Note: This article details allegations of alleged assault.
The new documentary Phoenix Rising, which focuses on the life and career of Evan Rachel Wood, premiered tonight at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. It was the first part of a two-part documentary, and Oscar-nominated director Amy Berg clarified that it’s a work in progress. The movie outlines the abuse allegations Wood made against Marilyn Manson last year. It also includes new allegations from Wood.
In the film, Wood discusses the music video for Manson’s 2007 single “Heart-Shaped Glasses (When the Heart Guides the Hand).” She starred in the video with Manson; the singer has said that the song was inspired by Wood. “It’s nothing like I thought it was going to be,” Wood recalled of being on the video’s set. “We’re doing things that were not what was pitched to me.” She continued:
Throughout the first part of Phoenix Rising, Wood discusses many elements of her life with Manson—including allegations that he isolated her from her family and abused her while on tour. Pitchfork has reached out to Manson’s representatives.
Phoenix Rising will air on HBO in March. According to an earlier report from Variety, Wood and Berg worked on the project in secret. Prior to Phoenix Rising, Berg made documentaries about sexual abuse perpetrated by the Catholic Church and against child actors, in addition to HBO’s series The Case Against Adnan Syed.
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