Now that movie mogul Harvey Weinstein’s “open secret” has been laid bare before the judging eyes of the American public, attention has shifted back onto another Hollywood “open secret” that has yet to have its day of reckoning: the nefarious pedophile ring that has allegedly operated within the entertainment industry since the early 1980s.
In 2014, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Amy Berg brilliantly explored the horrific underbelly of Hollywood that preys upon innocent children. Despite rave reviews, her documentary “An Open Secret” mysteriously never garnered distribution and was universally rejected from the film festival circuit.
For the past three years, the film has since survived on the internet and earned a steady stream of viewers. However, amidst the Harvey Weinstein scandal, and a renewed interest in Corey Feldman’s claims that he was a victim of the alleged pedophile ring, a resumed interest has circled back onto the documentary, giving it new life.
To honor the victims of these horrific crimes, the film’s producer Gabe Hoffman has made the film available entirely for free on VIMEO.
“It’s so funny to keep seeing headlines about how Harvey’s abuse was ‘an open secret’ in Hollywood, and that’s the name of our film,” Hoffman told The Hollywood Reporter.
“We haven’t got any offers from major distributors yet because Hollywood doesn’t want to expose its dirty laundry, so we’ve been sitting on this for a while. Now, we want to celebrate the brave women who have exposed Harvey,” he said.
“Harvey Weinstein, by the way, is not the only one who has used confidentiality settlements. That’s why more of Hollywood’s behavior hasn’t been exposed. This is the tip of the iceberg.”
The film details nefarious happenings within the Digital Entertainment Network (DEN), an early-2000’s experiment in internet entertainment. Among DEN’s investors were the likes of Dreamworks co-founder David Geffen and “X-Men” director Bryan Singer, whose alleged sexual misconduct has been discussed several times on this site in the past few weeks.
As noted by THR, “DEN was a producer of five-minute videos for web consumption, but it’s best remembered today for hosting wild parties with drugs, alcohol and underage boys at the former residence of founder, Marc Collins-Rector, now a registered sex offender.”
The documentary also profiles talent manager Marty Weiss, who went on to plead no contest to lewd acts on a child, and Bob Villard, who previously represented Leonardo DiCaprio and also pleaded no contest to lewd acts with a child. Corey Feldman has named Marty Weiss as being among his abusers.