Kirby Dick & Amy Ziering’s
both examine the rape culture and its deadly consequences
LOS ANGELES – MAY 22, 2017
The searing feature documentary “The Hunting Ground”, a 2016 Oscar-nominated film about campus rape, will screen on Saturday, June 3 at UCLA’s James Bridges Theatre as the ninth installment in Kat Kramer’s Films That Change the World series. The short film “Court of Conscience”, starring Jon Voight and the late Anton Yelchin, will also be shown during the evening, followed by a panel discussion led by Kramer with members of the cast and production team including “Court of Conscience” star Voight and writer-director James Haven as well as producers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering who helmed “The Hunting Ground”.
Katharine “Kat” Kramer, an actress and producer in her own right, created the ongoing series to showcase motion pictures that tackle important social issues. In so doing, she is following in the footsteps of her late father, the legendary producer/director Stanley Kramer, who was known for taking artistic and financial chances by making movies about controversial subjects including “Judgement at Nuremberg” and “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”.
THE HUNTING GROUND – a monumental exposé of rape culture on college campuses from Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering – two-time Emmy-award winning and two-time Academy Award-nominated documentary film directors — premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and was released by Radius/The Weinstein Company and CNN. In 2016 it was the recipient of the Producer’s Guild of America’s Stanley Kramer Award, shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song. Their previous film, THE INVISIBLE WAR, a groundbreaking investigation into the epidemic of rape within the US military, won two Emmy Awards for Best Documentary and Outstanding Investigative Journalism, the 2012 Independent Spirit Award 2012 for Best Documentary, a Peabody Award, and was nominated for an Academy Award.
COURT OF CONSCIENCE – is a dramatization of the concept developed by 17th-century European theology that held that one’s conscience would testify for or against one’s actions in life after death. Actor-writer James Haven made his directorial debut with this 20-minute cautionary tale.
Jon Voight and son James Haven
Raised in the entertainment business James Haven is no stranger to the impact films, tv, and media have on our world. As the world becomes more complicated there is one thing that is constant; whatever happens to us as children will affect us the rest of our lives. Period.
“Court of Conscience” tackles this concept head on. Starring Jon Voight and the late Anton Yelchin, this film empowers all of us who see an injustice to take it on. No matter how powerful someone is they must be held accountable.
Kramer, Founder of Kat Kramer’s Films That Change The World says, “I’m thrilled to be presenting the ninth installment of my international cinema series on the UCLA campus. My father Stanley Kramer donated his collection and archives to the UCLA School of Film and Television many years ago, and that started the special collections. There is also a special Fellowship in Directing scholarship under his name. In my own small way I am following in his footsteps by presenting and developing films that are socially-conscious.”
“And this “double feature” on June 3rd is open to students, film students and educators besides the media, actorvists, creatives in the entertainment industry, and is made accessible to the deaf and differently-abled. Hopefully, these films and our panel will open people’s eyes to the serious damaging repercussions of rape and abuse so prevalent in our society.”
The cinema series is FREE and by invitation only, but this one is open to students both high school and college students. Parking in Structure 3 on campus is $12.00.