'Hunting Ground' Filmmakers Tackling Hollywood Sexual Assault Documentary
'The Hunting Ground' was distributed by The Weinstein Co.
Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering, whose last documentary The Hunting Ground focused on sexual assault on college campuses, on Monday announced their next film, another as-yet untitled sexual assault documentary.
Predators in Hollywood, many described as being similar to Harvey Weinstein, will be the focus of the new doc, which will examine abuse and cover-ups within the entertainment industry.
"Documentaries, more than any other medium, bring an intensely moving investigative lens to controversial subject matter," said Dick in a statement. "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 said that they have been developing the doc for some time but had trouble securing distributors or financiers that feared retaliation. "Then the Weinstein stories broke, and it's like an invisible dam collapsed," said the filmmaker. The feature is now being financed by Impact Partners.
The Weinstein Co.'s Radius division distributed 2015's The Hunting Ground. In a recent guest column for The Hollywood Reporter, the filmmakers called for Weinstein's expulsion from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The film mogul was expelled two days later.