WHITEY: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA V. JAMES J. BULGER
U.S.A., 2014, 120 mins, Color/B&W
Director/ Producer: Joe Berlinger Executive Producers: Sidney Beaumont, Jon Kamen, Dave O'Connor, Justin Wilkes, Vinnie Malhotra, Amy Entelis Producer: Caroline Suh Cinematographers: Robert Richman, Etienne Sauret Editors: Joshua Pearson, Alex Horwitz Original Score: Wendy Blackstone
OFFICIAL SELECTION 2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
From Academy Award-nominated director Joe Berlinger and an Official Selection at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, WHITEY: United States of America v. James J. Bulger is a sweeping and revelatory documentary film that follows the trial of the infamous gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, using the courtroom action as a springboard to examine accusations of multi-faceted corruption within our nation’s law enforcement and legal systems.
Joe Berlinger Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Joe Berlinger has been a leading voice in nonfiction film and television for two decades. Berlinger’s films include the landmark documentaries Brother's Keeper, Paradise Lost, and Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster, a film that re-defined the rockumentary genre. Crude, about oil pollution in the Amazon Rainforest, won 22 human rights, environmental and film festival awards and recently triggered a high-profile First Amendment battle with oil-giant Chevron. He has also received multiple awards from the Directors Guild of America, the National Board of Review and the Independent Spirit Awards. Berlinger’s Under African Skies was nominated for three primetime Emmy awards, including Outstanding Nonfiction Special. In addition to his feature documentary work, Berlinger is a two-time Emmy and Peabody winner (with five additional Emmy nominations.)
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U.S.A., 2013, 12 mins, Color
Director: Meg Smaker
A meditation on meth. There is and island on the delta 45 minutes east of San Francisco that is infested with Crystal Meth. In this documentary we explore the island and its inhabitants' relationship to the drug. Four characters will take us on the journey of an addict: from the first states, to the comedown and finally the long road to recovery.
Meg received her BA in Political, Legal, and Economic Analysis (focusing on international analysis) from Mills College. She has conducted field research in Somalia, The Balkans, and North Africa. Meg has presented her fieldwork in Washington DC and was also a guest lecturer at Columbia University. She has traveled to over 40 countries and worked in the Middle East for over half a decade. This wanderlust is what first sparked her interest in documentary films, which lead to an internship at National Geographic Television where she won PichFest 2010. She is particularly interested in documentaries about conflict zones. Meg fused her lust for political economies in war-torn countries with her love of art to create Somalia and The Piracy Bell Curve, an animated academic documentary about Piracy and State Building in Somalia. She also produced Sex, Drugs, & Student Loans, a documentary that explores the growing number of students who are entering into the sex industry to help pay for the rising cost of higher education. This documentary won her the Diamond Award at the 2011 California Film Awards. Meg enjoys using unconventional methods in her films, such as animation or humor, to present heavy topics in the hopes that this will disarm the audience and streamline complex issues to make them more tangible to the masses.