Screening set for alumni's award-winning documentary

September 22, 2008

Two Penn State alumni plan to share their award-winning documentary and celebrate its national DVD release with a screening and related events Sunday, Oct. 26, at the State Theatre in State College.

Jeremy Zerechak, who earned his degree in film-video 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 film's producer.

The screening begins at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 and will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Zerechak and Peterson, followed immediately by a public reception at the theatre.

Tickets for the events cost $7, $5 for students and senior citizens, and may be purchased at www.thestatetheatre.org online.

"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 film's distribution is a multinational deal, which will includes U.S. and Canadian television broadcasts and multiple major home video retailers throughout both countries, including Amazon.com and Netflix.

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 since 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 would be happy to share with students our experiences in producing this project in a discussion of 'Land of Confusion' and 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."

"Land of Confusion" is a provocative and secretive account of an insider's view to the Iraq War. 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 brought 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.

"Nine out of 10 reviews were positive," Zerechak said. "Response has been good all the way around, and now more people will get to see it."

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