ON THE RECORD Documentary


Screens as part of A Tribute to Kirby Dick

In association with AFI FEST’s tribute to Kirby Dick, we are very pleased to be able to present this free showing of ON THE RECORD, directed and produced by Dick and his longtime collaborator Amy Ziering. First reported by The New York Times, the documentary presents the haunting story of former A&R executive Drew Dixon, whose career and personal life were upended by the alleged abuse she faced from her high-profile, powerful male bosses. In the wake of #MeToo, Dixon grapples with her decision to become one of the first women of color to come forward publicly to accuse hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons of sexual misconduct. The film chronicles Dixon’s story, as well as those of other Simmons accusers, and delves into the ways Black women’s voices are all-too-often silenced and ignored when reporting these allegations.

Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering are two-time Emmy® Award–winning and two-time Academy Award®-nominated filmmakers behind many groundbreaking investigatory documentaries. Their Peabody Award-winning THE INVISIBLE WAR broke the story of the epidemic of rape in the U.S. military and led to five congressional hearings and the passing of 35 reforms through Congress. THE HUNTING GROUND, about sexual assault on college campuses, ignited a national discussion and led to policy changes at hundreds of schools. Most recently, THE BLEEDING EDGE, about the medical-device industry’s corruption and malfeasance, earned them a George Polk Award for Special Achievement in Investigative Journalism.


Country: USA

Year: 2020

Directors: Kirby Dick, Amy Ziering

Screenwriters: Kirby Dick, Amy Ziering, Sara Newens

Producers: Kirby Dick, Amy Ziering, Amy Herdy, Jamie Rogers

Executive Producers: John H. N. Fisher, Jennifer Caldwell, Robert Pasin, Muriel Quinn

Directors of Photography: Ava Berkofsky, Thaddeus Wadleigh

Music: Score by Terence Blanchard

Cast/Featuring: Drew Dixon, Sil Lai Abrams, Sheri Sher

Running Time (minutes): 95

Language: English