Screening, DVD release set for 'Land of Confusion'

An award-winning documentary written, directed and produced by two Penn State alumni is set for a free public screening in central Pennsylvania and its multi-national DVD release during a span of 16 days.

 “Land of Confusion,” a provocative account of an insider’s view to the Iraq War, makes its regional debut at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 9, in Huntingdon, Pa., with a screening at Neff Auditorium in the von Liebig Center for Science at Juniata College. On Tuesday, Feb. 24, the DVD will be released.

Jeremy Zerechak, who earned his film-video degree from the College of Communications in 2006, served as the writer and director for “Land of Confusion,” a documentary about his deployment to Iraq as a member of the Army National Guard. Fellow alum Corey Peterson, who earned his degree in film-video in 2001, served as the producer.

“I believe this is a significant event for the College of Communications featuring a full circle of networked Penn State alumni who are film professionals and who have had a great deal of accomplishments leading up to the making and marketing of ‘Land of Confusion,’ ” Zerechak said.

The DVD will include two short bonus features to accompany the documentary. The film’s distribution agreement includes U.S. and Canadian television broadcasts and multiple home video retailers throughout both countries, including Amazon.com, Netflix and iTunes.

The film was purchased by San Francisco-based Anywhere Road Entertainment, whose current vice president is Nate Peterson, a 2006 film-video graduate from Penn State. Although the decision to act on the film was ultimately up to the company’s presidents, Peterson, Corey’s brother, passed the film along to them to consider and has been handling all logistics of the distribution process.

“As Penn State alumni, proud of our history with the film program and the legacy of the University, we are happy to share with students our experiences in producing this project in a discussion of the independent film market,” Zerechak said. “Our experience has heeded exceptionally noteworthy results that we feel compelled to share with the College of Communications and its upcoming professionals.”

Zerechak joined the Army National Guard after high school to help offset college costs and pursue studies in film. When his unit was deployed to Iraq in 2004, he took his video equipment with him and began filming a documentary about his unit’s search for proof that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. The film reveals the extraordinary perspective of soldiers on the ground in Iraq and goes far beyond what the conventional mainstream media shows audiences about the war in Iraq.

During the film’s visits to festivals across the country, making stops in Philadelphia, Orlando, Atlanta, Pittsburgh and West Hollywood, among others, it was well received and earned special jury awards at the Florida International Film Festival and the Atlanta Film Festival. The 91-minute film also garnered a 4.5-star review from Orlando Weekly.
 

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Last Updated November 18, 2010