But then, in November 2011, everything came crashing down. Longtime Assistant Coach Jerry Sandusky was charged with 40 counts of child sex abuse, setting off a firestorm of accusations about who failed to protect the children of Happy Valley. Was Sandusky’s abuse an “open secret” in the town? Did Coach Paterno and the Penn State administration value their football program more than the lives of Sandusky’s victims?
Filmed over the course of the year after Sandusky’s arrest as key players in the scandal agreed to share their stories, Happy Valley deconstructs the story we think we know to uncover a much more complicated and tragic tale. Director Amir Bar-Lev creates a parable of guilt, redemption, and identity crisis for a small town caught in the glare of the national spotlight.
About the Director
Cast and Credits
Director: Amir Bar-Lev
Executive Producers: Molly Thompson, Bob DeBitetto, David McKillop
Producers: John Battsek, Jonathan Koch, Ken Dornstein, Steve Michaels
Co, Producer: Ezekiel Morgan
Cinematographers: Sean Kirby, Nelson Hume
Editor: Dan Swietlik
Additional Editors: David Zieff, Brian Funck
Contact: Luke Carron / Strategy PR / Luke.Carron@strategypr.net