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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
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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