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Westfair Online featured Pace University’s documentary film team in "‘BEE AWARE’ DOCUMENTARY"

05/07/2021

Westfair Online featured Pace University’s documentary film team in "‘BEE AWARE’ DOCUMENTARY"

Pace University’s documentary film team – PaceDocs –recently premiered “Bee Aware,” a film focusing on the environmental threats facing one of the most important pollinators for humankind. The film aptly debuted online on Earth Day as it spotlights the vital role bees play in our food supply, their importance to the environment and some of the… 

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Westport News featured Dyson Professor Maria Luskay in "Westport, Weston bees offer lesson in resiliency in documentary"

05/04/2021

Westport News featured Dyson Professor Maria Luskay in "Westport, Weston bees offer lesson in resiliency in documentary"

The world watched as a fire raged through the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris in April 2019, leaving a wake of destruction. As the smoke cleared, people soon learned that the rooftop beehives survived, offering some hope amid a tragedy. It captivated the interest of Maria Luskay, a professor of media, communications and digital arts at nearby Pace University, so much so that she decided it would be the subject of her annual documentary program.

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Westchester Magazine featured the PaceDocs team in "Check out the Latest Buzz on Pace University’s “Bee Aware” Documentary"

04/28/2021

Westchester Magazine featured the PaceDocs team in "Check out the Latest Buzz on Pace University’s “Bee Aware” Documentary"

Film students at the Westchester school pulled double-duty to shoot and edit the documentary about the buzzworthy creature in time for Earth Day. Pace University film students, known as the PaceDocs Team, have been busy at work all through the pandemic, putting together their latest film Bee Aware, which just premiered — aptly enough — on Earth Day.

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Patch featured Pace University Premieres 'Bee Aware' Documentary

04/28/2021

Patch featured Pace University Premieres 'Bee Aware' Documentary

After much hard work, dedication and anticipation, Pace University's documentary film team – PaceDocs – recently premiered Bee Aware, a film focusing on the environmental threats facing one of the most important pollinators for humankind.

The film aptly debuted online on Earth Day as it spotlights the vital role bees play in our food supply; their importance to the environment; and some of the challenges facing the insect and the environment. It was followed by a virtual Q&A with the filmmakers via Zoom.

"The PaceDocs team, under the guidance of Professor Maria Luskay, always does remarkable work," said Marvin Krislov, president of Pace University. "This year, they did something extraordinary, persevering through a pandemic to create a truly inspiring, thought-provoking, and poignant documentary. 'Bee Aware' is a wonderful example of Pace students' commitment to hard work, hands-on education, and environmental conservation. I couldn't be prouder of this group of young filmmakers."

The film was shot on location at bee farms throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts, and can be viewed here.

Initially, the class -- made up of 20 graduate and undergraduate students from around the country -- was set to embark on a trip to Paris, France last spring to spotlight the rooftop bees that survived the historic Cathedral of Notre Dame fire. But the global pandemic halted all international travel, and the university, like most others around the world, immediately pivoted to remote learning.

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NorthJersey.com featured Pace University's Bee Aware Documentary in "Bee-keeping documentary is all the buzz for Earth Day"

04/23/2021

NorthJersey.com featured Pace University's Bee Aware Documentary in "Bee-keeping documentary is all the buzz for Earth Day"

Sweet are the uses of adversity, Shakespeare said.

Sweet as honey, in this case.

Some film students at Westchester's Pace University, who had planned a trip to Paris to make a documentary about Notre Dame's famous bees, found themselves stung by COVID. However, they turned their disappointment to good use — and made a great documentary about bees, Paris or no Paris.

"This is a story of perseverance," said Jerry McKinstry, spokesman for Pace University. "They did not give up. They went ongoing. And they produced a really good documentary."

You can see the fruits of their labors when "Bee Aware" premieres online at 7:30 p.m. tonight for Earth Day.

It was a bitter pill, to be sure. The 20 film students had been poring over their phrasebooks in anticipation of visiting Paris during the 2020 spring break.

They were all part of a course called "Producing the Documentary," taught by film professor Maria Luskay, which climaxes every year — naturally — with the production of a documentary. And that documentary usually involves a trip to an exotic place — Puerto Rico, Brazil, Hawaii, Curaçao. "Usually it's an environmental story," McKinstry said. "They've gone all over the world. The last semester, they were going to Paris. They did all the pre-production work."

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