Rebuilding After a Natural Disaster: First NYC Screening of Haiti Redux Documentary Film on Post-Catastrophe Reconstruction to Take Place on March 13

Collaboration Between NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate and Fountainhead Transmedia Follows Haiti’s Redevelopment After Devastating 2010 Earthquake

New York, March 4, 2013 – The NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate ( will present the first New York City screening of Haiti Redux, a documentary film that follows the rebuilding of schools, orphanages, housing, and infrastructure developments in the Haitian communities most affected by the devastating 2010 earthquake. A collaboration between NYU Schack and Fountainhead Transmedia, the film will be screened on Wednesday, March 13 at 6 p.m. at the NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South. Admission is free and open to the public.

Haiti Redux illustrates how social entrepreneurs, non-governmental organizations, governments, and community leaders are collaborating to help restore and construct sustainable communities primed for growth and prosperity. The film also documents James Barry, Tiffany Dang, Benjamin D. Loney, Thomas Long, and Philip Stasulli – graduate students in NYU Schack’s Post-Catastrophe Reconstruction program – as they assist with the rebuilding efforts and work alongside the community to try to find creative short-term and long-term housing and infrastructure solutions.

“Over the last several years, the world has seen many natural disasters that have made us question and reformulate our ideas about what the initial steps should be immediately following tragedies with such widespread damage in order to get the local communities back on their feet again,” said Rosemary Scanlon, divisional dean of the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate. “After the 2010 earthquake, the situation in Haiti was dire. As Fredric points out in the film, the earthquake didn’t just cause a disaster; it revealed one. NYU Schack’s Post-Catastrophe Reconstruction curriculum is designed to specifically address questions about how communities facing such devastation can rebuild their homes and businesses as quickly as possible. Our programming along with filmmaker Fredric King’s desire to raise visibility of the struggles in Haiti made the collaboration a worthwhile project for us at NYU Schack.”

A discussion with NYU Schack Institute Clinical Assistant Professor Corinne Packard, a post-catastrophe reconstruction expert who is featured in the film, and filmmaker Fredric King will follow the screening. The discussion will focus on the lessons learned and the steps left to take in the wake of devastating natural disasters, including local examples following Hurricane Sandy.

Packard’s seminar in Post-Catastrophe Reconstruction at NYU Schack offers students an opportunity to explore, in detail, the variety of complex issues surrounding global post-catastrophe reconstruction situations in real estate development, and planning and construction-related activities. The seminar includes studying PCR situations in Haiti after the earthquake, New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and New York after Hurricane Sandy.

In the process of making Haiti Redux, King traveled through various parts of Haiti during the height of the outbreak of cholera. His stops included the Central Plateau, Delmas 32, and the rural village of Bigones. King’s hope is that the film will inspire others to get involved with disadvantaged communities both at home and abroad.

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The NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate ( was founded in 1967, at the initiative of prominent real estate leaders who encouraged NYU to establish an academic center that provided an educational foundation for professionals within their industry. Today, NYU Schack is home to graduate degree and related graduate certificate programs—notably the M.S. in Real Estate, the M.S. in Construction Management, and the M.S. in Real Estate Development—which enroll some 700 full- and part-time students from more than 30 countries and have over 3,000 alumni degree-holders around the globe.  In addition, each year approximately 7,200 working professionals enroll in the Institute's professional certificate programs, noncredit courses, and licensure-related offerings in such areas as real estate finance, sales and brokerage, sustainable design, facilities management, and architecture and civil engineering.  The Institute also houses the NYU REIT Center and the Center for the Sustainable Built Environment and hosts key industry events, including annual conferences on Real Estate Capital Markets and REITs. NYU Schack is one of several comprehensive academic divisions within the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU-SCPS), the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally.

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