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‘Happy Valley’ Documentary To Be Released Nationally in November

Music Box Films bought the rights to the “Happy Valley” documentary from A&E IndieFilms, Deadline.com reported Friday.

The documentary (not to be confused with the Al Pacino HBO feature film of the same name) originally premiered at the Sundance film festival this year and will be released in November in “day-and-date fashion.” This purchase means that the documentary, which takes a look at Joe Paterno’s role in the Sandusky scandal case and the scandal’s effect on State College, will be broadcast to a national audience.

Directed by Emmy-award winner Amir Bar-Lev, “Happy Valley” includes interviews from Sue Paterno, the Paterno sons, and Sandusky’s adopted son, Matt. According to the Deadline report, Matt speaks about becoming a witness for the prosecution in June 2012, as well as the story surrounding his own childhood abuse.

“When you are raised in Happy Valley, you feel as though nothing like this could ever happen there,” said Jonathan Koch, the president of the project’s production company Asylum Entertainment, last year. “This project has such gravity, importance, and significant personal meaning to me, and I am honored that this extraordinary team of filmmakers has joined me to tell the story.”

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Josh Glossner

Josh Glossner is a first generation Penn Stater majoring in print journalism from Bellefonte, Pa. He shares the same birthday as Jon Bon Jovi and Dr. Suess. You can find Josh rockin’ the 50s attire as a server at Baby’s Burgers and Shakes, where his milkshakes bring all the boys to the yard. He enjoys attempting to twerk in what little spare time he has and performs in local drag shows as Carrie Oakey.

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