NEWS RELEASE: Premiere of “Battle Behind the Bottle: A Documentary on the Cork Question”

NEWS RELEASE: Premiere of “Battle Behind the Bottle: A Documentary on the Cork Question”


Meet student filmmakers at the public premiere Wednesday, May 2 at 7:30pm, Pace University, 861 Bedford Rd., Pleasantville, entrance 1, Willcox Hall auditorium

PLEASANTVILLE, NY, April 27, 2012 – In a new documentary, “Battle Behind the Bottle: A Documentary on the Cork Question, ” a team of Pace University student filmmakers explores “the connection between the bottle of wine on your table and the fate of faraway forests.”

The premiere screening will be Wednesday, May 2 at 7:30pm, Pace University, 861 Bedford Rd., Pleasantville, entrance 1, Willcox Hall auditorium. The student filmmakers and their professor Maria Luskay will hold a panel discussion on the making of the film. New York Times Dot Earth blogger Andrew Revkin, Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding at the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, who co-taught the course, will join by videoconference. The event is free and open to the public. Media admission by press pass.

In the film students in the award-winning Pace course “Producing the Documentary” highlight the unseen issues within the cork industry in Portugal. The film makes the connection between cork harvested for wine bottles, a source of livelihood for 100,000 people, and the forests that are repositories for wildlife across Southern Europe and parts of North Africa. The students wrote, filmed and produced the entire project, traveling to Porto, Coruche and Lisbon to research and film.

In the documentary course, created nine years ago by Pace communications professor Maria Luskay, Ph.D., Program Chair of the Master of Arts in Media and Communication Arts, a mix of graduate and undergraduate students produce a short film each spring, spending January and February reporting and planning the shoot – which consumes much of their March spring “break” — and then editing and producing the final product. In past years Luskay has taken students to the Netherlands, Nassau, Brazil, Costa Rica, and Tuscany, and elsewhere to produce films.

“Each of these documentary projects presents unique challenges, said Luskay speaking of past film projects. “We think we know what we’re going to shoot and the direction that the film is going to take, but what actually happens once we get there can be entirely different. Agility is needed to stay true to the original theme but remain open to what the reality is. This gives the students real-world experience in documentary film-making that will serve them well in their careers.”

For interviews with the student filmmakers, Luskay or Revkin, contact Cara Cea in the Pace office of public information,, (914) 906-9680. The making of the film is detailed on the students’ blog. Follow the students on Twitter @PaceCork and on Facebook.

Previous documentaries the course has produced and corresponding awards and links:

The Pace Master Plan for Pleasantville

Linda Thornton: Seeking Sustainability, One Shrimp at a Time, 2011, Best Shorts Competition for Best Short Documentary Award of Merit.

The Life of an American Ambassador, 2009 – recipient of Best in Category Award Winner for the “Documentary” category of the 2010 Indie Short Film Competition

Social Media:  Redefining Communication, 2008

Mugello: One Step Closer to Sustainability, 2007

Mugello, Italy’s Untapped Gem, 2007

The Constitution Comes Alive, a documentary for Constitution Day, 2007

Ecotourism: The Double Edged Sword, 2006

The March of Time, the History of Pace University, 2006, North Castle Community Television, Best Documentary Winner

For more information visit the Pace media and communications department web site at

About Pace University

For 105 years, Pace University has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.

Contact: Cara Cea,, 914-906-9680

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