Saturday Night at the Movies: A Film Festival Story


Film Festival on Campus a Great Experience for Students

Prof. Sager speaking on behalf on her class during the Red Carpet Gala. Photo Credit: Samantha Finch

By: Samantha Finch 

Students, alumni, and residents of the Pleasantville community made their way to Pace University Pleasantville campus this past Saturday to participate in Pace Pleasantville the first ever student run film festival.

While several people came out for the festival itself, the highlight of the event was the Red Carpet Gala which was held in Gottesman room on the Pleasantville campus. The gala had all the makings of a true Hollywood event including live entertainment, music, a trivia game section with prizes, and dinner.


Guest watch the Pace 50th Anniversary promotional video during the Red Carpet Gala on Saturday Dec. 7, 2013. Photo Credit: Samantha Finch

Additionally, the Media Communications and Visual Arts department premiered their student made promotional film for Pace Pleasantville’s 50th Anniversary.

Visitors from the Westchester community came out to the Pace Pleasantville Film Festival by Samantha Finch

The festival was planned and executed by Prof. Corinna Sager’s fall 2013 event planning class and was a celebration of Pace University’s 50 years in Pleasantville.

“The film festival was an exciting event to celebrate Pace Pleasantville’s 50th birthday,” said Sager. “It was the perfect opportunity for my students to learn about putting on a real event for the Event Design Class and I know they learned more than they ever could in the classroom. It was a great success and maybe we can do it again.”

The film festival was the final event of the fall semester to celebrate Pace Pleasantville’s 50th Birthday. For more information about the festival visit To view upcoming events for Pace’s 50th anniversary please visit

Cheers to 50 Years


By: Samantha Finch 

Throughout this past fall semester, the graduate students of Dr. Maria Luskay’s “Industrial Media Production” class have been writing, filming and editing  a promotional video for Pace Pleasantville’s 50th Birthday.

The short video premiered on December 7th during the red carpet gala that followed Pleasantville’s first ever student-run film festival.

The video explores the remarkable achievements of the Pace Pleasantville in its 50 years and how this milestone will shape the future of Pace Pleasantville campus.

Without further ado, Pace University Media Communications and Visual Arts presents:

Pace Pleasantville 50 Year Anniversary Promotional Video

The Glitz and Glamour of Hollywood in Pleasantville

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By: Samantha Finch 

“Featuring films you’ve grown to love from the past five decades” is the slogan of the first ever Pace-Pleasantville 50th Anniversary Film Festival that will be held on December 7, 2013.

Designed to incorporate several blockbuster-hit films including The Social Network, Life of Pi, and When Harry Met Sally, the festival will bring each decade back to life a new and exciting way.

The festival will be hosted from 11 AM to 6:30 PM in Miller Hall, Lienhard Hall, and Butcher Suite on the Pleasantville campus.

After the conclusion of the final motion picture, a panel discussion will occur followed by a glamour filled Red Carpet Gala that will take place in Gottesman Room as the final event of the festival.

Please visit the Film Festival page on the Pace website for the exact location and times of each film.

Take this opportunity to dress according to your favorite decade and enjoy the films that you grew up watching. The selected films are rated from G to R ensuring that there is something for you along with your family and friends.

The festival is part of the continuous celebration of 50 years of Pace-Pleasantville, which will continue throughout the 2013-2014 academic year.

The event is free and open to the general public however seating is limited. To RSVP please email


Film Festival Coming to Pleasantville to Mark 50 Years

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The Pace- Pleasantville Film Festival will take place on Dec. 7th at the Pace- Pleasantville Campus

By: Samantha Finch 

On Dec. 7th, Pace University-Pleasantville campus will be hosting a film festival in honor of Pleasantville’s 50th Anniversary. To mark this tremendous milestone, the festival will feature great films of the past 50 years.

From 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. numerous cinematic masterpieces including Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Mary Poppins, Jurassic Park, and The Social Network will be shown in various locations on the Pleasantville Campus.

After the screenings, a red carpet gala will be hosted in  the Kessel Student Center Gottesman Room from 6:30 until 9:30.  During the dinner the Media Communications and Visual Art department will present their student made 50th Anniversary promotional video.

The festival is open to the public however space is limited. To RSVP please email

For additional information about the festival or the gala please visit the Pace University Film Festival Page 

A Celebration of 50 Years of Pace- Pleasantville

The 2013 Homecoming Queen and President Friedman by Samantha Finch.

By: Samantha Finch 

In September 1963, the Pleasantville location began with a generous donation by alumnus Wayne C. Marks. Originally intended to be a two-year college that would inspire students to transfer to the NYC campus, Pace College only offered associate degrees. Within two years Pace began offering it’s first undergraduate degrees. Now, 50 years later, Pace University – Pleasantville is a thriving university that is home to over 27 majors, 200 acres, and over 5,000 students. With the 2013-2014 school year marking the 50th birthday of Pace University –Pleasantville campus, the campus has been hosting several events that celebrate the past while encouraging excitement for the future of Pace- Pleasantville.


The crowds cheering at the 2013 Homecoming game by Samantha Finch

From October 24th to October 27th Homecoming weekend kicked off our 50th birthday celebration. Families, alumni, and students gathered on Pleasantville throughout the weekend to engage in several campus wide events including the Step and Stroll show, Prep Rally, and the homecoming game/ alumni reception. Additionally, Pace hosted specific events to commemorate its 50 years including the 50 Faces Dinner that was held on October 26th and welcomed faculty, staff, alumni, and students.  Overall, this is just the beginning of the festivities planned for the entire year as Pace University Pleasantville embraces their 50 year anniversary.