Apple announces a documentary film presented by Oprah Winfrey from Academy Award-nominated filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering
Apple, executive producer Oprah Winfrey, and Impact Partners today announced the Untitled Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering documentary film created by the celebrated Oscar-nominated filmmakers, set to premiere in 2020.
Produced and co-directed by Dick and Ziering, the documentary follows a brilliant former music executive who grapples with whether to go public with her story of assault and abuse by a notable figure in the music industry. The film is a profound examination of race, gender, class and intersectionality, and the toll assaults take on their victims and society at large.
The Untitled Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering documentary feature is produced by Dick and Ziering's Jane Doe Films ("The Hunting Ground," "The Invisible War"), with Winfrey, Terry Wood (Harpo Productions), Dan Cogan (Impact Partners), Regina K. Scully (Artemis Rising), Ian Darling (Shark Island), Abigail Disney (Level Forward) serving as executive producers. The creative team includes producers Jamie Rogers and Amy Herdy.
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Jane Doe Films
Jane Doe Films (fka Chain Camera Pictures) is a prestigious, award-winning production company, home to the most groundbreaking investigatory documentaries today, headed by Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering. Their film, "The Invisible War," broke the story of the epidemic of rape in the US military and led to five congressional hearings and the passing of 35 reforms through Congress. Their follow up film, "The Hunting Ground," about campus sexual assault, ignited a national discussion and led to policy changes at hundreds of schools. Their most recent film, "The Bleeding Edge," about the fast-growing medical device industry's corruption and malfeasance, has already compelled industry giant Bayer to remove one harmful device from the market, and is catalyzing a worldwide debate about regulation and patient safety.
Throughout their filmography, notable accolades they have amassed include: two Oscar nominations, two Emmy awards, an Independent Spirit Award, a Peabody, the Producer's Guild of America's Stanley Kramer Award, and the George Polk Award for Special Achievement in Investigative Journalism.
Other hailed productions from the filmmakers include the Oscar-nominated "Twist Of Faith," the story of a man confronting the trauma of his past sexual abuse by a Catholic priest; closeted anti-gay politician documentary "Outrage," nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism; "This Film Is Not Yet Rated," a breakthrough investigation of the MPAA's secretive film ratings system; and "Derrida," a complex portrait of the world-renowned French philosopher Jacques Derrida.
Impact Partners Impact Partners is dedicated to funding independent documentary storytelling that entertains audiences, engages with pressing social issues, and propels the art of cinema forward. Over the span of 12 years, Impact Partners has been involved in the financing of over 100 films, including: "Icarus," which won the 2018 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature; "Won't You Be My Neighbor?," which won the 2019 Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary; "Dina," which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and was named Best Feature by the International Documentary Association; "The Eagle Huntress," which was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Documentary; "The Cove," which won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature; "How To Survive A Plague," which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature; "The Queen Of Versailles," which won the US Directing Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival; and "Hell And Back Again," which won the Documentary Grand Jury Prize and Cinematography Award at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
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