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365 Days: A Year in Happy Valley Preview

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It has been over a year since the news about the Sandusky scandal broke. Since that time, one film crew has been hard at work to portray the aftermath.

The aptly named “365 Days: A Year in Happy Valley”, a documentary directed by Erik Poulx, focuses on the general impact the scandal had on the State College community and how its members are healing and moving forward.

A trailer for “365” was recently released, and while the feature length film won’t premiere until Christmas Day 2013, the preview’s impact leaves viewers with plenty to reflect on until then. The quotes spoken over stunning imagery of Happy Valley are extremely powerful and resonate with raw emotion.

“This feature-length documentary will explore the community that is, and surrounds, Penn State as it seeks to move on past the events surrounding the Sandusky trial and sentencing.

As a framework for understanding how moving on is made possible, or more difficult, the film will look at issues such as due process, groupthink, pack journalism, and forgiveness.

Most importantly, the documentary will be showcasing how the school, community, alumni, students, and locals work through the process and come together.”

If this brief interlude into the documentary is any indication, the Penn State community can be confident that it will provide an honest look into our culture and spark positive and insightful conversation.

Sandusky Scandal - On November 5, 2011, a 23-page Grand Jury report rocked Penn State to its foundation. As a result of Jerry Sandusky being convicted on 45 of 48 counts sexual abuse against 10 minors and subsequent fallout and alleged coverup by several key school administrators and legendary coach Joe Paterno, these events will forever be a dark stain in the history of our University. Read more