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‘365 Days’ Sequel to be Released in May

By now you’ve probably seen or at least heard about the movie “365 Days: A Year in Happy Valley,” which debuted two months ago throughout Pennsylvania. Under the same Porterfield Group umbrella, two students are directing a sequel to that film called “Dear Old State.

The two directors, junior Griffin Boustany and senior Ryan Blaschak, disclosed that the film is aimed at promoting the positive qualities of Penn State and fighting back against what they call a “misinterpretation” of the university during the last two years.

“Penn State has always had a huge influence in my life,” Blaschak said. “Penn State has been on the country’s radar for the first time in a negative attitude, which really caught people by surprise. We really want to bring some light — Say ‘Hey, this is Penn State where it truly fits’…We are not just a university, we are a family, and that is we take on every problem in every aspect in your life.”

The movie includes interviews with Sam Ficken, Bill O’Brien, Michael Mauti, and other community and university figures. The duo is currently soliciting funds on Kickstarter with the hopes of releasing the movie on DVD by May 1. The group is $6,000 away from its $10,000 goal with about 10 days left — if the total funds reaches $20,000, the directors have promised to give copies of the film to all graduating seniors.

“Some people like to leave behind a park bench. Some people like to leave a tree,” Boustany said. “What we want to leave behind after we leave this college is a movie — something for everyone to remember our time here.

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Kevin Horne

Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014 and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus, which is a fake title he made up. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is also the president of the graduate student government. Email: [email protected]

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