A short documentary on sunscreen pollution and coral reefs.

Help support our outreach and feature film by making a tax-deductible donation!

REEFS AT RISK - What’s in your sunscreen? A Project of Documentaries

LOGLINE: Set on the beautiful beaches of Hawaii, "Reefs at Risk" explores the harmful effects some sunscreen chemicals have on coral reefs and marine life. In order to protect this fragile ecosystem, Hawaii strives to ban a commonly used UV chemical, called oxybenzone, and hopes that other states and nations will follow.

"The cinematography! The sound! The editing! Absolutely wonderful! It will shake the world!"

- Dr. Craig Downs, Executive Director of the Haereticus Environmental Lab

SYNOPSIS: Coral reefs are dying at an alarming rate. Why should you care? Coral reefs protect our shores and supply food and oxygen to our planet. They are considered the "rainforests of the sea." There are many factors contributing to the destruction of coral reefs worldwide, and one we can eliminate is toxic chemicals in sunscreens and other personal care products. This timely film takes you underwater to explore the marine environment and follows those on land trying to protect it. The film also questions the effects these chemicals may have on humans and presents alternatives for consumers to protect themselves and the reef.

SUPPORT OUR OUTREACH: "Reefs At Risk" premiered at the Hawaii International Film Festival on April 9th, 2017 and has been shared privately with Hawaii state legislators voting on SB1150. The film will be screened at the Blue Vision Summit in Washington D.C. May 9-11th and on NOAA's Science Seminar on May 17th. Your tax-deductible donations will help us expand our outreach and get the film seen at grassroots screenings, festivals and events this summer. Your financial support will also help us run ads to grow our online audience and help get this film in the hands of everyone - for free!

HELP US SHINE A LIGHT ON MORE TOXIC CHEMICALS! "Reefs At Risk" was made possible with support from The Redford Center and the New York Community Trust. Filmmakers Lynn Pelletier and Malina Fagan, a mother-daughter team from Hawaii, were one of 6 teams chosen from 282 grant applications for their feature film "THE COVERUP," which explores the personal and environmental effects of the toxic chemicals found in everyday cosmetics and personal care products (like shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, makeup, etc.) They were flown to Sundance, Utah to receive mentorship and develop a short "proof of concept" film to help raise funds for their feature.

Given the timeliness of the topic and the importance of our reefs, they decided to focus their short film on sunscreen pollution to help get legislation passed in Hawaii to ban oxybenzone, a chemical of concern in many sunscreens.

Please donate to help with our outreach and to support the creation of our feature film! THE COVERUP, which explores many chemicals in our everyday products, is currently in mid-production and seeking sponsors and donors. To learn more visit www.thecoverupfilm.com and click below to see a trailer.


  1. Use sunscreens without oxybenzone (preferably non-nano zinc oxide)
  2. Contact legislators to ban the use/sale of oxybenzone in Hawaii ASAP (email sens@capitol.hawaii.gov & reps@capitol.hawaii.gov to contact ALL of them)
  3. Donate to support our outreach and feature film. (You can specify in the comments section where you would like your donation to go.)
  4. Help protect coral reefs and marine life by sharing our film! Tag @thecoverupfilm and use the hashtag #ReefsAtRisk.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook (@thecoverupdoc) Instagram & Twitter (@thecoverupfilm) to learn about future screenings, updates with the legislation and to get recommendations for non-toxic sunscreens.

Whether you donate or not, please share our film and fundraising site and use the hashtag #ReefsAtRisk. Thank you for your time and contributions! To learn more contact us.

Supported by 6 Donations:

  • Melissa D.
  • nancy r.
    I Gave $50
  • Sandra O.
    I Gave $200
    Wishing you every success in getting this important message out there! Warm Alohas, Sandra and Tony Osborne
  • Anjelica G.
    I Gave $50
    Thank you for helping to educate the public about this important issue impacting the reef and marine life ecosystem.
  • Silhouette
    keep up the good work
  • Shannon K.
    Chemical sunscreens and other toxic ingredients harm people and reefs! We donated to raise awareness about alternatives, so we can all avoid toxins!