“365 Days: A Year in Happy Valley” and “A New York Heartbeat,” movies with strong Pittsburgh connections, are now available to watch at home in a variety of ways.
“365 Days,” made by a team emphasizing “After everyone else left, we stayed,” is now available via iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Vudu and other video-on-demand avenues.
You can also purchase a copy with a credit card or through PayPal at http://365daysthefilm.com/ for $19.95. And moviegoers can request a screening through the “Theatrical on Demand” program of Gathr Films. Those showings happen only if a minimum number of people reserve tickets before a screening request expires.
“365 Days,” which had its world premiere in State College Dec. 27 and was shown a few days later at the Oaks Theater in Oakmont, chronicles the period starting with the 2012 football season and focuses on the impact of the Jerry Sandusky scandal across State College.
That scandal led to the departure of legendary football coach Joe Paterno, university president Graham Spanier and others in November 2011. Paterno died in January 2012 at age 85 of complications from lung cancer.
“365 Days” is directed by Erik Proulx, who made the shorts “Lemonade” and “Lemonade: Detroit,” and produced by Eric Porterfield who also worked on “The Joe We Know,” in which 70 lettermen from five decades talked about what impact the “grand experiment” had on their lives and family members.
“365 Days” interviews, among others, sportscaster Bob Costas, Spanier, students, business people, professors and Penn State alumni.
“A New York Heartbeat,” set in 1959 Brooklyn but filmed in Pittsburgh, just went on sale at Wal-Mart stores and online (Amazon, Wal-Mart.com, VUDU, Xbox and others), its makers report.
The indie is an old-fashioned crime/love story following the travails of a charismatic 17-year-old who gets in over his head when he and his pals discover the gambling nest of a gangster (Eric Roberts).
The Post-Gazette’s Tony Norman gave it 3.5 stars when he reviewed it in July 2013. Tjardus Greidanus directed it from his own script and story.
Price varies from site to site. Amazon is selling the DVD for $6.99 and charging $3.99 to rent via VOD or $14.99 to buy. Wal-Mart has it for $6.99.
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