs, won the Audience Choice Award at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. During the class, Dr. Porter will describe his on-camera contributions to the film, provide a behind-the-scenes look at Sundance, and describe some exciting new science that has emerged from the film. On October 4th, the film’s Producer, Larissa Rhodes, and several other cast members, will come to Athens for a local premier. The screening will be followed by an audience Q&A that will include Dr. Porter. OLLI members are encouraged to attend the screening and meet the film makers in person.
James W. Porter is the Josiah Meigs Professor Emeritus of Ecology at the UGA. He specializes in the ecology of coral reefs. Dr. Porter has testified before Congress five times, most recently on the impact of global warming on coral reefs. In 2005 he received the prestigious Eugene P. Odum Award for environmental education from the Ecological Society of America. Dr. Porter's award winning photographs have appeared in Life Magazine and the New York Times. This year, the film he contributed to, Chasing Coral won the 2017 Sundance Film Festival’s Audience Award.