Citizens’ group hosts new documentary “Shored Up,” followed by discussion

The citizens’ group Sea Commons ( will host an encore performance of Ben Kalina’s controversial new documentary “Shored Up” ( at the Cape Ann Community Cinema ( at 21 Main Street in Gloucester on Saturday, January 11th at 2:30pm. Director Ben Kalina will be available for questions and answers following the film using video conferencing on the cinema’s large screen.

The first showing was well attended with excellent questions and comments. There are still many unanswered questions. Who would pay for any necessary infrastructure with rising sea level such as with sea walls? Will waterfront properties be devalued with new FEMA flood maps? How will property owners be able to afford rising costs for flood insurance? Will fishermen have a harbor from future storms? Recently, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences refused to show the film. How does this topic become a productive conversation so that we may plan for sea level rise?

Tickets are discounted to just $7.00, and can be purchased in advance at the Cinema or online at Tickets may also be purchased at the door, first-come, first-served.

Read more about the ban of the film from the director, Ben Kalina:

Sea Commons (, the sponsor of the film, is a group of concerned Gloucester citizens interested in promoting a regional dialogue/public forum about the future of our Seas, and how citizens will adapt to sea rise. For more information, contact Camron Adibi at Sea Commons at or (978) 381-9709.

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About Robert Newton

I run Cape Ann Community Cinema ( on Main Street in Gloucester (above Mystery Train) and am also a professional writer and editor. I make films and novelty records, as well.

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