Pastriology Wins Prestige Film Award

September 11, 2013

Pastriology posterMay 12, 2013 – LOS ANGELES, CA – The new feature documentary, Pastriology, has won a prestigious Gold Award from The Prestige Film Award.  The award was given to Joel Krantz for his exciting Sound Mixing of the global production.

Joel Krantz, Assistant Professor of Post-Production Sound at California State University, Northridge in the Department of Cinema and Television Art’s Film Production Option, says, “It is my pleasure to be recognized with a Gold Award in Sound Mixing from the Prestige Film Award competition.  Thank you for the honor.  When creating the sound mix for Pastriology, our goal was to enhance and combine the diegetic specific and ambient sounds with the various musical elements, while still allowing the dialog to remain the major focus of the film.”  

The Prestige Film Award recognizes film, television, and videography professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change.  Entries are judged by highly qualified professionals in the film and television industry.

The dialogue in twelve languages was a complex undertaking, interwoven with a global score that includes original music by Ed Finney (USA), Yasumi Miyazawa (Japan), Jenny Rieu and Michael Bogolmony (France), as well as arrangements of Mozart by CSUN alumna Yeli Lim and original background music by Daniel O-Connor and CSUN alumna Minoti Vaishnav, who also produced the French music and served as Co-Music Supervisor along with Associate Producer Reseda Mickey.  Doug Lacy recorded and music edited “Patisserie”.  Katey Bright edited the film, recently winning Awards of Merit for Pastriology from both the Accolade and Indiefest competitions.  Over the course of five years Pastriology has employed crew from all over the world, including unit directors, producers and translators, thus bringing together people in the international film community.  Many CSUN students also participated in the making of Pastriology. The film is fiscally sponsored by the International Documentary Association and was supported by CSUN’s Office of Research and Sponsored Projects and the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication.

The film, which takes a global view of the perils and pleasures of pastry, will screen at CSUN on Monday, October 14th, in the Elaine and Alan Armer Auditorium, Manzanita Hall, at 7:30 PM.  

What makes the world of pastry-making and consumption so dark?  How can something that is a sweet expression of cultural values and love make you sick and in some case, even kill you?  Pastriologyanswers both these questions by focusing on issues such as diabetes, obesity and world hunger. 

Prestige award logoPastriology is co-produced by cine-activist Sanjoy Ghosh, an Indian filmmaker who has co-directed the independent feature films, Rihla…The Journey and Adbhutam (The Wonder); Dr. Hamidou Soumah, a former communications consultant for UNESCO who currently teaches Critical Studies and Film Production in the CTVA Department; and Prof. Alexis Krasilovsky, who is also the writer and director of Pastriology.  Some of Krasilovsky’s previous works include Women Behind The Camera (and the TV version, Shooting Women) which won five “Best Documentary" awards and received much festival recognition (http://womenbehindthecamera.com) ; Epicenter U., which focused on the 2004 Northridge earthquake; End of The Art World, starring Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg; Just Between Me and God, shown nationally on The Learning Channel’s series, “The Independents”; and Exile, screened nationally on PBS.  Krasilovsky is a Professor of Screenwriting and Critical Studies in the Department of Cinema and Television Arts at California State University, Northridge.

Krasilovsky says, “Joel Krantz, our Sound Mixer, spent weeks of tireless effort on our multi-language sound mix, donating his time to the project which deals with the world hunger crisis and obesity in the world today.  He contributed many sound effects which he specially designed for the project, in addition to mixing interviews in Bengali, French, Japanese, Jicarilla Apache, Somali, Spanish, Telegu and other languages (all with English subtitles, but which need to be clearly mixed as the film will be going to a global audience, including the Dhaka International Film Festival in Bangladesh in January 2014).  The film also has original music which needed special attention.  With sound coming from a variety of sources around the world at many different technical levels, it was an exceptionally challenging task to make a cohesive soundtrack, but Joel Krantz rose to the challenge, for which I am very thankful as producer and director of this project.”

For more information, contact Prof. Alexis Krasilovsky at   or visit the film’s website at http://pastriology.com.