Mon. October 26, 2020 @ 18:00 PDT

Athlete A

Director(s):
Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk
Producer(s):
Serin Marshall, Julie Parker Benello and Jennifer Sey
Distributor:
Netflix

Synopsis

Athlete A is about the search for truth in one of the greatest scandals in the history of sports. The film follows a team of reporters investigating claims of abuse in USA Gymnastics. Brave survivors step up to expose Larry Nassar’s crimes and fight back against a system of oppression and cruelty.

Film on-demand for IDA members: 10/20/2020 - 10/26/2020

Digital conversation with Directors Jon Shenk and Bonni Cohen, moderated by Jazz Tangcay, Artisans Editor at Variety. Closed-captioned and ASL interpreted.


Event panelist bios

Bonni Cohen, Director

Bonni Cohen has produced and directed an array of award-winning films. Most recently, Bonni co-directed ATHLETE A with her film partner, Jon Shenk. ATHLETE A was selected for the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival. She co-directed AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER which was selected to be the opening night film of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, short-listed for the 2018 Oscars and nominated for a 2018 BAFTA for Best Documentary. In 2016, Bonni co-directed the Peabody Award-winning film AUDRIE & DAISY, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Her work as producer and director on THE RAPE OF EUROPA earned her a PGA and WGA nomination and was short-listed for the Oscars. Bonni also Executive Produced 3.5 MINUTES and ART and CRAFT, both films were selected for the Oscar shortlist in 2015. Together with Lisa Chanoff, Bonni is the co-founder of the Catapult Film Fund.

Jon Shenk, Director/Director of Photography

Jon Shenk has directed and photographed many award-winning films. ATHLETE A was selected for the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival and is a Netflix Original. Jon also co-directed and photographed AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER which was selected to be the opening night film of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, short-listed for the 2018 Oscars and nominated for a 2018 BAFTA for Best Documentary. In 2016 Jon co-directed and photographed the Peabody Award-winning film AUDRIE & DAISY, which premiered in competition at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and was picked up as a Netflix Original film. In 2011 Jon directed THE ISLAND PRESIDENT, winner of the 2011 TIFF’s People’s Choice Award and IDA’s Pare Lorentz Award. Jon was awarded the 2004 Independent Spirit Award for directing LOST BOYS OF SUDAN. Shenk was the DP for the 2008 Academy Award-winning SMILE PINKI, and he won an Emmy for BLAME SOMEBODY ELSE.