(Don’t?) Put a Cork in It

To cork or not to cork, that is the question. Find out as Media and Communication Arts students present the premiere of the documentary they wrote, shot, and produced on location in Portugal. >>Read More

What is the connection between the bottle of wine on your restaurant table and the fate of forests that are repositories for wildlife across Southern Europe and parts of North Africa and a source of livelihood for 100,000 people? The cork.

A few months ago, we told you all about Dyson Professor Maria Luskay, EdD, New York Times Dot Earth blogger and Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding Andrew Revkin, and the Media and Communication Arts students who were headed to Portugal to shoot a documentary on the cork industry.

After days and nights of researching, collecting, and editing, the students’ hard work comes to fruition as they show you what they uncovered from the bark to the bottle and from the bottle to the bark, at the premiere of their documentary.

Has the cork industry been popped? How much has really changed because of screwcaps? What does this mean for your bottle of wine? Find out on May 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the premiere of Battle Behind the Bottle in Willcox Hall Auditorium on the PLV Campus. A dessert reception will follow the screening. So whether you love documentaries or wine or just want to see their hard work pay off, RSVP to MCAPace@pace.edu or (914)

From cork processing plants to Fado dinners and more, read all about their journey on their blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

Over the last two years, students in Luskay’s award-winning Media and Communication Arts class have traveled to the Netherlands to shoot a documentary on the U.S. Ambassador to Holland appointed by President Obama and to Belize where they chronicled the world of sustainable shrimp farming. The Life of an American Ambassador: The Netherlands won Best in Category for “Documentary” at the 4th Annual Indie Short Film
Competition and Linda Thornton: Seeking Sustainability One Shrimp at a Time was awarded Best Short Documentary in the Best Shorts Film Festival.