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Shored UpShored Up

A film by Ben Kalina
84 minutes, color, USA, 2013

This film is available for rental at Public Screenings. Please send your inquiry to info@outcast-films.com.

When Superstorm Sandy devastated the East Coast, it was a wake up call to a new reality. Shored Up takes us to the heart of this climate change controversy, following communities in New Jersey and North Carolina where politics, economics and science collide. Beginning 3 years before Sandy hit and following the debates over beach replenishment and other attempts to hold back the sea, Shored Up is a convincing call for action along our coasts. As the oceans rise and storms flood our towns and cities, we have a choice to make: do we continue to develop as we have in the past, ignoring clear risks and danger? Or, do we allow science to guide our policies for the future...before it's too late?

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"Ben Kalina's Shored Up is a powerful and profound treatment of climate change as both a global and local issue. Its careful and penetrating analysis of the impacts of rising seas on local beach communities, and the complex political and economic issues that are emerging as a result, move us beyond sobering predictions about the future to a better understanding of the specific problems and challenges that are already emerging as a result of climate change. The film is professionally-produced and highly entertaining, featuring an engaging soundtrack and interviews with a wide range of relevant individuals, from people devastated by Hurricane Sandy to climate scientists, local politicians, and even surfers. The film thus manages to be both educational and entertaining. Highly Recommended." Ben Redekop, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Leadership and American Studies, Christopher Newport University.

"Shored Up leaves no sand grain unturned; every perspective is brought together to capture wisdom and ironic lessons as New Jersey and North Carolina grapple with accelerating sea level rise before and after Hurricane Sandy. It is a gripping tale about human nature and how we try to prevail over the tremendous forces of nature that can be episodic and terrifying at times. Shored Up portrays how all of us, even taxpayers who live far away from the U.S. East Coast, are a part of this story. At the heart of the film are the wise and insightful comments by surfers, artists, mayors, scientists, and coastal residents. Understanding the causes of sea level rise presents challenges for deciding long-term solutions while communities struggle with short-term 'fixes' for coastal erosion and storm surges of today." Brenda Ekwurzel, Senior Climate Scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists.