Our Team

Ben Kalina
Founder/Director

Navy Yard Still
Ben founded Mangrove Media in 2009 to expand his work in both the commercial, non-profit and documentary fields. His feature directing debut Shored Up, broadcast on DirecTV in October 2013 is a film about coastal development and rising sea levels in the U.S. in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.  He was the Associate Producer of A Sea Change, the acclaimed documentary about ocean acidification which was broadcast on Discovery’s Planet Green network in 2009, as well as Two Square Miles, a documentary chronicling a small town’s fight to block a coal-fired cement plant which was broadcast on PBS’ Independent Lens in 2006. He has won awards for his films Diorama, Education on the Rosebud Reservation and Radical Notions, including grand prize awards at film festivals in the United States and Europe. Ben has been producing videos for non-profit and for-profit organizations since 3-chip cameras were the rage and he lives with his family in Philadelphia. Ben has an MFA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University.