‘The Phyrst 50’ to begin filming 8/5

Documentary Celebrating 50 Years of Iconic State College Bar to Begin Filming August 5 during The Phyrst Reunion Celebration

Cultural Impact of Popular Happy Valley Bar the Focus of the Film The Phyrst 50: A Bar in a College Town

STATE COLLEGE, PA — (NEWSWIRE)—Stories that highlight the special significance of The Phyrst will be preserved as filming begins for The Phyrst 50: A Bar in a College Town. The filming will coincide with the daylong 50 year reunion celebration taking place at The Phyrst on August 5. The production team of The Nittany Valley Society and BlueWhiteTV will capture the stories of the many patrons of the beloved bar as well as performances by the bands who will reunite for this special event.

“For those of us who love this place, there is nothing quite like coming home to Happy Valley,” said Chris Buchignani, president of The Nittany Valley Society. “The August 5th event will be a very special homecoming for so many people. Seizing the one-time opportunity to capture the energy and emotion of that experience is the perfect way for us to launch production.”

Community participation is critical for this project to be a success. Patrons of the bar are invited to share their own stories and photos for consideration for the film. Community members, local businesses, patrons of The Phyrst, and those who love Happy Valley are being called upon to help fund the film. The production team hopes that people will recognize the cultural significance of the bar and the importance of preserving history through film.

The team has launched a crowdfunding campaign with the goal of raising the $69,000 needed for production. Donors to the campaign will receive perks ranging from digital downloads of the film to tickets for the exclusive premier event that will take place at the State Theater on November 17, 2017.

“The most gratifying aspect of this project so far has been the outpouring of interest and support from the many people who hold The Phyrst close to their hearts,” said Buchignani. “The crowdfunding aspect is crucial not only because it helps us afford excellent production quality, but also in that it gives the people of our community and beyond a genuine ownership stake in this storytelling effort.”

Donations and story / photo submissions accepted at Phyrst50.com

Contact chris@nittanyvalley.org for corporate sponsorship opportunities.

Members of the media are invited to schedule interviews during the August 5 event. Contact Chris Buchignani at chris@nittanyvalley.org.


The Phyrst 50: A Bar in a College Town will capture the stories of the people who have helped the iconic local establishment persevere in Happy Valley for half a century. Principal filming is taking place this summer. The film will premiere at the State Theater on November 17, 2017.

The Nittany Valley Society is a non-profit cultural conservancy for the Central Pennsylvania community that houses Penn State University. It is dedicated to cultivating an appreciation, rooted in a distinct sense of place, for the history and traditions that define the Nittany Valley’s spirit.

BlueWhiteTV is a film production and media agency located in State College. Past projects include the EMMY-nominated film The Joe We Know and the nationally distributed film 365 Days: A Year in Happy Valley.

For background information, please see the July 5, 2017 project announcement at