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Bee Aware 2021

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Celebrate Earth Day on Thursday, April 22, with the premiere of Bee Aware, a documentary about the importance of urban beekeeping filmed by Pace students. They persevered even when their production schedule was thrown into disarray due to the pandemic.

In March 2019, the award-winning Pace class “Producing the Documentary,” taught by Maria Luskay, PhD, along with Professor Lou Guarneri and student filmmakers, were set to document and follow urban beekeeping on rooftops in Paris and follow beekeepers in Laon, France. The 20 student filmmakers had completed all of the research, set up the interviews, packed the equipment, and were ready to head to France. Then, the unimaginable happened: a global pandemic.

Travel restrictions prevented the filmmakers from flying overseas. Pace went virtual. Life as we all knew it came to a standstill. However, the tenacious team persevered, pivoted, and planned for Plan B: filming throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania. Although the course, “Producing the Documentary,” came to a close in May 2020, students have remarkably continued to dedicate their time and passions to the project.

Bee Aware stresses the importance of bees and their effect on our world, highlights beekeepers from the Northeast and their roles, and finally proposes how we can support bees and promote awareness.

Thursday, April 22
7:30 p.m.–9:15 p.m.
Watch on YouTube

At 8:00 p.m., Professor Maria Luskay, PhD, and her team will be hosting a virtual Q&A. You must register for the event in order to receive the password on the day of the event. Attendees can pose questions in the chat, moderated by Professor Heather Hayes.