PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

About

Student-Directed ‘Dear Old State’ To Highlight The Penn State Experience

Student-directed documentary “Dear Old State,” which highlights student life and the traditions of Happy Valley, will premiere later this month. Director Griffin Boustany-Jost, a senior majoring in Management Information Systems, gave us an inside look at the two-year project.

Focusing on the values of Penn Staters everywhere, “Dear Old State” centers around the Penn State experience from a student’s view.

“We wanted to show the world what Penn State really is, and the best way to do that is from the student body’s perspective,” Boustany said. To capture this, he spoke to student athletes, members of the Greek community, and as many influential individuals on campus as he could.

The film also highlights Penn State’s sense of tradition, covering everything from football games to the Waffle Shop. The State College community is a major component of the film as well — the surrounding community plays as much a part of Penn State as the university itself, Boustany said.

The idea behind “Dear Old State” began with The Porterfield Group, the film company behind “The Joe We Know” and “365 Days: A Year in Happy Valley.” After working on the project with The Porterfield Group, Boustany and his partner, Ryan Blaschak, purchased the rights to the film. The project will be the first film released by the Boustany Film Company.

“When I started my company, I saw a huge opportunity in this film,” Boustany said.

For Boustany, the documentary pays homage to the university that helped him begin his company. Although he had extensive experience with film-making before Penn State, Boustany’s entrepreneurship classes made his dreams of creating a start-to-finish film company a reality. He also employed the help of Penn State Small Business Development Center, Student Legal Services, and various staff members. Penn State is now one of Boustany’s biggest clients through his work on promoting Smeal College of Business’s New Entrepreneurship program.

Every film produced by the Boustany Film Company will donate 15 percent or more of the profits to charity. “We want people to watch our films not just for entertainment, but also to help someone else,” Boustany said. The proceeds from the DVD and ticket sales from “Dear Old State” will be donated to THON.

“Everything shown in the film, including the film itself, was made by students,” Boustany said proudly.

A DVD of the film can be pre-ordered here. The 30-minute long documentary will premiere within the next month, before Boustany graduates. In the meantime, a teaser of the documentary is available below.

About the Author

Alex Calderaro

Alex Calderaro is a junior majoring in Supply Chain Management from Central Jersey. As a first generation Penn Stater, she has found a home here in several places, including her sorority, and, of course, Onward State. You can contact her at [email protected] or follow her on twitter @alexcalderaro.

Comments

More by Alex

THON Gains An Angel In Hope Westrick

Four Diamonds Child Hope Westrick passed away surrounded by family and friends this weekend. The sisters of Alpha Xi Delta reflect on her memory and remind us to “always have hope” and continue to fight for a cure.

UPUA Passes Tenth Assembly Budget, Funds Finals Frenzy

‘Dear Old State’ Documentary To Premiere Next Week

Athletics

Center Ludvig Larsson Transfers To Penn State Hockey From Merrimack

The Swedish faceoff specialist graduated after three seasons at Merrimack, but will be immediately eligible to play for Guy Gadowsky in 2018-19.

Harris, Rivers Win Big Ten Titles On Final Day Of Competition

Penn State Women’s Soccer Releases 2018 Schedule

Penn State Women’s Lacrosse Loses To Penn 15-14 In Double OT

Penn State’s Kaleigh Riehl Headed To U.S. U-23 Camp

Student Life

Where Do Penn Staters Move After Graduation?

Not only is literally everyone at Penn State from “right outside of Philly,” ALMOST everyone also works “right outside of Philly.”

Penn Stater In The Running To Become Chief Taco Officer

Finding Your Penn State Beyond Penn State: Carolyn Popescu’s Senior Column

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

No Surprise Here: Saquon Barkley Can Throw, Too

Thirty yards out? No problem for Saquon Barkley.

Penn State Approved For Medical Marijuana Clinical Research

“The research component of Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program sets it apart from the rest of the nation.”

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Penn Stater In The Running To Become Chief Taco Officer

Josiah Hritsko is one of three finalists to become Moe’s Southwest Grill’s “Chief Taco Officer.”

Send this to a friend