PBS’s long-running documentary strand ‘POV’ has acquired the U.S. broadcast rights to Nancy Schwartzman’s feature-length film Roll Red Roll, which will kick off the strand’s 32nd season.
The 80-minute film (pictured), which world premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival, explores the case in Steubenville, Ohio, where multiple members of a high school football team sexually assaulted a teenage girl. The film unveils the motives of both the perpetrators and bystanders in this story, revealing their toxic “boys-will-be-boys” attitudes and the role adults played in suppressing the story.
“Nancy’s film will rattle you to the core,” said Justine Nagan, executive producer/executive director of POV/American Documentar, in a statement. “As women and young girls across the country come forward to hold their abusers to account, this film reveals how bystanders— especially adults tasked with our children’s well being—can perpetuate violence against women simply by looking the other way. This story is an important lesson on the power of bystander intervention.”
The Roll Red Roll deal was negotiated by Nagan and Chris White on behalf of ‘POV’, with support from Aaron Goldberg of Holland & Knight LLP, and Cinetic Media on behalf of Roll Red Roll.
In addition to Roll Red Roll, ‘POV’ announced further documentary titles that will make up its 2019 slate, including the Academy Award-shortlisted On Her Shoulders from filmmaker Alexandria Bombach, The Silence of Others from directors Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar, and The Gospel of Eurekaby Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher.
POV’s 32nd season begins with Roll Red Roll on June 17 on PBS television, PBS Passport as well as pov.org and amdoc.org.