The Team

Ben Kalina

Ben is a director and producer whose work is at the intersection of climate change and science. His first feature documentary, Shored Up (2013), explored sea level rise in New Jersey and North Carolina and the impacts of Hurricane Sandy (and won the 2014 Sundance Institute LightStay Sustainability Award). His 2017 documentary, HOME: A Rockumentary, followed the ups and downs of a public school rock band in South Philadelphia over the course of a tumultuous year. He was the Associate Producer of the documentaries A Sea Change about ocean acidification and Two Square Miles, about a small town’s fight to stop a coal-fired cement plant.

Jen Schneider

Jen Schneider is a cinematographer recently honored by an Emerging Cinematographers Award from ICG for her work on Maggie Mahrt’s UNBOUND, which premiered at Cannes in 2017. Jen was invited by Sundance Lab directors Roja Gashtili and Julia Lerman to shoot PINKY for the inaugural season of the Refinery 29 streaming series Shatterbox Anthology. Recent works include CLOSING NIGHT by writer-director Tatyana Yassukovich and ENTROPIA by writer-director Keir Politz.

 

Clay Hereth

Clay has been working as a camera operator and director of photography for the better part of a decade. His work has been broadcast on Animal Planet, ESPN, Viceland and featured on Vox and Upworthy. While shooting documentaries, Clay strives to minimize the subjects and the viewers awareness of his presence. Unless he sees a fantastic shot. In which case, he might abandon all other concerns, and just try and get the shot.

Words from Clients

Working with Mangrove Media is like having an in-house creative video team. From the birth of the idea to the completion of the project, Mangrove is able to take complex ideas and evolve them into powerful video documentation of an organization’s vision and work. And they’re a whole lot of fun too!

Erin MooneyCommunications Director, The Nature Conservancy PA

We've worked with Mangrove on several projects. It's remarkable how deeply they 'get' the work we do - their commitment to the environment and to social change sets them apart. Whether it’s a one-minute social media video for a local campaign or a 15 minute documentary, they help us find and tell stories that energize our members. They then translate them affordably and quickly into impactful videos that help us achieve our mission - winning real results for the environment.

David MasurExecutive Director, PennEnvironment

We are so appreciative of your wonderful work on the video stories – they highlight our volunteers beautifully, the cinematography is stunning and the stories are told in such a compelling way. Many thanks for all your efforts in making them happen.

Maitreyi RoyExecutive Director of Bartram's Garden