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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Kirby Dick’s Untitled Campus Assaults Project

The list of Kirby Dick signed films that have made it into the festival date back to 1997s’ Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist and since then the assembly line has churned out Chain Camera, Derrida, Twist of Faith, This Film Is Not Yet Rated, Outrage and most recently, The Invisible War. His latest, promises to be another distress call. Going by workshop titles of “The Campus Project” and “Campus Assaults”, this received coin and was part of the 2013 Sundance Documentary Film Grant and 2013 Catalyst Weekend. Three weeks back, and certainly in lieu of the upcoming festival, RADiUS and CNN Films teamed for a pick-up: a theatrical run in 2015, followed by broadcast on CNN.

Gist: Undergraduate assault survivors fight to pursue education and justice in this groundbreaking project that exposes the epidemic of rape on U.S. campuses, their institutional cover-ups, and the devastating toll they take on students and families.

Production Co./Producers: Kirby Dick, Amy Ziering.

Prediction: U.S. Documentary Competition.

U.S. Distributor: RADiUS. TBD (international)

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury 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 was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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