Filmmakers Say Movie Getting Made Because of Weinstein Allegations

'Like an invisible dam collapsed' for documentary about sexual abuse in Hollywood
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 24, 2017 7:20 PM CDT
Documentary on Sexual Abuse in Hollywood in the Works
In this 2013 file photo, Oscar nominees Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering pose for a portrait at the 2013 Oscar Nominee Luncheon in Los Angeles. Dick and Ziering have announced that they’re making a documentary about sexual abuse in Hollywood.   (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

Oscar-nominated filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering have announced that they're making a documentary about sexual abuse in Hollywood, the AP reports. The duo announced Monday that their film will illuminate the "behavior of predatory perpetrators such as Harvey Weinstein and others," and the culture that "enables and protects them." The filmmakers say they have been trying to make the movie for years but found few people willing to talk on the record or a distributor willing to release the film. But after the Weinstein allegations began pouring in, they said, "it's like an invisible dam collapsed." Dick directed the 2012 Oscar-nominated documentary The Invisible War, about rape in the US military, and 2014's The Hunting Ground, about sexual assault on college campuses. The latter was released by The Weinstein Co. (More sexual abuse stories.)

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