Temple MFA alumni attend the Sundance Film Festival

Dan Van Wert, Lindsey Martin, Ben Kalina, Jen Schneider, Marc d'Agostino

Dan Van Wert, Lindsey Martin, Ben Kalina, Jen Schneider, Marc d’Agostino

Director Ben Kalina and his crew accepted the “2014 Hilton Worldwide LightStay Sustainability Fund & Award” for their film Shored Up in Park City. The prize, launched in 2011 from a partnership between the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program and Hilton Worldwide Company, is offered annually to up to five documentary film projects focusing on sustainability issues.  Shored Up was selected from up to 1,500 feature film submissions.

The production will receive a $25,000 grant for creative marketing and audience-building, and will be showcased on Hilton Worldwide’s in-room channels and websites at its more than 3,800 hotels in 88 countries, reaching an audience of the more than 250,000,000 guests per year.

Shored Up, the first feature-length film directed by Temple University´s MFA alum Ben Kalina, investigates the impact of rising sea levels on coastal communities in the U.S. The documentary, screened at more than a hundred film festivals and events, was shot by cinematographer Jen Schneider and edited by Marc d’Agostino, both Temple MFA Alumni. Check out the official Shored Up webpage. Read more about the prize here.

MFA alumni Lindsey Martin (director) with Dan Van Wert (producer) screened their short film Love Letter at Slamdance during the same week.


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