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Giving a Voice to the Victims; RADiUS & CNN Films Support Kirby Dick’s Campus Sexual Assaults Doc

Housing current award season/hot button docu front-runners in The Great Invisible and CITIZENFOUR, Tom Quinn and Jason Janego’s RADiUS are already thinking ahead towards 2015 slate. Deadline reports that they have preemptively picked up Kirby Dick’s latest denunciatory documentary effort — one that holds certain parallels to his last alarmist item, The Invisible War. While they picked up theatrical and VOD market rights, CNN Films’ Vinnie Malhotra and Stacey Wolf continue padding their channel with docu programming. Recently profiled in the NYTimes article, the docu taps into the alarming lack of rigour found in college hierarchy – total failure to protect and support victims.

Gist: This follows the personal struggles of several people working to deal with their own trauma, including several survivors who come forward with their stories, to their families and school administrations.

Worth Noting: The Invisible War won the Indie Spirit and Sundance audience awards.

Do We Care?: In their three-decade partnership, our Jordan M. Smith underlined that The Invisible War was “quite possibly their (Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering) most imperatively urgent work yet“. Something tells me, this possible 2015 Sundance entry might belong to the same league.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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