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April 5, 2013
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Film director schedules SRU visit

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -Academy and Emmy award-nominated director Kirby Dick will visit the Slippery Rock University campus April 8 to screen, then discuss, his film "The Invisible War," a documentary detailing the epidemic of rape in the U.S. military.

The film was nominated for a 2012 Academy Award and won the Audience Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

DICKThe documentary will be presented at 7 p.m., in the Smith Student Center. The SRU Women's Center is sponsoring the film and Dick's visit.

The film is described as a "groundbreaking investigation into one of America's most disturbing secrets: the epidemic of rape within the US military. Focusing on the powerful stories of several young veterans, the film is a moving examination of the staggering personal and societal costs of these assaults."

"Meticulously researched, the film reveals that hundreds of thousands of service members have been assaulted over the past several decades, with nearly half of those assaulted being male. Combining interviews with high-ranking military officials and members of Congress with the devastating testimony of veterans, the film catalogues the conditions that have protected perpetrators and allowed this epidemic to continue."

The film urges "civilian and military alike, to fight for a system that protects our men and women in uniform."

Dick is known for zeroing in on painful stories.

"The Invisible War" was made in collaboration with Amy Ziering, who served as producer. The film recounts the 1991 Tailhook Association meetings, the 1996 Aberdeen Proving Ground incidents and the 2003 scandal at the Air Force Academy.

They show that while these incidents, and others have been publicized, little has changed within the military.

Dick's recent films include "Outrage," which was nominated for an Emmy and released by Magnolia Pictures. It is an indictment of the hypocrisy of powerful, closeted politicians and the political and media institutions that protect them. In 2006, he directed "This Film is Not Yet Rated," released by IFC Films, as a breakthrough investigation of the highly secretive Motion Picture Association of America film ratings system. The film was credited for changes in the way MPAA rates films.

He also directed "Twist of Faith," a powerful story of a man confronting the trauma of his past sexual abuse by a Catholic priest. Produced for HBO, the film received a 2004 Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature. He directed "Derrida," a portrait of the world-renowned French philosopher Jacques Derrida, which won the Golden Gate Award at the San Francisco Film Festival, and the acclaimed "Sick: The Life & Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist," which won the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and the Grand Prize at the Los Angeles Film Festival.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.