Roll Red Roll

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USA | 2018 | 80 minutes | Nancy Schwartzman

In this infuriating but necessary documentary, a girl is raped by high-school football players—a crime discovered when they boast about it via texts and Twitter—and the town closes ranks to protect… yep, the players.

"The much-reported 2012 case of sexual assault in Steubenville, Ohio gets re-examined in a tough yet vital new film."—The Guardian

A crime has just taken place at a pre-season football party in Steubenville, Ohio: the assault of a teenage girl by members of the beloved high-school football team. The community was tight-lipped and the crime covered up. But when local crime blogger Alexandria Goddard began to sift through the social-media profiles of those who attended the party, she uncovered mountains of evidence provoking the most powerful questions about the case, and about the collusion of teen bystanders, teachers, parents, and coaches to protect the assailants and discredit the victim. What transpired would become national news and result in the sentencing of two key offenders, changing the small town forever. Unfolding like a thriller, Roll Red Roll goes behind the headlines and unpacks the factors that led to this attack and shaped its aftermath—from peer pressure and victim-blaming to widespread cover-ups by members of the community and the deeply ingrained rape culture at the heart of the incident. This infuriating but necessary true-crime account acts as a cautionary tale about what can happen when teenage social-media bullying runs rampant and adults look the other way, ultimately asking: "Why didn't anyone stop it?"

Director Biography
Nancy Schwartzman is a documentary film director, producer, and media strategist who uses storytelling and technology to create safer communities for women and girls. As an impact producer, she crafted the #NotInvisible campaign for the Academy Award®-nominated The Invisible War to shatter the military's culture of silence around sexual assault. She also partnered with the Model Alliance for "Girl Model" to get child labor protections for girls in the modeling industry in New York State. A globally recognized human rights activist, her work focuses on creating impact around the prevention and transformation of gender-based violence. She also created the White House Award-winning mobile app "Circle of 6," designed to reduce sexual violence and is used by over 350,000 people in 36 countries.

  • Director: Nancy Schwartzman
  • Principal Cast: Alexandria Goddard, Rachel Dissell
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2018
  • Running Time: 80 minutes
  • Producer: Steven Lake
  • Screenplay: Nancy Schwartzman
  • Cinematographers: Matt Bockelman
  • Editors: Christopher White
  • Music: Nima Fakhara
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Picture Motion
  • International Sales: David Magdael & Associates