The Hollywood Reporter’s excellent series of roundtable discussions continues today with the full 58-minute documentary roundtable, which includes six heavyweight panelists: Michael Moore (“Where To Invade Next”), Alex Gibney (“Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief” and “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine”), Amy Berg (“Janis: Little Girl Blue” and “Prophet’s Prey”), Kirby Dick (“The Hunting Ground”), Liz Garbus (“What Happened, Miss Simone?”) and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi (“Meru”).
Tackling topics and figures as controversial as college rape, Warren Jeffs, Steve Jobs, Scientology and more, these documentarians have often risked their lives and reputations to bring the truth to the big screen.
“I hired a private detective; he was carrying a gun,” said Berg about “Prophet’s Prey” in one of the roundtable’s most revealing moments. “I mean, I didn’t know what I was going to get into. The minute we entered the premises, we were being followed by the God Squad. These guys in Suburbans, throwing water bottles at us and locking us into areas.”
This anecdote is just one of many great ones provided by the filmmakers during the lively hour-long discussion. Watch the roundtable in its entirety above, and head over to The Hollywood Reporter for more information.