"They have a very valuable asset to protect," says director Dan Reid. "Every time a song is played, a cash-desk cash register, I'm not surprised that they went out fighting to defend their asset.
Director Dan Reed slammed a series of statements made by the Michael Jackson family and the pop iconic estate after the premiere of Reed's documentary film Leaving Neverland . a film murdering the tabloids, and insisted that it was "not a documentary," while the family calls it both the accusers of the film "opportunists," Reed sat down with the Hollywood reporter at Park City to protect work, (Sundance put psychiatric workers in the lobby for anyone who needs help processing the film).
"This is a four-hour documentary by an experienced documentary with years of experience in investigating and telling complicated stories, and that's a complicated story," Reed says. "So I would say it's undoubtedly a documentary. Anyone who has any knowledge of this form would recognize a documentary. Four-hour play, is this a tabloid? I did not characterize Jackson in the movie, I think if you watch it, you will notice that this is a story about these two families, and Jackson is an element of this story, but I'm not trying to characterize it at all. about Michael himself … The film itself is a report on sexual abuse, how sexual abuse occurs and how the consequences develop later in life. "
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" They have a very valuable asset to protect, "Reid said," Every time a song is played, a cash-desk cash-desk. I am not surprised that they went out fighting to defend their assets. "
HBO plans March for the movie, which will most likely come out for two nights. Although the accusations of the film are explosive (one of the men suggests that he was replaced by actor MacLeague Culkin, something the actor strongly denies), Reid claims he spent less time in the film with lawyers than with his typical films .
"Every single documentary I've ever photographed has been checked for the subjects I often do about stories people do not want to tell," Reed said. "But in this movie there were fewer regularities than the last few movies I did." Reed, who made four HBO movies, including 2016 Three days of terror: Charlie Hebdo's attacks says he does not believe the family has seen the movie.
"Their statements are not in line with watching the movie," he says.
In addition to the enduring anger of family and property, Reed is overwhelmed by emails, calls, and even death threats from fans who reveal the movie. The two accusers, who then left Park City, were surrounded by bodyguards as they left the Sundance premiere.
"More than a week ago, I had about a thousand letters from China, and then stopped as suddenly as they started, telling me bad things as I threatened," he says "I know there is a level of organization. Some of the emails were cut and placed because we found a web page that explains to people what to do Leaving Neverland . "
Finally, Reed feels secured by his two subjects and repels the characteristics of the family as "opportunists." Wade and James are not paid in any way, directly, indirectly. The family is not listed. It is OK. I think this is an important thing that needs to be established, "he says. "The #MeToo era began at the time of the film's making and there was a big change in the way we look at the victims of sexual abuse and I hope that this movie will deepen and expand it to boys and men who are victims of the same. I hope she will educate people how child sexual abuse occurs. 0.6 & APPID = 303838389949803 ");