Identified for her on-screen work in titles comparable to “Westworld,” “Throughout the Universe,” and “13,” Evan Rachel Wooden takes audiences behind the scenes of her life in “Phoenix Rising,” a glance contained in the actress’ efforts to reclaim her story and impact change. “I’m right here at the moment to speak about Brian Warner, additionally recognized to the world as Marilyn Manson,” she says in a brand new trailer for the Amy Berg doc. Wooden was simply 18 years outdated when she met the controversial 37-year-old rockstar. They dated for 4 years, throughout which she skilled escalating emotional, bodily, and sexual abuse. “He studied the way to manipulate folks. He groomed her. He’s a predator,” Wooden’s mom, Sara, emphasizes.
When Wooden began to share her story publicly, she discovered that Warner had abused different ladies. They reached out to her and shared their very own harrowing accounts. However the ladies had been unable to take authorized recourse — they had been exterior of the statute of limitations. “Statistically numerous victims take seven to 10 years to even acknowledge that they had been a sufferer of this abuse,” we’re instructed.
Nearly a decade after escaping her abuser, Wooden co-authored and lobbied for the passage of The Phoenix Act, laws that extends the statute of limitations for home violence circumstances in California. “I grew to become an activist combating for victims and survivors of home violence and sexual assault,” she explains. “I spotted that that is the primary time that I haven’t been doubted, or questioned, or shamed — that is the primary time that somebody was actually listening.”
Berg obtained an Oscar nod in 2007 for “Ship Us From Evil,” an investigation into how the Catholic church tried to cowl up the crimes of a predatory priest. Her different credit embody “West of Memphis,” “An Open Secret,” and “Janis: Little Lady Blue.”
“Phoenix Rising” debuts March 15 on HBO. The community is “constructing a sturdy nationwide influence marketing campaign to amplify key points which might be central to the documentary,” per a press launch. “HBO is partnering with non-profit organizations, together with RAINN, to assist empower, educate, and supply assets and motion alternatives for all audiences.”