Weinstein Company boutique arm RADiUS and CNN Films have partnered on a yet-to-be-titled documentary on campus sex crime, to be directed by Kirby Dick and produced by Amy Ziering. The filmmaking team paired previously on 2012 Best Documentary nominee “The Invisible War,” a bracing investigation of rape within the US military.
Here’s the synopsis:
The untitled feature will follow the personal struggles of several people working to deal with their own trauma. Several survivors will come forward with their stories to their families and school administrations in the film. The filmmakers also point out the institutional similarities between this type of enabling environment, where reporting of assault is often discouraged, with that of the U.S. Military, which has struggled with its own crisis in sexual assaults. With the rising outrage in the wake of recent nationally publicized scandals associated with college and professional athletes accused of violent and sexual crimes, the filmmakers describe a near ‘tipping point’ in the way that such events are viewed.
RADiUS (which recently opened “CITIZENFOUR” to success) will distribute theatrically while CNN (“Life Itself,” “Ivory Tower”) is handling broadcast rights. Expect the film in 2015.
The co-production deal between RADiUS and CNN Films was negotiated by RADiUS co-presidents Tom Quinn and Jason Janego alongside Vinnie Malhotra and Stacey Wolf for CNN, and Marc H. Simon of Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard LLP and Dan Cogan of Impact Partners on behalf of the filmmakers.