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Loyalty and morality are questioned as we follow the struggles of Penn State students in wake of the child sexual abuse scandal. Read more

Ithaca, NY Documentary
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Loyalty and morality are questioned as we follow the struggles of Penn State students in wake of the child sexual abuse scandal.

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WE EITHER REACH OUR GOAL OR GET NOTHING!

UPDATE-- YOU DID IT!!!! NO ACT OF OURS IS SUCCESSFULLY FUNDED ON KICKSTARTER!!!  

***LET"S SET A NEW GOAL OF 17K TO COVER KICKSTARTER & AMAZON FEES!!***

We are so incredibly happy that funding is successful! Your donations, moral support and sharing the film's story with the world is what made this all possible! Thank you all so much for being with us on this journey with all it's ups and downs! 

We've raised almost 16K! This is truly amazing! We've been jumping up and down since last's night's wave of donations that brought us to 15K. OK, I'll be honest...We jumped up and down for hours and then feel to the floor in utter exhaustion from the last 15 days (and previous 45) of making this film happen!

We still have time on Kickstarter to keep going and that's just what we will do!! This is precious time in the campaign to raise more than our goal to cover even more expenses we know we'll have with the film! LET's GO FOR $17K to cover the 10% fee that Kickstarter and Amazon take!

All the money raised here will go toward buying some equipment, covering travel expenses, hiring a film crew for some upcoming shoots, building the website, and paying an editor to log and organize the over 90 hours we've shot already.

With all the new developments to the story this funding couldn't have come at a better time. There are so many interviews we need to conduct now with individuals related to the story and of course the Penn State students who we've been following since November. 

Yes you donated and/ or are considering donating in this final hour but funding this film isn't all you're getting. We'll be keeping in touch with our BACKERS with updates throughout the entire process!

What NO ACT OF OURS next steps are:

We need BACK-UP!
We need BACK-UP!
Awesome main page but we need a full site that will dazzle you!
Awesome main page but we need a full site that will dazzle you!
  • We're going to buy another 8TB hard drive to back up the 90+ hours of footage we have so far! This is our current storage set-up and it's a relief that with this money we can now sleep easier knowing that if one hard drive decides to meet an untimely death we won't lose everything.
  • We have a long list of interviews to conduct once the Freeh Report is released which we'll be sure to keep you updated with! We have about 3/4 months of shooting left and then it's onto putting this story together!!
  • We're hiring a design team to fully develop the website. Currently we just have a main page.
  • Hand over the footage we shot at the trial to our talented editor to starting cutting scenes together.
  • The director, Kelly Dolak is going to look for a producer and hopefully a bigger production company to work with so we can bring you the very best film and story!

We are eternally grateful for all your support and hope you will join us on the next leg of this journey!

Love and gratitude,

Kelly & the No Act of Ours Team

The Altoona Mirror ran a story about the film this week. They interviewed me about what the story's focus is and also interviewed a Penn State professor and PSU student that appears in the film. 

To me, what resonates most in the article and what I think captures the tone of this film is it's aim to draw out the hidden lessons that we can all learn from this situation.

We've included below a clip from Ryan and Kevin, two Penn State students who the film follows after a long, emotional day at the Sandusky trial.

-Many Thanks and Love,

Kelly & the No Act of Ours Team 

We've added two new clips below that were shot during the Sandusky Trial. The first one is an an interview with current PA Governor appointed Student trustee Peter Khoury who shares his take on the riots in November and the media coverage. The second clip is an interview with Megan Healey, reporter for ABC27 in Harrisburg who speaks with No Act of Ours about her personal experience in reporting on the Sandusky/ Penn State Scandal.

RECENT PRESS

 Altoona Mirror    ABC27      WJAC TV      statecollege.com    

The Daily Collegian   state college mom    Center County Gazette

The director, Kelly Dolak giving a live interview with truTV.
The director, Kelly Dolak giving a live interview with truTV.

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"The main narrative of crime and punishment is what the media has picked up on," he said. "What's left out is how this has been experienced by the tens of thousands of people who have been affected by it, but have had nothing to do with it." -- ERIC SILVER, Penn State professor of Sociology

**We've changed the BACKER REWARDS so please be sure to check them out! One is that we're offering a DVD of the film with your donation of $25!

WELCOME!

Hi there! This is Kelly Dolak the director of No Act Of Ours. Thanks so much for checking out the film! I'm excited to share this with you after spending the last seven months with the Penn State community and shooting as much as humanly possible to show you the vision for this project. 

Every cent of the money raised here on Kickstarter will go toward making this film happen! Movie-making is expensive and this $15K will be a tremendous, significant step in making this film happen, but it isn't the full budget. This is a big story, and an important one. This film needs the right budget to make it one we're all proud to be a part of!

The full budget is $260,000. The 15K + we raise here will pay for:

• A production team to film interviews that are integral to the story and to cover the trial of Curley & Schultz in September.

• Postproduction preparation and editing of the footage we shot at the Sandusky trial.

• Marketing the film to reach a wide audience.

As a Penn State alum it’s great being back in State College. It’s definitely not under the best circumstances but the friendships I’ve made with current students and the community working on this story have made a profound impact on me. This film is definitely not about taking sides but exploring the complexity of the situation and posing questions raised by students and the community.

PSU student, in November, pinning a blue ribbon on his friend in support of survivors of child sexual abuse.
PSU student, in November, pinning a blue ribbon on his friend in support of survivors of child sexual abuse.

STORY BACKGROUND

Jerry Sandusky, a former assistant football coach and founder of The Second Mile (an organization for kids in need), has been charged with 51 counts of child molestation and eight of the 10 victims were molested on Penn State property. University administrators were fired for failing to report the alleged abuses. Joe Paterno, the school’s father-figure and beloved head football coach for 46 seasons, was fired by the board of trustees as well and two months later he died. The university president stepped down. The investigation into Penn State is ongoing and Sandusky has been convicted and is serving life in prison. 

Ryan and Kevin from Onward State reporting at Sandusky trial.
Ryan and Kevin from Onward State reporting at Sandusky trial.

ABOUT THIS PROJECT

NO ACT OF OURS has filmed since the story broke in early November and follows several Penn State students and the community in their quest for truth and justice. The film includes interviews with numerous State College community members, including sports fans, Penn State faculty, politicians, lawyers, and abuse survivors. NO ACT OF OURS examines what it means to be part of the “Penn State family” and how that family, like any other, deals with a member committing horrendous criminal acts. 

This film makes the audience confront the question of what they would do if they witnessed or suspected someone close to them sexually abuse a child. Would they intervene? Why might they wait or simply not intervene at all? We discover that when loyalty is involved, doing the right thing is complicated. NO ACT OF OURS aims to hold a mirror up to a community reflecting their struggles with loyalty and feelings of betrayal. 

Ryan racing to get a tweet out during Sandusky trial recess.
Ryan racing to get a tweet out during Sandusky trial recess.

In nearly every interview, the question of loyalty emerges. What am I loyal to if the administration I looked up to didn’t fulfill their legal responsibility to report alleged child sexual abuse? Can I be a loyal Penn Stater while also being critical of how the situation was handled? Betrayal also emerges from alumni feeling angry at the university and board of trustees for firing Joe Paterno, for administrators not reporting the allegations to police, and not to mention, from the alleged victims being betrayed by Jerry Sandusky as they were showered with gifts only to be subjected to serial abuse. 

This scandal has drawn tremendous local and national media attention and is described as the biggest scandal in college football history. NO ACT OF OURS captures not just the facts of the case that the media has reported but takes the story further by immersing the viewer inside the community. This film demands that not just Penn State but the nation reflect on the pervasiveness of child sexual abuse in society. It takes a even closer look at why this crime is so underreported. 

‘Memorial for Joe’ being watched by hundreds in the HUB student center in January.
‘Memorial for Joe’ being watched by hundreds in the HUB student center in January.

JOINING THIS PROJECT MAKES A DIFFERENCE

I arrived at Penn State the day after Paterno and Spanier were let go so I’ve captured everything right from the beginning. I’ve shot more than 90 hours of footage so far and there is so much more to film. I’ve covered all the cost out of pocket (Well… mostly on credit cards) so far because I feel so passionately about this story and about the students featured in the film. However, I need your help to keep going.

You can help in many different ways. First, by donating to this Kickstarter campaign. Your contribution will ensure the film’s completion, and in thanking you for your generosity, the unique prizes we’re offering will be yours.

SHIPPING DOMESTIC + INTERNATIONAL IS INCLUDED FOR REWARDS.

There are other significant ways you can contribute!

Please help us reach as many people as possible. The more people who know about our project, the better our chances of raising the necessary funds and reaching our goal. You’ll be giving us valuable support if you can email your friends about the film, post a link to this page on Facebook, or spread the word via Twitter.

Candlelight vigil to honor victims of child sexual abuse.
Candlelight vigil to honor victims of child sexual abuse.

We want this film to make an impact and for the story to make a difference! We hope you will join us in making this community-funded film!

Melissa Fleischman, Social Media Producer, ready to enter courtroom to take copious notes.
Melissa Fleischman, Social Media Producer, ready to enter courtroom to take copious notes.

LEARN MORE

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at: noactofours@gmail.com. We would love to hear from you!

CLICK HERE TO FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK

AND PLEASE: EMAIL YOUR FRIENDS, POST A LINK ON FACEBOOK, OR TWEET ABOUT US! Anything you can do to help spread the word will be invaluable to this project and will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks again for all of your generosity!

Kelly & the No Act of Ours team

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