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Curaçao’s Coral Challenge

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Roll out the blue and gold carpet, because Dyson is inviting you to the world premiere of a documentary produced by a Pace class on May 12 at the Jacob Burns Film Center.

Over the last five years, a 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. This year’s class went to Curaçao, a small island with a big conservation problem, where they made a film about the work being done to preserve nearby reefs.

Produced by student filmmakers from the award-winning media, communications, and visual arts travel documentary production class, Curaçao’s Coral Challenge: Reviving the Rain Forests of the Sea explores one Caribbean island’s efforts to give coral reefs a chance despite a host of threats ranging from climate change to invasive lionfish to the pollution and fishing impacts that often accompany rapid coastal development.

The film will premiere at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville on Tuesday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m., marking the first time a documentary produced by the class has premiered on the big screen.

Following the film, there will be a Q&A with student filmmakers, Professor/Program Director for the MA in Media and Communication Arts Maria Luskay, EdD, and New York Times “Dot Earth” blogger/Pace Academy Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding Andrew Revkin.

Free tickets are available for Pace students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends, and family. To RSVP, visit

Want a behind-the-scenes look? From kayaking through mangroves to eating invasive species to snorkeling and shooting in the deep blue sea, check out sneak peeks at their adventure and some fun shots featuring their underwater Go-Pro on the Pace Coral vlogs on YouTube. Read more about Pace Coral on their blog or follow them on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.