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 Haereticus Environmental Lab

"Reefs at Risk" was co-produced by Fagan Films and the Redford Center as part of the Redford Center Grants program, which supports documentaries that have the power to ignite change. Filmmakers Malina Fagan and Lynn Pelletier were flown to Sundance, Utah to participate in the 2016 Story Summit to develop their feature film. With support from the New York Community Trust they completed a short film on sunscreen pollution in order to help raise awareness of this very time sensitive issue and to educate viewers about the legislative efforts being done in Hawaii.

Information about reef safe sunscreens will be coming soon! In the meantime, it’s ESSENTIAL to contact Hawaii state representatives and senators THIS WEEK on the importance of SB1150 to protect Hawaii's coral reefs and marine life from the dangers of sunscreens with oxybenzone. Email them at and to express your support to restrict the use and sale of oxybenzone in the state of Hawaii. 

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help “Reefs at Risk” be seen at more festivals, grassroots screenings and events. Click below to be directed to our fiscal sponsor From The Heart Productions

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Check out our website to learn more about the toxic chemicals in our everyday cosmetics and personal care products and to help support our feature film. Be sure to follow us on social media and use the hashtag #REEFSATRISK.