Exploring Shipwrecks in the Most Remote Archipelago on Earth

Lost on a Reef

Produced for: NOAA, Papahānuamokuākea Marine Natl Monument
Producer: Kelly Gleason, PhD (PMNM)
Location: Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (the entire chain)
Awards: Silver Telly Award (2010), John Wesley Powell Prize (2011)
Official Selection: BLUE Ocean Film Festival, San Francisco Ocean Film Festival, Alaska Ocean Film Festival, Swansea Bay Intl Film Festival (Wales), Heart of England Intl Film Festival (England), Fest Intl du Film Maritime Exploration et d’Environment (France), Globians Doc Fest (Germany), Beijing Intl Movie Festival (China), Intl Film Festival South Africa (South Africa), Intl Film Festival Thailand (Thailand)
Played: Mokupāpapa Discovery Center (NOAA), Hilo HI
Lost on a Reef was filmed in the beautiful, remote stretch of reefs 1000 miles northwest of Honolulu, and tells the story of six marine archeologists searching for shipwrecks in a place known more for its glorious coral reefs than the ghosts of ships past. The ships that came to grief on these reefs include everything from 19th century whaling ships to WWII sidewheel steamers. The wrecks are in a rare pristine state by virtue of being so remote, and most have lain there undiscovered for centuries. (2010, 16:30 min)
“You know I think the world of you as a person, but as a filmmaker- you totally take my breath away. Thanks for being you and for giving us all so much on this expedition!” Kelly Gleason, Ph.D., Maritime Archaeologist, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, Executive Producer for Lost on a Reef.