A Philadelphia filmmaker has won a $25,000 sustainability award from the Sundance Institute.
Ben Kalina was honored for his documentary Shored Up at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this week.
“It all goes back, for me, to having the opportunity for the film to be seen by a lot of people, and [for] the issues that are raised in the film to be talked about,” Kalina said from North Carolina, before a screening of the film there.
The feature-length documentary examines the threat posed by rising sea levels, focusing specifically on coastal development in New Jersey and North Carolina.
Kalina started the project before Superstorm Sandy devastated parts of the Jersey Shore. The film also captures Sandy’s aftermath.
“[The film] is really a wonderful platform for talking about climate change and the role of science in policymaking,” said Kalina.
Kalina will be in Milton, Del., Friday, Jan. 31, for a screening of Shored Up at the local fire hall.