Rio Faces Olympic-Size Doubts About Its Preparations for the 2016 Games

By: Samantha Finch


As the days countdown to the 2016 Olympics, everyone is watching to see if Rio will be ready. Photo Credit: Samantha Finch

As our countdown continues to the release the Pace Brazil Documentary “Green vs. Gold,” so does the timer in Brazil. With Brazil struggling just to finish preparations for the 2014 World Cup next month, is it even possible to consider that the country will be ready for the Olympics?

In a recent New York Times article, John Coates, a member of the International Olympic Committee, said that Rio’s effort to prepare for the 2016 Olympics is the “worst I have experienced.”

When it was announced on October 2, 2009 that Rio de Janeiro, a city that has risen through the power ranks over the past few decades, was selected by the Olympic Committee to host the 2016 summer games — beating out Chicago, Tokyo, and Madrid — the country erupted with joy.

But concerns have built for months, both inside and outside Brazil, about the status and of Rio’s sprawling, multi-billion-dollar Olympic plan. Continue reading


From Organizing to Editing – The Real Work Begins Inside the Media Lab

By Mekelia Channer

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Sitting around the editing table working on the story. Photo Credit: Samantha Finch

There are only a few weeks to go until the premiere of our film and where have the students of the Producing the Documentary film team been? Hard at work in the media lab hidden in the basement of the Willcox building on the Pleasantville campus. After returning from 10 hectic days of filming in Brazil the morning of March 24th, we knew the real work lay ahead. The media lab has become our home away from home through extra hours outside of class time on weekdays and weekends.


The students of the Pace Brazil documentary course sit down and start piecing together the story. Photo Credit: Samantha Finch

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Exploring the “Big Island”


The island of Ilha Grande has 107 beautiful while sand beaches along its coast. Photo credit: Claudia Green

By Dallas Ripka , Alexandria Corneiro, and Samantha Finch

In approximately three weeks, the spring 2014 Producing the Documentary class will be leaving New York to begin our journey in Brazil. Our 10-day adventure will take us through three different locations within the country.  Our first stop is the island of Ilha Grande.

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Pace Spring 2014 Documentary Course Prepares for Brazil


Pace University students during the first class for #PaceBrazil

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.

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