In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal breaking open last year, one lingering question was why rumors surrounding the conduct of the movie producer — said to have been circulating in the industry for some time before last October, when the story broke — were not addressed in the 2010 documentary Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project, directed by Barry Avrich (pictured), a filmmaker known especially for his exposés.
Now, with many in the industry coming forward — on the record — with allegations of sexual misconduct regarding Weinstein and other prominent Hollywood figures, Avrich approaches the subject matter again in a follow-up documentary, The Reckoning: Hollywood’s Worst Kept Secret, which has gained U.S. distribution through global indie Vertical Entertainment.
The Santa Monica-headquartered distributor has acquired the U.S. rights after the film’s world premiere at the Hot Docs International Documentary Festival in April.
The film goes deeper into the Weinstein story with on-camera interviews with alleged victims and whistleblowers and, as described, “broadens the systemic scale of abuse to the ensuing harassment scandals in the #MeToo era.”
“The Reckoning is a powerful and timely account of widespread harassment in the film industry and a stark reminder that there is much work to be done in confronting the systems of power that got us here,” said Rich Goldberg, co-president of Vertical Entertainment, in a statement.
The deal was negotiated by Rich Goldberg and Josh Spector at Vertical and Paradigm. Produced and directed by Avrich under his Melbar Entertainment Group shingle, it was exec produced by Patrice Theroux, and coproduced by Melissa Hood.
(From Playback Daily. With files by Barry Walsh.)