Roll Red Roll

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In small-town Ohio, at a pre-season football party, a horrible incident took place. What transpired would garner national attention and result in the sentencing of two key offenders. As amateur crime blogger Alex Goddard uncovers disturbing evidence on Facebook, Youtube, and Twitter, documenting the assault of a teenage girl by members of the beloved high school football team, questions linger around the collusion of teen and adult bystanders. ROLL RED ROLL explores the complex motivations of both perpetrators and bystanders in this story, to unearth the attitudes at the core of their behavior. The Steubenville story acts as a cautionary tale of what can happen when adults look the other way and deny that rape culture exists. With unprecedented access to police documents, exhibits and evidence, the documentary feature unflinchingly asks: "why didn't anyone stop it?"

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  • Schwartzman's careful narrative derives its power not just from the archived depravity that gave prosecutors plenty of evidence... but the troubling inquiry - with no simple answers - at the heart of the case.

    Apr 3, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Some of the most disturbing material in "Roll Red Roll" comes via audio from a sports radio show.

    Mar 26, 2019 | Full Review…

    Brian Lowry

    CNN.com
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  • [Schwartzman] stitches together her narrative through the text messages and social media posts that made the Steubenville case infamous. But she also grounds the story in the reaction of the community.

    Mar 22, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Oliver Jones

    Observer
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  • Some of the filmmaking here is a little frustrating, but Roll Red Roll is ultimately an insightful portrait of an entire city shaken and altered by one heinous act, amplified by modern technology.

    Mar 22, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Even if you're steeped in the saga of Steubenville, the film contains plenty to appall you afresh.

    Mar 22, 2019 | Full Review…
  • "Roll Red Roll" captures, with potent power, how the "If it feels good, wreck it" ethos of the beer-pong drink-till-you-submit forced "hookup" is finding more and more of a home among high schoolers.

    Mar 22, 2019 | Full Review…

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