Joe Berlinger

Joe Berlinger Director

Joe Berlinger is an Academy Award-nominated filmmaker and has been a leading voice in nonfiction film and television for two decades. His films include the landmark documentaries Brother’s Keeper, Paradise Lost, and Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, a film that redefined the rockumentary genre. Crude won 22 human rights, environmental and film festival awards and recently triggered a high-profile First Amendment battle with oil giant Chevron. Berlinger’s Under African Skies was nominated for three primetime Emmy awards after its 2012 Sundance Film Festival premiere, including Outstanding Nonfiction Special. For Netflix and the newly created Business Week Films, Berlinger directed and produced Hank: 5 Years from the Brink. Most recently, he finished Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger, a feature-length documentary produced by CNN Films that was released by Magnolia in June 2014 following its premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Six of Berlinger’s documentary features have premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and he has received multiple awards from the Directors Guild of America, the National Board of Review and the Independent Spirit Awards. In addition to his feature documentary work, Berlinger, a two-time Emmy and Peabody winner (and five additional Emmy nominations), has created many hours of television as both a producer and director, including the Emmy-winning History Channel series 10 Days that Unexpectedly Changed America and the Emmy-nominated Gray Matter. He has directed and produced five seasons of the critically acclaimed Sundance Channel series Iconoclasts and directed/executive-produced the first two seasons of the Emmy-nominated Master Class, for the Oprah Winfrey Network. His numerous HBO productions include Addiction, Judgment Day, and Virtual Corpse, and he has created series for VH1 and Court TV. Most recently, he finished directing and executive producing The System with Joe Berlinger, an eight-part series examining systemic problems within the American justice system for Al Jazeera America that also features Berlinger as the on-camera host. Berlinger’s multiple Emmy-winning Paradise Lost series for HBO helped spawn a worldwide movement to free "The West Memphis Three" from wrongful murder convictions, ultimately resulting in a death sentence and two life-without-parole sentences being vacated, allowing the men to finally be released from prison on August 19, 2011. The latest film in the trilogy, Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory was nominated for an Oscar in 2012 and was nominated for two primetime Emmy awards. Joe Berlinger is a member of the DGA, the WGA, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the National Board of Review.