Kirby Dick will direct an untitled film about campus sex crime for RADiUS and CNN Films. Separately, Tribeca Film has picked up the documentary I Am Big Bird.

Dick and his producer Amy Ziering will follow several people struggling to deal with trauma.

The filmmakers collaborated on The Invisible War, which covered the issue of rape within the military, and will highlight similarities between the two environments.

“The statistics are staggering – our country has a moral obligation to address this issue,” said Dick. “We hope our film will provide a wake-up call to our nation to better protect our students.”

RADiUS will distribute the film theatrically and CNN/US has acquired the broadcast rights.

The film is expected to be ready in 2015 and will appear as a CNN Films broadcast for the network later in the year.

RADiUS co-presidents Tom Quinn and Jason Janego negotiated the co-production deal with Vinnie Malhotra and Stacey Wolf for CNN and Marc H Simon of Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard and Dan Cogan of Impact Partners on behalf of the filmmakers.

  • Tribeca Film has acquired US rights to Dave LaMattina and Chad Walker’s documentary I Am Big Bird, about Caroll Spinney and his work as the iconic children’s character. The film will open theatrically and on VOD in the first quarter of 2015 and is set to play DOC NYC in November. It premiered earlier this year at Hot Docs. Tribeca Film brokered the deal with Preferred Content.