‘On the Record’ filmmakers talk behind-the-scenes drama of their Russell Simmons documentary

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Drew Dixon is one of several women who says she was raped by Russell Simmons in the new documentary “On the Record.” Photo credit: HBO Max

Veteran documentary filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering lived the dream of having Oprah Winfrey sign on as executive producer of their film “On the Record,” which focuses on several women who say they were raped by music mogul Russell Simmons. 

But the dream turned dark just days before “On the Record” was set to premiere at Sundance. Oprah withdrew her support and Apple dropped its deal to release the movie. 

Dick and Ziering remember the shock of that setback and explain their decision to go to Sundance anyway. They say they still don’t know exactly why Oprah bailed on the film, which is now streaming on the newly launched HBO Max.



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