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Documentary About ‘We Are’ Sculpture Premieres At Tribeca Film Festival

“We Are,” a documentary about the development of the 2013 class gift “We Are” sculpture, premiered on Sunday as part of the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.

Joshua Shelov and Jay Bulger directed the 11-minute short film, which “chronicles Penn State’s path from the 2011 scandal to the design of their new campus statue,” according to the Tribeca Film Guide, although it’s hard to believe that 11 minutes can accurately showcase the entire Sandusky scandal and the design of the We Are sculpture.

The Film Guide also says that “Sculptor Jonathan Cramer drew inspiration for its creation from the 1948 PSU football team that overcame racial adversity with the mantra ‘We Are Penn State.'” Although many consider this the root of the “We Are” chant, there is a debate surrounding the true origin. Historian Lou Prato says instead the chant was deliberately created by Penn State cheerleaders in the 1970s and 80s. There is support for both stories, but the film focuses on the former.

A one-minute preview appears on the Tribeca Film Festival website:

The documentary was produced by Maggievision Productions for ESPN, and will be shown at the Tribeca Film Festival throughout the week on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., Thursday at 9:30 p.m., and Saturday at 3:45 p.m.

“We Are” will premiere in State College at the Friends of the Palmer Museum of Art Gala fundraiser on May 13.

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