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Happy Valley / opens Jan 16

January 16, 2015 - January 26, 2015

Jan 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25

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Nestled in the idyllic area known as Happy Valley lies the town of State College and the home of Penn State University. For over 40 years, Joe Paterno was the celebrated head coach of the school’s storied football team. Lauded not only for his program’s success on the field, but also for students’ achievements in the classroom, Paterno was a revered figure in a town where team loyalty approached nationalistic fervor. Then in November 2011 everything changed. Directed by Amir Bar-Lev, whose other documentaries include The Tillman Story and My Kid Could Paint That. (98 min)

Happy Valley will divide audiences and create heated discussions. However, there’s one point that won’t be CONTROVERSIAL: It’s one of the best documentaries of the year. The Playlist

The people on screen in “Happy Valley,” Amir Bar-Lev’s POWERFUL new documentary, frequently describe Penn State football as a religion. This is almost not a metaphor. Mr. Bar-Lev’s interview subjects sometimes describe Paterno as a god or a saint. A.O. Scott, The New York Times

MESMERIZING. Happy Valley is a devastating portrait of a community—and, by extension, a nation—put under a spell, even reduced to grateful infantilism, by the game of football. The New Yorker




Ryder Films are screened at several venues, each with its own peculiar charms, and you can read about them here.

Fri, Jan 9
Force Majeure 7pm @ Fine Arts
Viva La Liberta 7:45 at IU Woodburn

Sat, Jan 10
Force Majeure 4pm and 7pm @ Fine Arts
Viva La Liberta 3pm, 5pm and 7:45 @ IU Woodburn

Sun, Jan 11
Force Majeure 4pm & 6:15 @ IU Fine Arts
Viva La Liberta 5pm @ IU Woodburn

Monday, Jan 12
Force Majeure 7pm @ Bear’s Place

Fri, Jan 16
Happy Valley 6:45 @ @ IU Fine Arts
Force Majeure 7:30 @ IU Woodburn
Viva La Liberta 8:30 @ IU Fine Arts

Sat, Jan 17
Happy Valley 3pm, 5pm & 6:45 @ IU Fine Arts
Viva La Liberta 4pm @ IU Woodburn
Force Majeure 6pm @ IU Woodburn

Sun, Jan 18
Happy Valley 3pm, 5pm @ IU Fine Arts
Viva La Liberta 3:30 @ IU Woodburn
Force Majeure 5:30 @ IU Woodburn

Monday, Jan 19
Happy Valley 7pm @ Bear’s Place


January 16, 2015
January 26, 2015
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