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Press Release: Pace University Media Class Premieres Documentary on Hawaii Volcano Aftermath at the Jacob Burns Film Center

05/31/2019

Press Release: Pace University Media Class Premieres Documentary on Hawaii Volcano Aftermath at the Jacob Burns Film Center

Students in Pace University’s Media, Communications and Visual Arts (MCVA) department premiered their latest documentary on the aftermath of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano earlier this month at the Jacob Burns Film Center.

“Living on the Edge in Paradise was the result of work by a team of 20 students and two professors who traveled to Hilo, Hawaii March 17 – 23 to conduct interviews and capture footage for the documentary. The film highlights the stories of those affected by the eruptions of Kilauea and the Hawaiian culture’s relationship with volcanos which are part of the way of life on the Islands.

Each year, Pace University's award-winning communications class produces a documentary on an environmentally and culturally relevant subject.

“The question at the core of this documentary is how does this affect life in Hawaii?” said Maria Luskay, EdD, professor and program director, Master of Arts in Media and Communication Arts. “We portray the real Hawaii to the world.”

On May 7 a reception and screening was held at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville and attended by students, faculty and the community, as well as Pace University President Marvin Krislov.

“This is Pace University at its finest, doing what we do best: giving students a real world, hands-on education with the tools they need to jump into the careers of their choice,’’ said Krislov.

The student film producers are part of the BA in Communications and/or the MA in Media, Communications and Visual Arts (MCVA). The Producing the Documentary course, offered by the MCVA program in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences at Pace, is highly regarded for preparing students for careers in media, journalism, communications, public relations, advertising, video production and film. The Hawaii documentary is the 16th student-produced documentary from Pace’s Producing the Documentary course.

Last year, 18 Pace graduate students went to Puerto Rico to film the destruction of Hurricane Maria, the most powerful storm to make landfall on the island in 85 years. Other Pace documentaries have received accolades in various film festivals including the International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival (October 2018), Miami Independent Film Festival (June 2018), Spotlight Documentary Film Awards (June 2018), and Best Short Competition (June 2018). The Puerto Rico documentary can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KR7s8H9najw&t=9s.

Please see link to documentary on YouTube:

https://youtu.be/Wz91Xl5iMZU

Link to photos from the premieres:   https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1CZ427eS5fSFFa2UFH_ukwjFRrzij5jXv?usp=sharing

Production photos from the trip:  https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1IfS4IPApG70S4tMjJq3tDJ-O1ua6OnBt?usp=sharing

About Dyson College of Arts and Sciences: Pace University’s liberal arts college, Dyson College offers more than 50 programs, spanning the arts and humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and pre-professional programs (including pre-medicine, pre-veterinary, and pre-law), as well as numerous courses that fulfill core curriculum requirements. The College offers access to numerous opportunities for internships, cooperative education and other hands-on learning experiences that complement in-class learning in preparing graduates for career and graduate/professional education choices.

About Pace University: Pace University has a proud history of preparing its diverse student body for a lifetime of professional success as a result of its unique program that combines rigorous academics and real-world experiences. Pace is ranked the #1 private, four-year college in the nation for upward economic mobility by Harvard University’s Opportunity Insights, evidence of the transformative education the University provides.

From its beginnings as an accounting school in 1906, Pace has grown to three campuses, enrolling 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in more than 150 majors and programs, across a range of disciplines: arts, sciences, business, health care, technology, law, education, and more. The university also has one of the most competitive performing arts programs in the country. Pace has a signature, newly renovated campus in New York City, located in the heart of vibrant Lower Manhattan, next to Wall Street and City Hall, and two campuses in Westchester County, New York: a 200-acre picturesque Pleasantville Campus and a Law School in White Plains. www.pace.edu

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"Big Island Now" featured Students from Pace University's Media, Communications and Visual Arts in "VIDEO: ‘Hawai‘i: Living on the Edge In Paradise?’"

05/10/2019

"Big Island Now" featured Students from Pace University's Media, Communications and Visual Arts in "VIDEO: ‘Hawai‘i: Living on the Edge In Paradise?’"

Students from Pace University’s Media, Communications and Visual Arts (MCVA) department visited Hawai‘i in March of 2019, to conduct interviews and capture footage for their documentary, Hawaii: Living on the Edge in Paradise?

On Tuesday, May 7, 2019, the movie premiered at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, New York. On Wednesday, May 8, the movie will  premiere at The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts in New York City, New York.

Each year, Pace University’s award-winning film department produces a documentary on an environmentally and culturally relevant subject. The theme of this year’s documentary is the recent volcanic eruptions of Kīlauea. The producers specifically focused on the relationship between the active volcano and residents of Hawai‘i. 

“The question at the core of this documentary is how does this affect life in Hawai‘i?” said Maria Luskay, EdD, professor and program director, Master of Arts in Media and Communication Arts.

The Hawai‘i documentary was the 16th student-produced documentary from Pace’s Producing the Documentary course. The documentary team, 20 students and two professors, stayed in Hilo from March 17 through 23, 2019.

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"News12" featured Pace University's professor Maria Luskay with her documentary students in "Pace students portray impact of Kilauea volcano eruption in documentary"

03/27/2019

"News12" featured Pace University's professor Maria Luskay with her documentary students in "Pace students portray impact of Kilauea volcano eruption in documentary"

A group of 20 Pace University students were in Hawaii recently not for a relaxing getaway, but instead to film a documentary on the Kilauea volcano eruption.

The students spoke to dozens of people from the area to see how they are holding up after the volcano erupted last year.

"It puts them in the field," says professor Maria Luskay. "They're in pre-production, they're in production, they're in post-production--they're wearing every hat. They're doing everything and it's not made up."

The students tell News 12 they learned a lot about the Hawaiian people and their culture. They learned how Hawaiians thank the goddess of fire for new beginnings and how they don't let acts of mother nature tear them down.

"What they think is that she's blessing them with land and it's the fact that they don't really care that they lost their homes because some people lost their homes more than once, maybe up to three or four times," says junior Briana Cuttino.

The public premiere of the student documentary will be in May.

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"Maui Now" featured Pace University’s Media, Communications and Visual Arts Professor Maria Luskay in "Pace University students to film Hawaii documentary"

03/11/2019

"Maui Now" featured Pace University’s Media, Communications and Visual Arts Professor Maria Luskay in "Pace University students to film Hawaii documentary"

Students from Pace University’s Media, Communications and Visual Arts department will be visiting Hawaiʻi to conduct interviews and capture footage for their upcoming documentary, “Living on the Edge in Paradise.”

The theme of this year’s documentary is the recent volcanic eruptions of Kīlauea. Producers are specifically focusing on the relationship between the active volcano and residents of Hawaiʻi. They are seeking stories from those who have been affected by the events surrounding the eruptions.

“The question at the core of this documentary is how does this affect life in Hawaiʻi?” said Maria Luskay, EdD, professor and program director, Master of Arts in Media and Communication Arts. “We hope to portray the real Hawaiʻi to the world. If you feel like your story needs to be heard, the team is all ears.”

The documentary team, 20 students and two professors, will be staying in Hilo from March 17 to 23, 2019. They will be in and around the Hilo area working to tell the story of the people through a series of on-camera interviews. To schedule an interview and be featured in the film, e-mail paceudocs@gmail.com or contact Luskay directly at mluskay@pace.edu or (203) 565-8949. 

Each year, Pace University’s award-winning film department produces a documentary on an environmentally and culturally relevant subject.

Last year, 18 Pace graduate students went to Puerto Rico to film the destruction of Hurricane Maria, the most powerful storm to make landfall on the island in 85 years. Students conducted more than 50 interviews in their effort to tell the story of the people of the island and capture their spirit as they attempt to rebuild with little assistance.

Last year’s documentary, “Puerto Rico: Hope in the Dark,” aired on PBS in Sept. 2018 to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria which devastated the island. The film also won Honorable Mention in the Best Shorts Competition 2018 Humanitarian Awards. Other Pace documentaries have received accolades in various film festivals including the International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival (Oct. 2018), Miami Independent Film Festival (June 2018), Spotlight Documentary Film Awards (June 2018), and Best Short Competition (June 2018).

The student film producers are part of the BA in Communications and/or the MA in Media and Communication Arts. The Producing the Documentary course, offered by the MCVA program in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences at Pace, works to prepare students for careers in media, journalism, communications, public relations, advertising, video production and film. The Hawaiʻi documentary is the 16th student-produced documentary from Pace’s Producing the Documentary course.

Students will be chronicling the Hawaiʻi journey on their blog, Pace Docs

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"Big Island Now" featured Pace University’s Media, Communications and Visual Arts Professor Maria Luskay and the documentary team of 20 Students in "Pace University Students Coming to Hawai‘i to Film Documentary"

03/06/2019

"Big Island Now" featured Pace University’s Media, Communications and Visual Arts Professor Maria Luskay and the documentary team of 20 Students in "Pace University Students Coming to Hawai‘i to Film Documentary"

Students from Pace University’s Media, Communications and Visual Arts (MCVA) department will be visiting Hawai‘i to conduct interviews and capture footage for their upcoming documentary, Living on the Edge in Paradise. The documentary team, 20 students and two professors, will be staying in Hilo from March 17 through 23, 2019.

Each year, Pace University’s award-winning film department produces a documentary on an environmentally and culturally relevant subject. The theme of this year’s documentary is the recent volcanic eruptions of Kīlauea. The producers are specifically focusing on the relationship between the active volcano and residents of Hawai‘i. They are seeking stories from those who have been affected by the events surrounding the eruptions.

“The question at the core of this documentary is how does this affect life in Hawai‘i?” said Maria Luskay, EdD, professor and program director, Master of Arts in Media and Communication Arts. “We hope to portray the real Hawai‘i to the world. If you feel like your story needs to be heard, the team is all ears.”

The documentary team will explore and capture the rich culture of Hawai‘i. They will be in and around the Hilo area working to tell the story of the people through a series of on-camera interviews.

To schedule an interview and be featured in the film, email paceudocs@gmail.comor contact Luskay directly at mluskay@pace.edu or call (203) 565-8949.

The student film producers are part of the BA in Communications and/or the MA in Media and Communication Arts. The Producing the Documentary course, offered by the MCVA program in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences at Pace, is highly regarded for preparing students for careers in media, journalism, communications, public relations, advertising, video production and film. The Hawai‘i documentary is the 16th student-produced documentary from Pace’s Producing the Documentary course.

Last year, 18 Pace graduate students went to Puerto Rico to film the destruction of Hurricane Maria, the most powerful storm to make landfall on the island in 85 years. The students conducted more than 50 interviews in their effort to tell the story of the people of the island and capture their spirit as they attempt to rebuild with little assistance. Last year’s documentary, Puerto Rico: Hope in the Dark, aired on PBS in September 2018 to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria and devastated the island. The film also won Honorable Mention in the Best Shorts Competition 2018 Humanitarian Awards. Other Pace documentaries have received accolades in various film festivals including the International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival (October 2018), Miami Independent Film Festival (June 2018), Spotlight Documentary Film Awards (June 2018), and Best Short Competition (June 2018). . Previous works from Pace Media, Communications and Visual Arts students can be found on YouTube.

The students will be chronicling the Hawai‘i journey on their blog, Pace Docs. For more information about this class and trip, go online.

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"News12" featured Dr. Maria Luskay and Pace University students in "Pace students film documentary on Hurricane Maria damage"

10/05/2018

"News12" featured Dr. Maria Luskay and Pace University students in "Pace students film documentary on Hurricane Maria damage"

A group of Pace University students filmed a documentary on the damage Hurricane Maria caused in Puerto Rico.

The students traveled to the island to document the damage.

"Six months, still no power. That means no water and limited food," says student Rachel Skopp.

Dr. Maria Luskay, of Pace University's Media, Communications and Visual Arts program, says the president of Pace at the time said the story of Puerto Rico was one that needed to be told.

The students captured the dire conditions, showing battered homes and lack of electricity that has halted everyone's way of life.

Recovery on the island remains slow even one year later. The government says it will take more than $139 billion to fully rebuild.

The documentary, "Puerto Rico: Hope in the Dark," has already won an award from the Spotlight Documentary Film Awards.

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