"After everyone else left, we stayed" is the slogan of the new documentary film "365 Days: A Year in Happy Valley," set to be shown at six select locations, including Jim Thorpe's Mauch Chunk Opera House on December 28 at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $8.
The film takes audiences on a journey into the heart of one of the world's most beloved university towns to reveal whether the crimes of one man will redefine not only the way the world views it, but how those who live there or cherish it feel about how they are perceived.
The film explores the quest for justice, the role of the media in shaping public perception, and the collateral damage of a rush to judgment.
All across America, in November 2011, people were transfixed as decades worth of child sexual abuse at the hands of Jerry Sandusky were revealed. National outrage grew as local events spiraled out of control. What most people didn't realize was that what the media firestorm reflected, and to some extent created, told only a fraction of the story.
The award-winning crew of 365 Days spent more than a year living and working in and around State College. The film reveals a divided group of people striving to redefine the community, find healing, and determine its future.
During this journey, the filmmakers identified a new flashpoint for this small town's greatest struggle: to survive. The film's bookends are the first home football games of the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
Emotionally engaging, 365 Days: A Year in Happy Valley will leave you contemplating complex issues about the search for truth.
The film also explores the concept of forgiveness as a way for individuals to heal from unimaginable adversity.
"365 Days: A Year in Happy Valley," which released a new trailer Monday, is a documentary film that scales down the media outburst in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case and takes an in-depth look at a community struck with tragedy.
Tickets are available from the Opera House website at http://www.mcohjt.com, by calling SoundCheck Records at 570-325-4009, or by coming to the door at showtime.