Joe Berlinger Biography
Joe Berlinger (Joseph Berlinger) is an American filmmaker, and producer. Joe particularly focuses on true crime documentaries. His films draw attention to social justice issues in the US and abroad in such films as Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills, Crude, Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger, and Intent To Destroy: Death, Denial, and Depiction.
Berlinger released two projects centered on the infamous serial killer Ted Bundy: the Netflix docu-series Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, and also the thriller film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, which he directed.
Joe Berlinger Age
Berlinger was born on October 30, 1961, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, U.S. He is 57 years old as of 2018.
Joe Berlinger Family
Joe was born in a Jewish family. He then graduated from Colgate University with a B.A in the German Language.
Joe Berlinger Wife
Berlinger is married to artist Loren Eiferman and they live in Westchester County, New York.
Joe Berlinger Ted Bundy
Joe re-entered the world of narrative film in 2019 and directed Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile, which chronicles the life of serial killer Ted Bundy’s longtime girlfriend, Liz Kloepfer. It stars Zac Efron, Lily Collins, Jim Parsons, John Malkovich, Jeffrey Donovan, Haley Joel Osment, and Angela Sarafyan. It was screened at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in January 2019.
Joe Berlinger And Bruce Sinofsky
Joe took a position working at an advertising agency in Frankfurt, Germany after graduating from Colgate University. Joe soon transitioned into the world of film, where he began working as an apprentice to the iconic documentarians Albert and David Maysles. He met his future directing partner Bruce Sinofsky while they were both employed by the Maysles. Together, they would then make their directing debut with the 1992 film Brother’s Keeper.
Joe and Sinofsky created the landmark documentary Brother’s Keeper (1992) working as a directing duo, which then tells the story of Delbart Ward, an uneducated elderly man in Munnsville, New York, charged with second-degree murder after the death of his brother William. Roger Ebert a film critic called it “an extraordinary documentary about what happened next, as a town banded together to stop what folks saw as a miscarriage of justice.”
The duo went on to direct the Paradise Lost Trilogy–Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996), Paradise Lost 2: Revelations (2000), and also Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011), which then earned the pair an Academy Award nomination. The trilogy which was shot over two decades focuses on the West Memphis Three, a group of teenagers who were wrongfully convicted of the brutal murder of three children. It raised doubts about the legitimacy of the teenagers’ convictions and also spurred a movement to release them from prison, where one of the men was awaiting a death sentence. The West Memphis Three were released from their respective death and life sentences after filing an Alford Plea with the Federal Court of Arkansas in 2011.
Bruce died on February 21, 2015, at the age of 58, from diabetes-related complications. The band Metallica then paid tribute to him as a “courageous man with deep empathy and also wisdom who wasn’t afraid to dig deep to tell the story.” Joe wrote that Sinofsky’s “humanity is on every frame of the films that he leaves behind.”
Joe Berlinger’s Paradise Lost
Joe is best known for the film series Paradise Lost, which then documents the murder trial and also the subsequent legal battles of three Arkansas teenagers, Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley Jr., wrongfully convicted of murder.
The court then convicted the youths of murdering three eight-year-old boys as part of a “Ritual killing,” though no physical evidence linked the three young men to the crime.
The film documents the 20-year ordeal of these three young men from arrest to conviction, through years of unsuccessful legal efforts, to a final successful appeal that resulted in their release in the summer of 2012.
Joe Berlinger Crude
Joe’s film Crude (2009) focused on the lawsuit by Ecuadorean plaintiffs against Chevron Corporation, for its alleged responsibility for continuing sites of pollution in that country.
Joe Berlinger Whitey Bulger
Berlinger released Whitey: United States of America V. James J. Bulger in 2014 which is a documentary about the infamous Boston mob boss Whitey Bulger was released. He traces Whitey’s trail of terror as well as the FBI’s role in both enabling him and taking him down.
Joe Berlinger Film | Documentaries
- Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000)
- Brother’s Keeper (1992)
- Bruce J. Sinofsky Memorial Reel
- Captive Beauty (2011)
- Crude (2009)
- Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile
- From the Ashes (2017)
- Gray Matter (2004)
- Hank: 5 Years From The Brink (2013)
- Intent to Destroy (2017)
- Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004)
- Metallica: This Monster Lives
- Paradise Lost 1: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996)
- Paradise Lost 2: Revelations (2000)
- Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011)
- Paris to Pittsburgh
- Pretty Old (2012)
- Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru (2016)
- Ubah! (2015)
- Under African Skies (2012)
- We The Economy: The Street (2014)
- Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger (2014)
Joe Berlinger TV Shows
- 10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America (History Channel)
- Addiction (HBO)
- Black Tide: Voices From The Gulf (Animal Planet)
- Cold Blooded: The Clutter Family Murders
- Gone: The Forgotten Women of Ohio (Spike TV)
- Homicide Life on the Street – Identity Crisis (NBC)
- How Sweet the Sound (BET)
- Iconoclasts Season 1 (Sundance Channel)
- Iconoclasts Season 2 (Sundance Channel)
- Iconoclasts Season 3 (Sundance Channel)
- Iconoclasts Season 4 (Sundance Channel)
- Iconoclasts Season 5 (Sundance Channel)
- Iconoclasts Season 6 (Sundance Channel)
- Judgement Day: Should the Guilty Go Free (HBO)
- Judgment Day: Prison or Parole (Investigation Discovery)
- Killing Richard Glossip (Investigation Discovery)
- Master Class Season 1 (OWN)
- Master Class Season 2 (OWN)
- Outrageous Taxi Stories (PBS/Sundance Channel)
- Parole Board: Victims Speak (LMN)
- San Quentin Film School (Discovery Channel)
- The Begging Game (PBS/Frontline)
- The System With Joe Berlinger (Al Jazeera America)
- Unspeakable Crime: The Killing of Jessica Chambers (Oxygen)
- Where It’s At The Rolling Stone State of the Union (ABC)
- Wrong Man
Joe Berlinger Emmy
Sharing with Bruce Sinofsky, Joe was nominated in 2012 for the Oscar featuring Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011)
Joe Berlinger’s Net Worth
Berlinger’s net worth is not yet revealed.