Presenting of “Green vs. Gold”

By: Samantha Finch 

After months of planning, production and editing, “Green vs. Gold,” the Pace University documentary on Brazil’s struggles over the environmental and social impacts of the back-to-back World Cup and Olympics, premieredTuesday on the Pace Pleasantville campus and yesterday on at the Manhattan campus.

The film was extremely well received by audiences composed not only of family, friends, students and staff, but also community members with an interest in Brazil or sports.[Photos from the premiere can be found on the PaceBrazil Facebook page].

After weeks of piecing together our story, the team felt a mix of exultation and exhaustion, but exceeded all of our expectations. Without further delay, the spring 2014 “Producing The Documentary” class of Pace University proudly presents:

Green vs. Gold: Brazil’s Race to Balance Its Sports-Fueled Tourism Boom

Day 7: On the Surface of Rio

A collection of photographs from #PaceBrazil’s visit to major tourist locations in Rio De Janeiro. Contributing Photographers: Samantha Finch

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Day 5: From Bus Rides to Kayaks in Paraty

A collection of photographs from #PaceBrazil’s trip around Paraty, Brazil. Contributing Photographers: Samantha Finch

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Arrival in Rio

By Samantha Finch

After checking out and eating our final breakfast at our pousada in Paraty, the Pace Brazil documentary team made the five-hour bus trip to Rio De Janerio, stopping briefly to shoot video of a shipyard building tankers and other vessels serving Brazil’s booming offshore oil industry.

Professor Revkin and Elise Vaux shooting b-roll on our way to Rio. Photo Credit: Samantha Finch

Professor Andrew Revkin and Elise Vaux shooting b-roll on our way to Rio. Photo Credit: Samantha Finch

As we sat in traffic jams entering the sprawling city, it was hard to picture how Rio will be able to handle the thousands of tourist who will flood the hotels, streets, and stores during the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics.

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Day 2: Exploring Ilha Grande

A collection of photographs from #PaceBrazil’s second day in Ilha Grande, Brazil. Contributing Photographers: Samantha Finch

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Paraty’s Poop Problem

A piece of fetus floating in the Perequê-Açú River in Paraty. Photo Credit: Elise Vaux

A piece of feces floating in the Perequê-Açú River in Paraty. Photo Credit: Elise Vaux

By Elise Vaux

When the Portuguese founded the port of Paraty in southern Brazil in the early 18th century, the streets were laid out in a design that exploited the Atlantic Ocean, with the twice-daily tide flowing in and then out of the cobbled lanes, washing any accumulated waste out to sea. Unfortunately, Paraty’s sanitation system in the early 21st century, at least for the moment, does not look much different.

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