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Exclusive: Kirby Dick’s campus assault doc set for Sundance

The Sundance Film Festival will next month host the world premiere of a major documentary on campus sex crimes, directed by The Invisible War helmer Kirby Dick (pictured) and backed by CNN Films and U.S. distributor RADiUS, realscreen has learned.
December 3, 2014

The Sundance Film Festival will next month host the world premiere of a major documentary on campus sex crimes, directed by The Invisible War helmer Kirby Dick (pictured) and backed by CNN Films and U.S. distributor RADiUS, realscreen has learned.

As previously reported, the as-yet-untitled doc – which has a working title of Campus Assaults – focuses on the stories of individuals at U.S. universities who are working through trauma from campus violence and will come forward to their families and school administrators. Realscreen understands that some of the doc’s subjects attend Ivy League universities.

Realscreen also understands that Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, Brett Morgen’s documentary on the titular late Nirvana frontman (pictured below), will also have its world premiere at Sundance 2015.

Multiple sources with ties to both films told realscreen of the films’ acceptance into Sundance. A spokesperson for the festival declined to comment.

Kurt Cobain. Photo: Official Nirvana Facebook page.Dick’s documentary will also compare the experiences of sex crimes in post-secondary institutions with similar violence in the U.S. Military. Amy Ziering, a producer on The Invisible War, is also producing this film.

RADiUS is to release the film theatrically later in 2015, and CNN Films has picked up the broadcast rights with an air-date also set for late next year.

The Cobain film, meanwhile, is being coproduced by HBO and Universal, and will debut on HBO in the U.S. later in 2015.

While there have been numerous unauthorized Cobain docs in the past – including Nick Broomfield’s 1998 effort Kurt & Courtney and AJ Schnack’s 2006 film Kurt Cobain: About a Son - this is the first to be billed as a “fully-authorized” feature.

Morgen (Crossfire Hurricane, The Kid Stays in the Picture) is writing, directing and producing the film, while Cobain’s daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, is on board as exec producer.

  • By Manori Ravindran and Adam Benzine
  • The 2015 Sundance Film Festival takes place from January 22 to February 1
About The Author
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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