CNN Films and U.S. distributor RADiUS are teaming up to acquire and support the as-yet-untitled film about campus sex crimes that is being made by The Invisible War director Kirby Dick (pictured) and producer Amy Ziering.
RADiUS will distribute the film theatrically in 2015, while CNN has picked up broadcast rights, with an air-date set for late next year.
The film will focus on the stories of individuals who are working through trauma as a result of campus violence, and will also feature survivors who will come forward to their families and school administrations. In addition, Dick and Ziering will examine the institutional similarities between the rape culture of some college campuses with the U.S. Military, which also has a history of sexual assaults.
“The statistics are staggering – our country has a moral obligation to address this issue,” said Dick in a statement. “We hope our film will provide a wake-up call to our nation to better protect our students.”
Vinnie Malhotra, senior VP of development and acquisitions for CNN Worldwide, added: “This type of important but sensitive material requires skilled handling by exceptional filmmakers. Kirby and Amy are the perfect team to take on this challenge, as a natural follow-up to their Academy Award-nominated and critically-acclaimed film The Invisible War.”
The deal was negotiated by RADiUS co-presidents Tom Quinn and Jason Janego, with CNN’s Malhotra and Stacey Wolf, Marc H. Simon of Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard, and Dan Cogan of Impact Partners on behalf of the filmmakers.