About The Film



AUDRIE & DAISY is an urgent real-life drama that examines the ripple effects on families, friends, schools and communities when two underage young women find that sexual assault crimes against them have been caught on camera. From acclaimed filmmakers Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk (The Island President, The Rape of Europa), AUDRIE & DAISY — which made its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival — takes a hard look at American’s teenagers who are coming of age in this new world of social media bullying, spun wildly out of control.

Film Team


BONNI COHEN (Director, Producer): Since co-founding Actual Films in 1998, Bonni Cohen has produced and directed an array of award-winning films, including THE ISLAND PRESIDENT, INSIDE GUANTANAMO, THE RAPE OF EUROPA, and WONDERS ARE MANY among many others. She recently Executive Produced 3.5 MINUTES, which has its premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and will air this Fall on HBO. She also executive produced ART AND CRAFT, which premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. Bonni is the co-founder of the Catapult Film Fund.



JON SHENK (Director, Director of Photography): Jon Shenk is an award-winning director and cinematographer based in San Francisco, California. Shenk directed and photographed THE ISLAND PRESIDENT, which won Best Documentary at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. He was the DP for the Academy Award- winning SMILE PINKI (2009) and won an Emmy for BLAME SOMEBODY ELSE (2007, PBS/EXPOSÉ). Shenk directed and photographed LOST BOYS OF SUDAN, Independent Spirit Award winner in 2004 and he co-directed and photographed DEMOCRACY AFGHAN STYLE (2004). Early in his career, he directed and photographed THE BEGINNING (1999), a chronicle of George Lucas’s STAR WARS: EPISODE I.



RICHARD BERGE (Producer): Richard Berge is an award-winning producer, writer and director based in San Francisco, California. For his work on THIE ISLAND PRESIDENT (2012), The Producers’ Guider of America nominated him for Theatrical Producer of the Year. Other credits include THE RAPE OF EUROPA (producer, director and writer); and YESTERDAY’S TOMORROWS (producer and writer), SING FASTER (line producer).



SARA DOSA (Producer): Sara Dosa is a documentary filmmaker based in San Francisco, CA. Most recently, she directed the Indie Spirit Award nominated The Last Season (2014), about two former soldiers-turned-wild mushroom hunters. Other credits include INEQUALITY FOR ALL (field producer, associate producer) and ELENA (co-producer), among others.



DON BERNIER (Editor): Don Bernier is an Emmy-nominated editor and filmmaker based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Recent credits include THE BOTANY OF DESIRE; EAMES; THE ARCHITECT AND THE PAINTER; THE GENIUS Of MARIAN, among others.



TYLER STRICKLAND (Composer): Tyler is a film composer based in Los Angeles. Tyler’s scores have accompanied many acclaimed documentaries such as, the Emmy-nominated, HOT GIRLS WANTED (Sundance), FRESH DRESSED (Sundance), THE GENIUS OF MARIAN (Tribeca), THE MANY SAD FATES OF MR TOLEDANO (Tribeca), TOUGH LOVE (Full Frame) and more.

Director's Statement

We have been making documentary films for over 20 years and never has a film subject struck us quite as personally as with Audrie & Daisy. As parents of teenagers ourselves, we were deeply troubled by the frequency of sexual assaults in high schools across the country. But, even more shocking and new to us were the pictures and videos posted online – almost as trophies – by teens that have committed and witnessed these crimes. The online forum for sharing these images and comments has become the new public square of shame for our adolescents.

During the making of Audrie & Daisy, we grew close to the families that participated in the film and were continually inspired by their resilience. We are grateful to now launch the film as a Netflix Original documentary. We are also excited that the film will be accompanied by a robust educational and outreach campaign. Talking to survivors, their families, and their communities, we found hope amid the disturbing epidemic of sexual violence. We view the Discussion Guide for Audrie & Daisy as a cornerstone of the campaign that engages parents, educators and communities who want to create conversation around this issue and explore some potential paths towards change. This kind of education amongst parents and educators will allow for a more compassionate communication with children and teens.

When we began to screen the film, we witnessed first-hand the powerful, illuminating discussions that take place when teenagers, families, and communities see Audrie & Daisy. It is because of the stories of Audrie and Daisy and the Pott and Coleman families that we ourselves have been able to have open, honest conversations with our own children about these difficult-to-broach subjects. We view Audrie & Daisy as an opportunity to address these complex issues in a refreshingly concrete manner. It is in this spirit that we offer the film and educational material to teachers, parents, and communities.

Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk



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