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October 10, 2013

Paterno documentary screenings set for Tom Ridge Center

ERIE — “The Joe We Know,” a feature documentary film about legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, airs Oct. 19 at 6:30 and and 9:30 p.m. at The Tom Ridge Environmental Center. An informal reception will take place between screenings.

Tickets are required to attend the event, with planners requesting a $20 donation. Each screening will be followed by a producer’s talk and audience question-and-answer period. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Former Nittany Lions players share their personal stories in the film, highlighting the inspiration of their mentor and coach. These men, who have gone on to become professional athletes, doctors, lawyers, teachers, engineers and more, credit Paterno and his ‘Grand Experiment’ football program for their professional and personal success.

Originally envisioned as a surprise 85th birthday gift for Paterno, the film was shot last year in 12 days in five cities — State College, Pittsburgh, New York, Philadelphia and Baltimore. Seventy athletes from six decades were interviewed. Paterno died three days after filming was complete, unaware of the film’s existence.

The movie’s writer, Letterman Dan Leri, a 1979 Penn State graduate reminds audiences, ”The film was never intended for public viewing. This was meant for coach — a simple gesture on behalf of former players to share our thoughts with him about how Penn State and The Grand Experiment impacted our lives.”

To reserve tickets, preview highlights of the film and learn more: Visit tjwkmovie.wordpress.com.

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