Shored Up

Ben Kalina, Director & Producer

Ben is a film director and producer whose work focuses on the intersection of science, culture and the environment.  He directs and produces original documentaries, narrative shorts and cross-media projects as well as client-driven video productions.  Ben has worked for years with Niijii Films on the documentaries Two Square Miles and A Sea Change, two award-winning films which have been successfully deployed for environmental justice and education, and both of which have been nationally broadcast in the U.S. His most recent project is Shored Up, which explores the Army Corps’ controversial and ongoing beach replenishment project along the New Jersey Shore.  In addition to his documentary work Ben has won several international awards for his short narrative film Diorama.


Brian Newman, Executive Producer

Brian Newman is the founder and CEO of Crowd Play, LLC a recently funded start-up launching a mobile application called Flicklist in 2013. He is also the founder of Sub-Genre Media, a film and new media production, distribution and marketing company. Brian has served as CEO of the Tribeca Film Institute, president of Renew Media and executive director of IMAGE Film & Video. He blogs about film and new media at


Jen Schneider, Director of Cinematography

Jen Schneider is a cinematographer based in Philadelphia.  Her credits as Director of Photography include Anderson Monarchs, a Sundance Grant-funded feature documentary about an all-girls soccer club in South Philadelphia, which was selected to participate in this year’s Good Pitch program at Tribeca and is produced by Green Film Company (Freakonomics, By the People, For the People); “The_Source”, an interactive web series currently in development, awarded Best Drama and Best in Fest at LATV Fest, Best Drama at ITVFest, and was official selection at New York Television Festival; “RADAR,” nominated for Best Documentary of 2010, a series of 3-minute webisodes on Babelgum that highlight the innovations and creative practices of emerging artists.


Marc D’Agostino, Editor

Marc D’Agostino is a director and editor working in both fiction and documentary.  He wrote, directed and edited the pilot for The Source, a sci-fi web series (Best Drama at the Independent Television Festival and at LATVFestival, where it also won the Fest’s Grand Prize).  The project has since been in development at Lionsgate.  Most recently, Marc was the assistant editor for 9.14 Pictures’ (Rock School, The Art of the Steal) newest film, The Atomic States of America, which was in the U.S. Documentary Competition at Sundance in 2012. Marc has an MFA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University.


Morgan Beard, Associate Producer

Morgan graduated from Duke University in May, 2012 with a BA in Visual and Media Studies. She is an environmentalist, an artist and an amateur filmmaker. She has directed and produced several short documentary pieces for the Jefferson Awards for Public Service and previously worked for Alexandra Cousteau's non-profit Blue Legacy International, which develops and distributes traditional and new media projects to tell stories and inspire people to take action on critical water issues. She currently works with Brian Newman at Sub-Genre Media, doing a variety of production, distribution and marketing. Her portfolio can be found at


Ian Markiewicz, Sound, Lighting, 2nd Camera

Ian Markiewicz is an independent filmmaker, artist, and university instructor interested in exploring the potency of independent media as a tool for social and environmental advocacy, cultural confluence, artistic vision and collaboration, and emotive storytelling. Ian teaches courses in film production and screenwriting at The University of the Arts and Temple University in Philadelphia and works as a freelance filmmaker in a range of capacities on projects and productions throughout the greater Philadelphia area.  He spends most of his summers teaching students from around the world at the New York Film Academy programs in Paris, France, Budapest, Hungary, and Harvard University.


Paul Damian Hogan, Composer

Paul Damian Hogan is a composer and music producer living in New York City. He was recently nominated for an Emmy award for his score to Birders: The Central Park Effect. He earned his doctorate in music composition from Columbia University, then decided to write music for film and television. He has composed scores for the films Shored Up, Birders: The Central Park Effect, Sahkanaga and Must Read After My Death. He makes records under the names Paul Damian Hogan the Third, Ta Da, and Frances. He also writes music for television commercials, does arrangements for bands, produces records, and composes music for art projects. When not writing music, Paul enjoys playing soccer, watching soccer, traveling and eating delicious sandwiches.