The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

December 24, 2013

Penn State story surrounding Sandusky scandal is not over, according to filmmakers

Sportscaster Bob Costas among those featured in documentary


— LEWISBURG — “The story is NOT over,” according to the filmmakers of 365 Days: A Year in Happy Valley. The upcoming documentary about the aftermath of the Sandusky scandal will have an  exclusive showing at 2 p.m. at The Campus Theatre in Lewisburg on Saturday, Dec. 28.

Tickets are $12 each and must be purchased in advance through 365daysthefilm.com.

Veteran NBC sportscaster Bob Costas is among those interviewed in the film. Commenting on the Freeh report, Costas said that while the report might have contained some valuable information, Freeh then “assigned motivations to people, including Paterno, which were at best unknowable and at worst might have been irresponsible.”

On the way the media has covered the scandal and ongoing revelations, Costas says in the film: “You can’t just take a story, reach a conclusion about one of the most significant figures of our lifetime in sports and then when new evidence comes in or perspective sets in over time, ‘we’re done with that, we’re down the road, we’re done with that.’ I just think that’s wrong.”

Costas’ views underscore some of the universal themes of the film, including the collateral damage of a rush to judgment.

The film explores the impact of crime and media coverage on a community and on individuals, some of whom were never in the headlines. An absorbing and deeply human portrait emerges, reminding viewers that under the surface of a riveting news story are even more complex questions of seeking truth, overcoming personal and professional obstacles and choosing a path for the future. 

Award-winning director Erik Proulx (“Lemonade and Lemonade: Detroit”) is known for films about overcoming devastating circumstances.

Interviews with students, professors, Penn State alumni, local businesspeople, and community leaders combine to reveal a community grappling with the horrible crimes against children that occurred in its midst, the blow to State College’s once stellar reputation, and differing views about how to move ahead.

After its State College premiere on Dec. 27, the film will have limited screenings in other markets including Lewisburg. “Success in these initial showings is critical to demonstrate broad interest in the story and to support national release efforts,” said producer Eric Porterfield.