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SPOTLIGHT DOCUMENTARY

ROLL RED ROLL

Directed by Nancy Schwartzman
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 80 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE ROLL RED ROLL
Like many small towns across the country, Steubenville, nestled in a valley in eastern Ohio, lives and dies by its high school football team. So when a teenage girl was sexually assaulted at a pre-season football party in 2012, no one came forward with information. True-crime blogger Alex Goddard set out to uncover the truth, piecing together the details of the crime through cell phone footage and photos that made their way to YouTube, as well as a nearly minute-by-minute account of events on social media. In the process, she uncovered both the perpetrators and the entire culture of complicity that enabled them. The ensuing trial, which made national headlines, cut to the very heart of nationwide debates about rape culture.

Nancy Schwartzman’s trenchant and timely film unpacks the constellation of factors that lead to this crime and shaped its aftermath: peer pressure, “boys will be boys” and “she was asking for it” attitudes, denial, cover-ups, and prevarications—on the part of perpetrators, bystanders, and, ultimately, an entire community. Roll Red Roll demands a disturbing question: Was Steubenville an isolated incident, or could what happened there happen anywhere?

—Cara Cusumano
Documentary, Thriller, Female Director(s), First Time Filmmaker, Tribeca Film Institute Alumni
About the Director(s)
Nancy Schwartzman is a documentary filmmaker and award-winning technologist based in New York. Roll Red Roll is her debut feature film. Her short, xoxosms, was broadcast nationally on PBS’s POV in 2013, and her first film, The Line, screened as part of a White House initiative on sexuality.

Film Info
  • Section:
    Spotlight Documentary
  • Year:
    2018
  • Length:
    80 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
    USA
  • Premiere:
    World
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    Nancy Schwartzman
  • Producer:
    Nancy Schwartzman, Jessica Devaney, Steven Lake
  • Cinematographer:
    Matt Bockelman
  • Editor:
    Christopher White
  • Composer:
    Nima Fakhrara
  • Executive Producer:
    Barbara Dobkin, Patty Quillin, Chandra Jessee, Geralyn Dreyfous, Regina K. Scully, Maxyne Franklin
  • Associate Producer:
    Chachi Hauser
  • Co-Producer:
    Bari Pearlman
  • Add'l Editors:
    Erin Casper, Sarah Devorkin
  • Add'l Cinematography:
    David Holm
  • Co-Executive Producers:
    Abigail Disney, Gini Reticker

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