Director Kirby Dick, Drew Dixon and Director Amy Ziering attend the World Premiere of Saudi Runaway by Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering, an official selection of the World Documentary Competition at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. © 2020 Sundance Institute | photo by Becca Haydu.
Director Kirby Dick, Drew Dixon and Director Amy Ziering attend the World Premiere of Saudi Runaway by Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering, an official selection of the World Documentary Competition at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. © 2020 Sundance Institute | photo by Becca Haydu.

HBO Max has acquired U.S. rights to the documentary On The Record following the film’s premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and after Oprah Winfrey’s much public exit from the film.

Directed and produced by Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering (The Hunting Ground, The Invisible War), and first reported by The New York Times, On The Record presents the haunting story of music executive Drew Dixon (producer of hit records by Method Man and Mary J. Blige, Estelle and Kanye West, and Whitney Houston) as she grapples with her decision to become one of the first women of color, in the wake of #MeToo, to come forward and publicly accuse hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons of sexual misconduct. The film chronicles not only Dixon’s story, but that of several other accusers – Sil Lai Abrams, Sheri Hines, Jenny Lumet, Alexia Norton Jones – delving deeply into the ways women of colors’ voices are all too often silenced and ignored when reporting these crimes; as well as the various cultural forces that conspire to make them reluctant to do so.

“Kirby and I are so proud to be teaming with HBO Max to give this film the outstanding platform it deserves and can’t wait for the public to see and hear the voices of these courageous women,” said Ziering.

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