This is the question we are going to be asking as we prepare to make a documentary on residents of Hawaii. What is it like to live amongst an active volcano? Let’s find out.

If you have been following the coverage of the active volcano situation in Hawaii you have probably heard much of the science data behind the eruption. PaceDocs goal is to humanize the story to show the local culture and emotion behind the devastations of this natural disaster. With an extensive list of contacts, we are excited to begin a conversation with residents of Hawaii or more specifically, the Puna District!

As soon as the team met, we began delegating jobs and getting to know each other’s roles. We will all be wearing many hats throughout the semester, not limited to filming, interviewing, and researching.

Tonight marked the start of pre-production, and the class is already working hard to prepare for our premiere date of May 7th at the Jacob Burns Film Center, and May 8th at the Schimmel Center for the Arts. So save the dates and follow along for updates on our process!

Written By: Christina Bubba, Edited By: Alec Zawadzki

Have you or someone you know been affected by the recent eruptions at Kilauea? We want to hear your story! Pace University’s Pace Docs crew is in the process of producing Kilauea: Living on the Edge in Paradise, the latest in a series of award-winning environmentally and culturally relevant documentaries from our department. Contact us at