The Producers Guild of America will honor The Hunting Ground with its 2016 Stanley Kramer Award, given annually to “a production, producer or other individual whose achievement or contribution illuminates and raises public awareness of important social issues.” The documentary feature about campus rape was directed by two-time Oscar nominee Kirby Dick and is shortlisted for an Academy Award nom.
“The Hunting Ground truly embodies the spirit, courage and intention of the award’s namesake,” Producers Guild Awards Co-Chairs Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd said in a statement. “This powerful documentary gives a voice to the victims of student sexual assault – a national problem too long clouded in secrecy and shielded from public attention. The visceral reaction this film evokes has mobilized audiences worldwide to take action, and has served as a focal point in campus discussions and in revising institutional policies. The Producers Guild is honored to recognize The Hunting Ground and its contribution towards greater awareness of this national problem.”
Produced by Amy Ziering, The Hunting Ground joins other Kramer Awards recipients including An Inconvenient Truth, Hotel Rwanda, Fruitvale Station and last year’s The Normal Heart. The honor will be presented January 23 at the 27th annual Producers Guild Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.