Oscar-nominated filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering announced on Monday that their next documentary will tackle systemic sexual abuse in Hollywood, continuing their look into sexual abuse that began with their 2015 film, “The Hunting Ground.”
“Documentaries, more than any other medium, bring an intensely moving investigative lens to controversial subject matter,” said Kirby Dick. “What our film will capture, especially at this pivotal turning point in Hollywood history, is the underlying current of abuse and manipulation at the hands of power. Our film will also underscore the courage it takes to come forward and be a catalyst for change.”
Ziering says the idea for the documentary came long before the extent of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct came to light, as people in Hollywood who saw “The Hunting Ground” came to them telling of their own stories of abuse.
“We began working on this project and immediately found ourselves grappling with the same forces that had kept this story silenced for so long. Everyone was frightened about what would happen to their careers, and worried about whether they would be sued,” she said. “Distributors were unwilling to fund or release the film, and few people were willing to talk on the record. Then the Weinstein stories broke, and it’s like an invisible dam collapsed. People at long last are speaking out in large numbers, and we feel this industry, and the country, is finally ready for an unflinching film about the reality of sexual assault and harassment in Hollywood.”
Impact Partners is financing the film, with a release date to be announced.