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Alumni-Produced Sandusky Documentary Seeks Funding

Kelly Dolak, a former Penn State student and a current film professor at Ramapo College, sees the Sandusky scandal in a different light than your average outsider. As an alumna, Dolak felt a connection to our student body when the news broke in November, and she set off with her camera to the chaos of State College, unsure of what was to come.

Now she wants to show the world the true sentiment of all Penn State students in the form of “No Act of Ours”, a documentary film that will explore the reaction of the student body as the scandal progressed.

Dolak is working with a group of students and has been filming since the scandal began back in November. Her goal is to immerse the viewer in the Penn State community, and provide all sides of the story as seen through the eyes of Penn Staters.

The documentary has a great trailer that gives you a taste of just how much potential the film has, but since Dolak is working on this project without the assistance of a professional movie studio, they need financial assistance to get this perspective of the scandal out to the world.

Dolak has initiated a KickStarter fundraiser that ends on Saturday morning, which aims to raise $15,000 to help with various production and marketing needs. They’re almost one-third of the way there — with $9,497 raised through 129 backers as of publishing time — but they will need a strong push on the final day of this fundraising effort. Otherwise, all donations are returned and “No Act of Ours” might be stopped dead in its tracks.

Two of our esteemed Onward State editors, Kevin Horne and Ryan Beckler, are featured in the film and can be seen in the trailer on the KickStarter page that acts as both a convincing plea for help and an encouraging preview of what could turn out to be a truly excellent documentary. Dolak has been following Horne and Beckler since the beginning, and most recently, filmed their coverage of the Sandusky trial in Bellefonte. Dolak plans to continue filming as long as it takes to tell the whole story, which should go well into next year as the Freeh Report is expected to be released within the coming weeks.

Consider helping an independent filmaker tell the students’ story. It’s a story that the national media largely ignored, and one that so desperately needs to be told.

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About the Author

Zach Berger

Zach Berger is a reporter and Onward State's Managing Editor Emeritus. You can find him at the Phyrst more nights than not. If he had to pick a last meal, Zach would go for a medium-rare New York strip steak with a side of garlic mashed potatoes and a cold BrewDog Punk IPA. You can reach him via e-mail at [email protected] or on Twitter at @theZachBerger.

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