Duquesne Senior Produces Documentary Chronicling Papal Visit to America Using Thousands of Photos and Hundreds of Hours of Video

A documentary produced by Duquesne University student Emily Stock that chronicles Pope Francis' 2015 visit to the United States will be featured at a free screening on campus.

Stock, a public relations and journalism major, was one of four undergraduates who had the rare opportunity to cover the pope's visit in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., as credentialed reporters. As part of a class project, the four students accompanied adjunct professor and WTAE-TV reporter/anchor Mike Clark with pilgrims from the Diocese of Pittsburgh to Philadelphia. The ultimate goal of the trip was to produce a documentary.

Since then, the three other students have graduated. That left Stock with 30 interviews, thousands of photos, hundreds of hours of video-and one mission-to see the project through to completion.

The Pittsburgh Papal Pilgrimage: A Celebration of Pittsburgh's Connection to the 2015 Papal Visit in America will be shown on Tuesday, April 11, at 7 p.m. in the Power Center Ballroom. Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik will be among the guests. Stock tapped into resources close to her, having her father, Eric Stock, narrate the film.

The event is open to the public.

"This project has been a long time coming and has taken a little over a year to put it all together," said Stock, who said the biggest challenge was writing a documentary script for the first time. "I'd never worked with this long of a piece. It was a lot of work in addition to being a full-time student."

Clark, who is Stock's faculty advisor, will emcee the event. He will give opening remarks along with Dr. Jim Swindal, dean of the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, and Stock.

Following the screening of the 22-minute documentary, Stock will moderate a discussion featuring Clark and the Rev. Michael Ackerman, who accompanied Clark and Stock on the trip to see the pope. The group will reflect on the documentary and what the trip meant to the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

"I'm thrilled to be able to share this project with the campus community and fellow Pittsburghers," said Stock. "It will be extremely rewarding to see this project come to fruition just in time for my May graduation. I see this as a chance to show my appreciation for what I have learned in my past four years at Duquesne."

A trailer of the documentary can be seen here.

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