BE COURAGEOUS. REPORT IT. LIFE GETS BETTER.Posted: August 24, 2020
This from the movie An Open Secret, a documentary on the sexual abuse of child actors. https://vimeo.com/channels/835463/138965813. It is a little over 90 minutes; view it when you can watch it until the end.
How does this movie end up on Vimeo? In May 2015 the movie screened for potential distributors at the Cannes Film Festival. No surprise, the producer is unable to find a distributor and has made the documentary available for free on Vimeo.
SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) threatened to sue the director Amy Berg if she did not omit references to the Young Performers Committee. She declined, only editing her footage to secure a PG-13 rating. https://www.indiewire.com/2017/10/hollywoods-underage-sexual-abuse-problem-5-shocking-injustices-from-an-open-secret-1201891024/. The union does not carry out its threat.
The film zeroes in on a trio of perpetrators, Marty Weiss, Marc Collins-Rector and Michael Harrah (founder and former chair of SAG-AFTRA’s Young Performers Committee). Observe how these predators attempt to shift the blame to parents and the victims. Harrah is a Michigan native (of course he is!) and attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor beginning in 1960. Harrah was active in children’s theater (Ann Arbor Junior Light Opera) and Ann Arbor high school productions throughout the 1960s and early 1970s. Maybe even rubbed elbows with Ann Arbor’s “distinguished” Frank Shelden.
Thank you to a reader for the link to the film and associated research. I post this not to muddy the waters, but to make the point that this stuff goes on all the time, with unrepentant monsters posing as upstanding citizens, and that it takes a lot of bravery to come forward if you have been victimized. Don’t think for a minute that it is just dirty pedophiles like Ted Lamborgine, Richard Lawson, Arch Sloan and Bob Moore who commit these crimes. All pedophiles are dirty no matter what costume they wear in society.
“The film Hollywood doesn’t want you to see.” The Snow Killings, Inside the Oakland County Child Killer Investigation (July 2020), is the book Oakland County doesn’t want you to read.