By Samantha Finch
Welcome to the blog for Pace University’s Producing the Documentary course, which has its focus set for this spring: Brazil’s efforts to limit environmental and social harms as the country braces for a huge influx of sports fans and tourists lured by the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics.
From March 14th to March 24th we will explore and film in three remarkable places — Brazil’s signature city, Rio de Janeiro, the preserved colonial town of Paraty on the Green Coast and Ilha Grade, a forested island near Rio. Through onsite research, interviews, and filming our class aims to create a documentary that explores how citizens, officials and companies are working to ensure that impending burst of tourism and the frenzy of construction preceding it does more good than harm.
This will be the fourth in a prize-winning series of films focused on sustainable resource management and environmental conservation. The previous films were featured on The New York Times website here.
This year, our journey is synchronized with that of more than 30 Pace students enrolled in the International Management Field Study course.