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An Open Secret (2014 Documentary)

Discussion in 'Entertainment Forum' started by suicidesaints, Nov 13, 2017.

  1. suicidesaints

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    I guess Hollywood did a good job of keeping this film hidden for the last 3 years, but with all the allegations coming out, this film was mentioned...

  2. Joel

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    Deliver Us from Evil was incredible, will definitely be watching this
  3. Henry

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    The wikipedia notes, for context:

    An Open Secret is an American documentary film directed by Amy J. Berg exposing child sexual abuse in the film industry in California. The film features interviews with victimized performers, who were targeted when they were young boys, as well as industry figures, the predators themselves, and journalists.

    Berg decided to make the documentary after she was approached by Matthew Valentinas in 2011. Valentinas and Gabe Hoffman wanted to make a film about victims of sexual exploitation. Valentinas said, "We chose Amy because we didn't want it to be exploitative or tabloid. We wanted it to be empowering for the victims." Berg's 2006 film Deliver Us From Evil, a documentary on systemic child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, had been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

    The documentary follows the stories of five former child actors who were sexually abused by multiple predators. Much of the film focuses on Marc Collins-Rector, subsequently convicted of child sexual abuse, who co-owned and operated Digital Entertainment Network. DEN produced brief online videos during the early days of the Internet, and was noted for wild parties featuring underaged boys at Collins-Rector's house. The parties are described in the film by participants.

    The film makes multiple references to director Bryan Singer, who was alleged to be at some of the DEN parties, but does not detail allegations against him. A lawsuit alleging that Singer sexually abused an underage boy was withdrawn during the production of the film. The film details only allegations made by persons willing to appear on camera.

    Among the persons interviewed is Vanity Fair journalist John Connolly, who states that an article on pedophilia in Hollywood was dropped at the last minute by Details magazine.

    An Open Secret initially had a limited theatrical release, but producers were encouraged about its commercial potential because a pirated version was viewed 900,000 times. However, it received no television deal or video-on-demand distribution. According to Gabe Hoffman who financed the film: "We got zero Hollywood offers to distribute the film. Not even one. Literally no offers for any price whatsoever." On 12 October 2017, Hoffman and Valentinas released the film for nine days on Vimeo "to commemorate serial predator Harvey Weinstein finally being exposed." It went viral, and free viewing was then extended for a longer period due to the interest shown in the film, with over 3 million viewings garnered on various social media platforms in the first two weeks.

    At the time of its Vimeo release, the producers said they were seeking further distribution of the documentary. It has not been released to home video.
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  4. Henry

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    And the whole thing is free on Vimeo.

  5. suicidesaints

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  6. OhTheWater

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    Was interested in this when it was announced but couldn't find it anywhere. Thank you
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