Director, Ben Kalina
Shored Up is an urgent call to action in the face of accelerating sea-level rise, presenting the devastation of Hurricane Sandy as a window into the future. Set in Long Beach Island, New Jersey and the Outer Banks of North Carolina, the film explores the political conflicts and personal stakes of seaside communities. Shored Up talks to scientists, politicians, residents and a wide range of experts to expose major shortcomings in coastal management and the urgent need for change. The film is a look at what happens when we ignore the realities of nature in our drive to inhabit and profit from our coastlines.
Ben Kalina’s work focuses on the intersection of science, culture and the environment. He directs and produces original documentaries, narrative shorts and cross-media projects as well as client-driven video productions. Kalina has worked for years with Niijii Films on the documentaries Two Square Miles and A Sea Change, two award winning films which have been successfully deployed for environmental justice and education, and both of which have been nationally broadcast in the U.S. In addition to his documentary work, Kalina has won several international awards for his short narrative film, Diorama.
The filmmaker and an assembled panel of experts will be present at the screening and work with the Ferguson Center to engage both CNU students and local community members to build greater appreciation for their works and the art of film.