William and Mary film festival includes documentary on campus rape

Mike Holtzclaw
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– The eighth annual William and Mary Global Film Festival this weekend at The Kimball Theatre will feature a sneak preview of a documentary about campus sexual assault that drew much attention last month at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival.

"The Hunting Ground," the new film by documentarian Kirby Dick, focuses heavily on two students at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill who work to transform themselves from rape victims to campus activists. Those two students, Annie Clarke and Andrea Pino, will come to William and Mary to discuss the film with viewers and students on Sunday.

Dick earned an Academy Award nomination in 2013 for "The Invisible War," about sexual assaults in the U.S. military. He worked with producer Amy Ziering on both films, and The Hollywood Reporter described "The Hunting Ground" as "a shocking but ultimately galvanizing work of reportage that meets the same high standard of their previous collaboration."

The screening of "The Hunting Ground," at 6 p.m. Friday, will serve as the centerpiece of a festival that includes 11 features and more than 60 short films made by students.

Film schedule:

•Friday: 4 p.m. "Silence" (Ireland), 6 p.m. "The Hunting Ground" (United States), 9 p.m. "Shut Up, Little Man" (Australia), 11 p.m. entries in the William and Mary 24 Speed film competition

•Saturday: 11 a.m. "Moana With Sound," 1 and 2 p.m. short film showcases, 6 p.m. "Charlie's Country" (Australia), 8:30 p.m. "52 Tuesdays" (Australia)

•Sunday: 2:30 p.m. "An Eastern Westerner" and "Go West" (United States), 4 p.m. "Across the Sea"

Admission to screenings is $1-$5. The weekend will also feature several discussions, receptions and networking sessions.

For full information, go online to filmfestival.wm.edu.

Holtzclaw can be reached by phone at 757-928-6479.

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