STATE COLLEGE - An independent film group has launched a campaign entitled, "Joe's Bench," a project that is set to honor the life and legacy of Joe Paterno with a bronze sculpture tribute.
For the project, the group has hired world-renowned sculptor Zenos Frudakis, who will construct the statue.
In conjunction with efforts for Joe's Bench, The Porterfield Group has started filming "The People's Joe," another project to honor Joe.
The film will be largely anecdotal, as the producers will shoot at various locations and film interviews of those who knew Joe personally.
Interns and producers at the film company are raising support for the project by advertising on sites such as Facebook and Twitter, as well as the crowd funding sites kickstarter.com and indiegogo.com.
The group also has two websites, peoplesjoe.com and joesbench.com, both of which have been set up to collect personal stories from friends and acquaintances and further promote the film and bench projects.
Penn State University alumna Kim Intorre and former president of the Penn State Football Letterman's club Ted Sebastianelli are spearheading the campaign along with the film company, The Porterfield Group.
Paterno will be depicted sitting on a bench reading a copy of the Aeneid, the book that he translated from Latin to English during his high school years.
The pose will mimic a photo taken of Joe sitting on a bench in front of the Hetzel-Union Building eating ice cream some years ago. Currently, locations for Joe's Bench are still being discussed, but it is certain that the sculpture will be placed at one of several locations in the downtown State College area.