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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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Press Release: Pace University Students Heading to Hawaii to Film Documentary

03/05/2019

Press Release: Pace University Students Heading to Hawaii to Film Documentary

“Living on the Edge in Paradise” to highlight the stories of those affected by the eruptions of Kilauea; Hawaiian residents encouraged to tell their stories on camera and be featured in the film

PLEASANTVILLE, NY, Feb. 28 Students from Pace University's Media, Communications and Visual Arts (MCVA) department will be visiting Hawaii 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 – 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 Kilauea. The producers are specifically focusing on the relationship between the active volcano and residents of Hawaii. 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 Hawaii?” said Maria Luskay, EdD, professor and program director, Master of Arts in Media and Communication Arts. “We hope to portray the real Hawaii 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 Hawaii. 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.

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 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. 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 at: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLiKga4dK-6qSqCbqvRoGsyWiHISawLus7.

The students will be chronicling the Hawaii journey on their blog, Pace Docs (https://pacedocs.blogs.pace.edu/). For more information about this class and trip, visit https://www.pace.edu/dyson/departments/media-communications-visual-arts.


About the Producing the Documentary Course at Pace
The Producing the Documentary course at Pace is a fast-paced, hands-on faculty-led study abroad course that allows Pace University documentary students to research, shoot, edit, and promote a short film exploring efforts in various places across the globe. Students travel to different places to experience a first-hand view of environmental, social, or political issues and bring awareness to them. Destinations have included The Netherlands, Portugal, Florida and Mexico.

Two years ago, the Pace students were the first student group to travel to Cuba from the U.S. after the travel ban was lifted. The Pace documentary production class has taken students around the world to study environmental issues and gain filmmaking experience—from endangered turtles in Baja to sustainable shrimp farming in Belize to the future of the cork industry and forests in Portugal. The previous documentaries the course has produced can be viewed here.

About Dyson College

Pace University’s liberal arts college, the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences 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.