Shorelines program to screen ‘Shored Up’

art shoredupWestern Carolina University’s Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines will screen the film “Shored Up” at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center in Cullowhee.


The documentary examines the ways that different communities are trying to deal with coastal erosion, storms and rising sea levels. Director Ben Kalina will be on hand to discuss the film.

Also participating in the event is Rob Young, director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines, who is among the policy and environmental experts that appear in the documentary. A discussion and reception will follow the screening.

At the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, “Shored Up” received the Hilton Worldwide LightStay Sustainability Fund and Award for a completed feature-length documentary film about environmental sustainability. It also has been an official selection at the Montclair Film Festival, Doxa documentary festival, Filmfest DC and the San Francisco Green Film Festival.

Kalina’s documentary includes interviews with scientists, politicians, residents and a wide range of experts on issues of coastal management. Filmed over three years along the North Carolina Outer Banks and Long Beach Island, N.J., the motion picture culminates with a look at the impact of Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Founded at Duke University in 1986 by Orrin H. Pilkey, the James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of the Earth Sciences at Duke, PSDS relocated to WCU in 2006 under the guidance of Young, a former student under Pilkey. The program has become an internationally known advocate for responsible coastal management policies that consider and balance economic and environmental interests.



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