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For Immediate Release

January 20, 2010

Communication studies student film premieres at Princeton Environmental Film Festival


EWING, NJ ... Giving Green, a documentary by senior communication studies majors Nick Donnoli and Robert Liedtka, premiered at the Princeton Environmental Film Festival on January 15. The 27-minute film relates how TCNJ is dealing with the issue of energy consumption on campus and what is currently happening to offset carbon emissions and environmental waste. Featuring interviews with students, faculty, and administrators from the President’s Climate Commitment Committee, the film reveals the multiple challenges that the College faces in its efforts to create a “green” environment.

Liedtka and Donnoli lead a discussionThe short documentary was produced as part of the documentary production class offered by the Communication Studies Department in the School of the Arts and Communication in the spring of 2009. According to Donnoli, they made the documentary because they were curious about what was actually being done to make the campus carbon neutral and environmentally sustainable-- “there’s a lot of information on TCNJ’s Web site about climate change, but we wanted to talk to people to find out what is really happening in the dorms and on the level of the administration.”

This is the second year for the Princeton Environmental Film Festival which features both acclaimed documentaries (e.g. Food, Inc.,The Garden) and works by new and emerging filmmakers. Donnoli and Liedtka led a lively discussion after the film screening. Associate Professor Susan Ryan, who teaches the documentary production class, commented: “They did a great job in fielding so many questions. Everyone was extremely interested in how TCNJ's experience related to other environmental initiatives.”

For more information on Giving Green, contact the Communication Studies department at 609.771.2256 or Nick Donnoli at .