An Open Secret, Amy Berg’s controversial documentary about the sexual abuse of child actors in Hollywood, has finally landed a U.S. distribution deal. The film, which bowed in November at DOC NYC, has been picked up by Rocky Mountain Pictures for a 20-city U.S. theatrical release beginning June 5. Before that, though, it will be shown to overseas buyers May 19 at an invite-only screening at the Cannes film market.
“We’re pleased to bring An Open Secret to filmgoers across the U.S.,” said Rocky Mountain co-founder Randy Slaughter. “Since its festival premiere last fall, the public and the media have clamored for us to bring this film to theaters, and now we are answering their call.”
Child molestation in Hollywood is no secret, open or otherwise; it’s been well documented over the years, but it’s never been the subject of a documentary film. Berg’s docu, which presents the testimony of numerous former child stars including Corey Feldman and Todd Bridges, is controversial because one of its main accusers is Michael Eagan, who filed, and then voluntarily dismissed, a sex-abuse lawsuit against director Bryan Singer and two other longtime industry execs. The men he accused, in turn, accused him of trying to shake them down.
Egan plays a major role in the film, and Berg’s decision to leave him in is complicated by the fact that just last week he pleaded guilty to investment fraud in North Carolina and now faces up to five years in prison.
“I am pleased that An Open Secret will finally have an opportunity to screen for a larger audience,” Berg said. “It’s an important film about an extremely important issue.”