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November 2, 2011 3:00 PM
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Project of the Day: Asking Surfers about the Changing Coasts in "Shored Up"

Director Ben Kalina's "Shored Up."

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"Shored Up" Tweetable Logline:

Shored Up, an epic doc about surfing and sea level rise on our coasts & barrier islands. Think we can control nature? Just ask a surfer.

Elevator Pitch:

"Shored Up" is a documentary about surfing, sea level rise and the real Jersey Shore. Not Snookie’s "Jersey Shore," but the coastline of New Jersey where bulldozers and barges pump sand onto the beach in a futile attempt to hold back the sea from million dollar homes while surfers in wetsuits watch their waves disappear. As federal money dries up and the oceans rise, we’re running out of time to find a real solution. More than half of America lives in coastal counties, and if we don’t act fast, we’re all going to be learning to surf.

Production Team:

Director: Ben Kalina (Associate Producer on "Two Square Miles" & "A Sea Change" – both nationally broadcast).
Cinematographer: Jen Schneider (DP – "The Anderson Monarchs")
Consulting Producers: Barbara Ettinger (Director, "Two Square Miles" & "A Sea Change"), Sven Huseby (Producer, "Two Square Miles" & "A Sea Change")
Editor: Ben Kalina, Alex Tyson

About the Production:

"Before Katrina, John McPhee wrote 'The Control of Nature' that included a story about the Mississippi River and its doomed levee system, no match for nature’s designs. I saw parallels in the heavily developed barrier islands of New Jersey, thin strips of sand in the ocean, always on the verge of disappearing in a big storm. Along our coasts we quietly pump sand onto the beaches to protect property, but it’s an expensive, destructive distraction from the true problem we face, sea level rise. And who was pissed off and paying attention? Surfers." -- Ben Kalina

Current Status:

In production.

For more information and to support the project:

Film Website
Kickstarter Page

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