Today (January 12), the Sundance Film Festival announced a new slate of films to premiere during its 2022 season. Among them is the first act of Phoenix Rising, a two-part documentary about the life and career of Evan Rachel Wood, that will also chronicle the abuse allegations she made against Marilyn Manson last year. According to a report by Variety, the film (directed by Oscar-nominated documentarian Amy Berg) has been in the making for over two years.
Following its Sundance premiere, both parts of the film will air on HBO “in the coming months,” as Variety points out (a release date was not revealed). According to a description on Sundance’s official website, the film “intimately charts [Wood’s] journey as she moves toward naming her infamous abuser for the first time.
Wood made abuse and grooming allegations against Manson early last year, both on social media and in a statement to Vanity Fair. The actor, who was briefly engaged to Manson in 2010, had spoken in the past about surviving domestic abuse, but did not name the alleged perpetrator at that time.
Since Wood came forward, a number of women have made abuse, sexual assault, and misconduct allegations against Manson, including Game of Thrones actor Esmé Bianco and a former assistant of Manson’s. Both women have filed lawsuits against the singer, and he is currently under investigation by the L.A.P.D. for domestic violence allegations. Manson has previously denied all of the aforementioned allegations.
Pitchfork has reached out to representatives for Evan Rachel Wood, Marilyn Manson, and the Sundance Film Festival for further information and comment.
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