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Jeff Orlowski - Director, Producer, Cinematographer

Jeff Orlowski - Director, Producer, Cinematographer


  • 2018 Peabody for Chasing Coral
  • 2018 Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival - Environmental Advocacy Award
  • 2017 UN Champion of the Earth - Inspiration and Action
  • 2017 Boulder Dairy Arts Center - Honoree for exceptional contributions to the arts
  • 2016 Sundance Discovery Impact Fellow
  • Emmy for Outstanding Nature Programming - Chasing Ice
  • Shortlisted for an Academy Award - both Chasing Ice and Chasing Coral
  • 2018 Fast Company World Changing Ideas Award - Photography And Visualization for Chasing Coral


Jeff Orlowski is the director, producer, and cinematographer of the award-winning films Chasing Ice and Chasing Coral and the founder of the film production company Exposure Labs.

In 2017, after premiering at Sundance and receiving the US Documentary Award, Chasing Coral released globally on Netflix as a Netflix Original Documentary.  It went on to win a Peabody award in 2018. Chasing Ice premiered at Sundance in 2012, received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Original Song and won an Emmy® award for Outstanding Nature Programming.  Both films have received many additional awards and accolades at film festivals around the globe, including being shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Documentary.  Orlowski also produced and directed Chasing Coral: The VR Experience, his first venture into virtual reality filming.

Orlowski founded Exposure Labs to maximize the impact of film, creating a company dedicated to both quality storytelling and powerful campaigns. For work on Chasing Ice, Exposure Labs won the 2016 BritDoc Impact Award recognizing “documentaries that have made the biggest impact on society.” Currently, the impact campaign featuring Chasing Coral is connecting the story in the film to action in communities with over 1000 screenings in more than 87 countries and the film won the 2018 the Fast Company World Changing Ideas Award.


In 2017, Orlowski was the recipient of the Champions of the Earth award, the United Nation’s top honor for spreading powerful environmental messages to a global audience. In 2016 he was named the inaugural Sundance Discovery Impact Fellow for environmental filmmaking. He has traveled on tour representing the Sundance Institute, President Obama's Committee for the Arts and Humanities, and the National Endowment of the Arts. He holds two Guinness Book World Records.

In addition to his feature film productions, Orlowski has worked with major corporations as a director and producer of online and broadcast commercial work.  Recently, Orlowski directed Living with Panthers, a VICE VR production and served as Producer on the award-winning film, Frame By Frame.

He lives in Boulder, Colorado.