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Amy Berg’s “An Open Secret” secures theatrical distribution

Berg's documentary investigation into sex abuse of minors in the entertainment industry will begin a 20-city theatrical run in June via Vesuvio Entertainment and Rocky Mountain Pictures. (Pictured: Amy Berg)
May 1, 2015

Amy Berg’s documentary An Open Secret will get a 20-city theatrical run in the United States beginning in June.

The film, which investigates the sexual abuse of child actors in Hollywood, will open in Denver and Seattle before going wider. Vesuvio Entertainment and Rocky Mountain Pictures are jointly distributing the film.

Ahead of the U.S. release, there will be an invitation-only screening for international buyers during the Cannes Film Festival on May 19.

An Open Secret world premiered at DOC NYC last November and features interviews with former child actors as well as advocates and journalists attempting to draw attention to child exploitation in the entertainment industry.

Former child actor Michael Egan, who made headlines last year when he filed and then withdrew a lawsuit against director Bryan Singer and three other industry execs, is also interviewed in the film.

An Open Secret was produced by Berg and Katelyn Howes. Gabe Hoffman and Matthew Valentinas served as exec producers.

This is the second documentary directed by Berg (pictured) to land a theatrical deal this week. On Wednesday (April 29), U.S. cable network Showtime announced plans to give Prophet’s Prey, about jailed polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs, a fall release through its newly launched Showtime Documentary Films banner.

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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