Author Archives: The Hunting Ground

Shoot the Messenger

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We were warned that our film about campus sexual assault would prompt a backlash, and as filmmakers who take on challenging subjects, we were ready. Even so, we’ve been shocked by some aggressive and deeply personal media attacks on the young women featured in our film. As noted in a ThinkProgress rebuke of those who […]

Survivor Victory: Erica Kinsman Wins Historic Settlement Against Florida State

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Today, Erica Kinsman settled her lawsuit against FSU for $950,000 and a five-year commitment to programs that promote sexual assault awareness, transparency and prevention. FSU must report on these efforts every year for the next five years. It’s the largest settlement of its kind in U.S. history. Erica’s allegation of sexual assault by Jameis Winston […]

Announcing Til It Happens To You: Sing for Survivors

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The Hunting Ground’s original theme song, “Til It Happens To You,” is a rare piece of popular music. It was created by two powerhouses in music industry: Diane Warren and Lady Gaga. It has climbed the charts. And it’s a song about surviving sexual assault. This month, “Til It Happens To You” was nominated for […]

Lady Gaga’s Oscar Nomination Propels Campus Rape Awareness

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This article by The Hunting Ground filmmakers, Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick, was published by The Huffington Post on January 15, 2016: We are thrilled that “Til It Happens To You,” The Hunting Ground‘s original song, has become the fifth song from a documentary ever to receive an Academy Award nomination. We are grateful to […]

How Harvard Law Professors Retaliated Against An Assault Survivor

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The following op-ed by The Hunting Ground Filmmakers, Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick, was published by the The Huffington Post on January 5th, 2016: We were warned. At a public discussion following the premiere of our film The Hunting Ground, which is about sexual assault on college campuses, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) predicted: “The power on that status-quo […]

A TimesTalks Conversation with The Hunting Ground Filmmakers, Lady Gaga & Diane Warren

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On December 10, Frank Bruni of the New York Times hosted a TimeTalks Conversation with the co-writers of “Til It Happens To You,” Lady Gaga and Diane Warren, and The Hunting Ground Filmmakers, Director Kirby Dick and Executive Producer Amy Ziering. The five guests discussed surviving sexual violence and the need to change our culture of […]

Watch this: Annie and Andrea

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Despite what others say about it, at its core our film is about the triumph of activism. It’s about men and women who—totally abandoned and at great personal risk—found a way to challenge the most powerful institutions and confront years of misogyny and mistreatment of sexual assault victims. These women, men and allies have come […]

Fact check: The Hunting Ground and Wikipedia

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On 11/19, opinion columnist Ashe Schow claimed that a member of our crew was “caught” editing Wikipedia to “make facts conform to the film.” In fact, our colleague was working, with full disclosure and in accordance with Wikipedia policy, to correct errors in Wikipedia articles and to expand articles in reference to high quality source […]

A Turning Point

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On Sunday CNN broadcast The Hunting Ground into millions of homes and the response has been profound. Despite the best efforts of trolls and rape deniers on social media and in print to hijack the conversation, despite the pleas of FSU President John Thrasher for the public to tune out, despite legal threats from star […]