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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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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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"Patch" featured Professor Maria Luskay and students in the Media, Communications and Visual Arts department in "Pace Students Film Aftermath Of Hawaii Volcano Eruption"

06/04/2019

"Patch" featured Professor Maria Luskay and students in the Media, Communications and Visual Arts department in "Pace Students Film Aftermath Of Hawaii Volcano Eruption"

 Students in Pace University's Media, Communications and Visual Arts 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).

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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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