Trio of Alumni Return to Discuss Eco-Documentary

March 9, 2017 | Joliet, Ill.

The University of St. Francis (USF) is excited to welcome three alumni back to campus for a speaking engagement to discuss their work on the eco-documentary “Making Waves: Battle for the Great Lakes.”

Filmmakers Brendan ’05 and Jessica (Saraga ’05) Walsh will join composer Gabe Jaskowiak ’16 on Thursday, April 20 at 6 p.m. in San Damiano Hall, 603 Taylor St. in Joliet for the event, Behind the Scenes of “Making Waves: Battle for the Great Lakes.” Each will discuss their personal ties to the project and their technical process.

The Walshes are both graduates of the Communication & Media Arts program at USF. After graduating, they founded the video production company, Great Lakes Media (GLM), which specializes in corporate promotions, live events and documentary production. In fall of 2015, the husband-and-wife team completed their first feature length documentary, “Making Waves: Battle for the Great Lakes.” The two-hour film documents the aquatic invasive species in the Great Lakes and the efforts under way to control and prevent them. The Walshes filmed, edited, wrote and produced the documentary which was narrated by Chicago news-legend Bill Kurtis. “Making Waves” then aired on PBS stations in Chicago, Buffalo, Toronto and throughout Michigan and New York.

The Walshes turned to Jaskowiak when the project was in need of music for completion. Jaskowiak is a digital audio recording graduate from USF and composed and recorded all of the music heard on the film. The trio originally met when Jaskowiak was still an undergrad at USF and worked with GLM on the USF sports TV network. Jaskowiak continues to compose and engineer music on a freelance basis when he is not working as an assistant audio engineer at the Chicago Recording Company.

The three alumni will begin their presentation at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 20. Questions from a student panel and a reception will follow the presentation. A special showing of the full “Making Waves” documentary will take place Friday, April 21 at 12:30 p.m. in the Turk Theater, located in the Music at Moser Performing Arts Center, 500 Wilcox St. Both events are open to the public. An RSVP with the number of people attending is encouraged. To RSVP please visit stfrancis.edu/sustainability/green-events/rsvp

Both events are part of USF’s week-long Green Week celebration, taking place April 16-22 and hosted by the USF Sustainability Committee, in partnership with the USF Alumni Association, University Ministry, Department of Natural Science, Digital Audio Recording Arts and Communication & Media Arts departments.

More details about “Making Waves” can be found at makingwavesdocumentary.com.

The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves 3,900 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 48,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu. University of St. Francis: Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose.