‘Window in the Waves’ Coral Reef Documentary Featuring Island University Students Airs in Houston

October 16, 2014

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – “Window in the Waves,” a story of the Flower Garden Banks, a documentary on coral reefs featuring Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Harte Research Institute (HRI) students is set to air in Houston, Texas.

The first showing will air on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. on KUHT TV 8 Houston Public Media. The documentary will repeat Friday, October 24 at 1:30 a.m. and Saturday, Oct. 25 at 4:30 p.m.

The corals of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, which lies approximately 130 miles off the Texas coast, is a series of coral-topped submerged banks that are the northern most coral reefs in North America. They are also some of the healthiest, with a higher percentage of living coral coverage than any other reefs in the Gulf of Mexico or the Caribbean Sea.

“Window in the Waves” tells the intriguing story of how these reefs were formed and why they are crucial to the global environment.

“It’s really interesting that so many Texas residents aren’t aware of these world-class coral reefs,” said Director of Photography Todd Richard of Synergy Productions. “They’re in our backyard and thrive in the middle of one of the busiest oil and gas production areas on earth. This documentary allows us to learn and care about a miraculous place that is like no other in the world.”

The documentary crew connected with researchers and students of the HRI at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi who get a close-up look at the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary each year during the coral spawning event in August.  The expedition gives students the opportunity to break away from their books and experience one of the Gulf’s natural wonders before they move on to their future careers.

The 2014 Blue Ocean International Film Competition named Richard and “Window in the Waves” as a finalist in the Emerging Filmmaker category. This project also received an honorable mention in the Cinematography category. In all, 350 films from 45 countries were judged for the 2014 competition.

CLICK HERE to view the trailer for “Window in the Waves.”