Kirby Dick


Documentary Film Director

The Vision and Leadership Award is awarded to an individual whose life and work demonstrates exemplary contributions to a field that is directly related to the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. We are pleased to honor Kirby Dick with this award. Throughout his remarkable career, Kirby Dick has brought important social and policy issues to the forefront of popular discourse through incisive and powerful documentaries. Through his courageous approach to investigative filmmaking, Kirby Dick recognizes the power that media and investigative filmmaking can have on real-world policy changes, directly working to make the world a more just and equitable place for all.

About the Honoree:

Kirby Dick is an Academy and Emmy Award nominated documentary director. His most recent film, the Invisible War, an investigation into the epidemic of rape within the US military, won the Audience Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature. The film compelled the Pentagon to initiate long overdue reforms, prompted four Congressional hearings, and was instrumental in the House and Senate passing significant legislation.

His prior film, Outrage, is an indictment of the hypocrisy of powerful, closeted politicians and the political and media institutions that protect them. The film was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism.

In 2006, he directed This Film Is Not yet Rated, a breakthrough investigation of the highly secretive film ratings system that compelled the MPAA to make long overdue changes. In 2004, he directed Twist of Faith, the story of a man confronting the trauma of his past sexual abuse by a Catholic priest, which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature.

Dick’s other films include Derrida, a complex portrait of the world-renowned French philosopher Jacques Derrida, which won the Golden Gate Award at the San Francisco Film Festival, and the internationally acclaimed Sick: The Life & Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist, which won the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and the Grand Prize at the Los Angeles Film Festival. He is the 2012 recipient of the Nestor Almendros Prize for Courage and Filmmaking and the 2013 Ridenhour Documentary Film Prize.