Dive into glistening schools of sardines, colossal sharks, and eye-popping life. A Reef Reborn celebrates the triumph of a community on the brink of catastrophe and takes viewers on a journey through time in beautiful Baja California. Against the stunning backdrop of Cabo Pulmo, the Castro family and their community allies fight to save a dying reef that had sustained them for generations. Decades of overfishing depleted the Cabo Pulmo reefs and sapped the community of its members, as families abandoned their homes to seek their fortunes elsewhere. United with scientists and conservationists, a new generation of Cabo Pulmo residents resolve to resurrect their most precious resource and build a new future. A Reef Reborn is the global theatrical release of a larger program, and will premiere in San Diego at the San Diego Natural History Museum on March 16, 2016. This film is related to a version entitled Mar Vivo being released first in Mexico, then worldwide. Mar Vivo will be released with its accompanying educational program in Spanish on the same date.

Length: 25:00

Film Details

  • Year Released: 2016
  • Date Released:

    March 2016

  • Alternate Titles: Mar Vivo 3D
  • Status: In Distribution
  • 3D: Yes
  • Run Time: 20-30
  • Formats: DCI-compliant Digital
  • Distributor:

    Summerhays Films

  • Produced By:

    Summerhays Films

  • Executive Producer: Michael W. Hager, John Angell
  • Producer: Soames Summerhays
  • Director:  Soames Summerhays
  • Associate Producer: 
  • Writer:  Screenplay: Exequiel Ezcurra; writer: Michael Parfit; Script Consultant: Kevin Cox
  • Cinematography: Cinematography: Soames Summerhays; Aerial and additional photography by Charles Van Tassel
  • Sound Editor: 

    Sound: Blindfold Studios; Sound Mix: Smart Post Sound

  • Visual Effects: Michael Ferriter, Purelight Productions
  • Music/Score:  Alan Reeves
  • Editor: Pedro Ezcurra
  • Narrator: Iliana Ortega Bacmeister
  • Other Credits: Production Manager: Paulina Godoy; Scientists: Oscar Arizpe, Octavio Aburto, Antonio Ruiz, Ismael Mascare√±as, Benigno Mart√≠nez Guerrero, Svi Shanerif Hoffman, Exequiel Ezcurra, Antonio Villarreal Cavados, Hector Bonilla
  • Sponsors: San Diego Natual History Museum, The Paul M. Angell Foundation, Candeo, The International Community Foundation, The Walton Family Foundation


  • Documentary
  • Ecology
  • Nature
  • Oceanography


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