Kirby Dick’s ‘The Hunting Ground’ Wins Producers Guild’s Stanley Kramer Award

The Producers Guild of America has selected Kirby Dick’s documentary “The Hunting Ground” as the winner of its 2016 Stanley Kramer Award.

The film, which explores sexual assault on college campuses, is produced by Amy Ziering and written and directed by Dick. The award will be presented at the 27th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Jan.  23 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

The Hunting Ground” was released by Radius-TWC and grossed $391,507 after it premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The documentary focuses on two former University of North Carolina students who alleged they were raped while enrolled in school and led a campaign to file a Title IX complaint against the university.

The Stanley Kramer Award was established in 2002 to honor a production, producer or other individual whose achievement or contribution illuminates and raises public awareness of important social issues. The award is determined by a seven-person committee appointed by the PGA’s Board of Directors, and operates independently of the Producers Guild Awards committee and the PGA staff.

“The Hunting Ground” is one of the five nominees up for the PGA’s documentary award.

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“This year’s recipient of the Stanley Kramer Award, ‘The Hunting Ground,’ truly embodies the spirit, courage and intention of the award’s namesake,” said Producers Guild Awards Co-Chairs Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd. “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.”

Previous recipients of the Kramer award include “An Inconvenient Truth,” “Hotel Rwanda,” “In America,” “Antwone Fisher,” “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” “Precious,” “Fruitvale Station” and “The Normal Heart.”

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