Spawning Hope

Elkhorn Coral

Another inspiring story of innovation, this short film follows a team of scientists as they attempt to use cryopreserved coral sperm to introduce coral DNA to new populations of elkhorn coral. If this technique works, it could have lasting impacts on how conservationists are able to protect and restore endangered corals from near extinction.

Action Opportunity

Check out the Smithsonian Conservation
Biology’s page on coral reproduction
and cryopreservation

Filmmaker: Roshan Patel

Running Time: 10 mins

Language: English

2021 ACFF OfficialSelection
Roshan Patel

Roshan Patel, Filmmaker

An award-winning filmmaker living in Washington, D.C, Patel earned his MFA in science and natural history filmmaking from Montana State University and produces short films on a variety of conservation topics. He is the media producer at Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, where he creates films ranging in topic from coral conservation to the spread of disease through wildlife.