“Deliver Us from Evil” director Amy Berg shoots the camera on Wood’s story as a survivor and Manson accuser.
The virtual Sundance Film Festival runs for just eight days, and two world premiere documentaries have just been added to the list.
One is “The American Dream and Other Fairy Tales,” a documentary about the wealth system in the United States by directors Abigail E. Disney and Kathleen Hughes. The rest is “Phoenix is rising, “A new documentary from Oscar-nominated filmmaker Amy Berg (“Rescue Us From Evil”, “An Open Secret”) revolves around the actress Evan Rachel Wood and her story as a survivor and accuser Marilyn Manson, who she named as the person who allegedly abused her in February 2021.
In the film, the actress and activist uses her experience as a domestic violence survivor to pursue justice, heal wounds, and reclaim her story in a culture of blame. for women by instinct. The film details her journey as she first comes to terms with her notorious abuser.
Manson has denied all allegations, and following Wood’s testimony, among abuse allegations from other women, he was disqualified by his label, agent, manager and journalist cancel. (This, despite a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year this year for his contributions to Kanye West’s “DONDA.”
In one Interview with VarietyBerg said that Wood initially approached her in 2019 to work on what would become “Phoenix Rising.” While Berg was initially resistant to the idea of directing, the pandemic has forced her to rethink her decision.
“It’s not about Marilyn Manson, and his whole world,” Berg said of the film’s origins. “This is the story of Erin Brockovich. We’re really focused on telling a story of empowerment, something that will provide resources for women and men stuck in situations of abuse. And that’s what we were doing – until she decided to make his name public.”
Berg and Wood shot the film with “several survivors” of COVID with a small team. HBO has signed on to release the film in two parts later this year.
Wood first appeared as a rape and domestic violence victim in 2016. Since then, the actress has prioritized activities related to domestic abuse issues, including including the creation of the Phoenix Act in 2019 “extends the statute of limitations on domestic violence to five years from three.” The bill went into effect in January 2020, before Wood testifying before the California Senate and revealed her abuser tied and beat her “with a torture device called a purple wand”, adding, “For him it was a way for me to prove my loyalty . Extreme pain. It felt like I left my body and a part of me died that day.”
“Naming Manson clearly created more of a story for us. It became a two-part series in editorial bay,” Berg said.
Berg said the film is also about “how she was forced to grow up from a young age – like ‘Thirteen’, and those roles.”
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