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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
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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