Happy Valley
Bijou by the BayFri, Aug 1, 2014 9:00 AM
Sponsored by:
Rosenbaum Family
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Film Info
Release Year:2014
Runtime:100 min.
Type of Film:Feature Documentary
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Amir Bar-Lev
Produced by:John Battsek
Ken Dornstein
Jonathan Koch
Steven Michaels
Screenwriter:Amir Bar-Lev
Cinematography:Nelson Hume
Sean Kirby
Editing By:Dan Swietlik
Music By:H. Scott Salinas
For many of the citizens of State College, home to Penn State University, college football is a religion, and for four decades, Nittany Lions coach Joe Paterno was their patron saint—until November 2011, when longtime assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was charged with over 40 counts of child sex abuse, shattering Paterno’s legacy under allegations that he turned a blind eye to immoral behavior. Director Amir Bar-Lev (“The Tillman Story,” TCFF ’10 and “12-12-12,” TCFF ‘14) delves beyond the public perception of the controversy to show how it affected lives in Penn State and the surrounding community, and asks bigger questions about how we choose our heroes and what happens when college football becomes a way of life.