KILLER MOVIE REVIEWS BERLINGER'S 'INTENT TO DESTROY': "A MOVING AND MADDENING DOCUMENTARY"

"Joe Berlinger’s moving and maddening documentary, INTENT TO DESTROY: DEATH, DENIAL, & DEPICTION, is anything but a gimmick. By cutting those clips and making-of footage with the real-life witnesses, historical footage, and a fine selection of knowledgeable, engaged talking heads, the intensity of the massacre, and the deep psychic wound inflicted on the victims and their descendants, is presented with crystal clarity and devastating impact."


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New York Times Features Joe Berlinger's Paradise Lost Trilogy: '10 Great Documentaries Worth Streaming On Amazon Prime Right Now'

"Hot on the heels of the satanic ritual abuse scare that gripped the United States in the 1980s, three 8-year-old boys were mutilated and murdered in Arkansas in 1993: Less than a year later, three black-wearing, Metallica-listening teenagers were convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the killings. The flaws of the investigation, prosecution and defense were brought to national attention by directors Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky in their 1996 documentary, “Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills.” That film, and the sequels that followed in 2000 and 2011, track and even become a part of the investigation, in which leads are pursued; theories are floated; and, eventually, justice is served."

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Movie Pilot Interviews Joe Berlinger, "The Director Of Your Next Harrowing Documentary Obsession"

"You've probably never heard of Chillicothe, Ohio, the small suburban town that is the focus of Academy Award-nominated documentarian Joe Berlinger's latest project, Gone: The Forgotten Women of Ohio, but after feasting on this harrowing series via Spike TV, its name will be cemented in your mind."- Heather Snowden, Movie Pilot

Joe Berlinger: "Our main objective was to find the truth: If you try to inject your own opinion you might miss the story, so you have to be very open to how it unfolds. Initially, what brought us to Chillicothe, Ohio was a serial killer investigation, yet in the end we discovered something totally different.

What appealed to me was that these families believed they were being ignored by the police, and that nobody cared about the plight of their daughters because they were living risky lifestyles — they were taking drugs and in turn resorting to prostitution. They felt that the police were writing these girls off, and not giving them answers. That's what people wanted from us and from the situation; to unearth answers no matter what."


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JOE BERLINGER ON HOW SOCIAL JUSTICE CONTENT CAN CHANGE LIVES: SCREEN DAILY INTERVIEW

"I was very interested in pushing the documentary form by giving it all the great dramatic qualities of a scripted film. Not in the sense of being untruthful, of course, but the form of the narrative. Trials have this perfect dramatic structure – a beginning, middle, and end. And you have protagonists and antagonist, each side vying for the truth and it comes to a conclusion."

"There’s no-one wrongfully convicted in the Spike series The Forgotten Women Of Ohio. Advocacy for the voiceless includes people who aren’t getting justice. What attracted me to this particular story was the fact that the families of the victims all believed that the police were ignoring these cases because of the lifestyle of these women: they were prostitutes and addicted to drugs. I was sitting on my porch in July of 2015 and I read a Huffington Post article about these women that vanished. It spoke to me as a father of daughters myself. I would want justice pursued if God forbid something were to happen to anyone I knew. Interestingly, this series is the most real-time [project] I’ve ever done. The show is already airing and we’re still filming it; as we speak there’s breaking news that we’re covering."

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What It's Really Like to Make a True Crime Show: Set Secrets and Real-Life Dangers

"Beginning this Sunday he'll [Berlinger] be bringing to Spike the mysterious deaths and disappearances of six women in a small rust belt town, with Gone: The Forgotten Women Of Ohio. To pick his brain about making a true crime story is to truly see inside the belly of the beast: Learning about the highs and lows of investigating real life murders isn't for the faint of heart, but neither is the consuming of these programs...These days he [Berlinger] knows the signs of a compelling mystery, and he's primed to pick out stories that reek of social injustice.

"I read an article about the mothers of the murder victims and how they were feeling like the system wasn't paying any attention to them," he told E! News. "Their daughters were prostitutes and had drug issues and they felt they weren't getting any justice just because their daughters pursued a certain lifestyle. They saw a reluctance of the police force to pay attention to the plight of their daughters going missing."

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San Francisco Jewish Film Festival Honors Joe Berlinger

"Joe Berlinger, 55, has been one of the nation’s most influential documentary filmmakers for the past 25 years...Now, Berlinger — whose new film, “Intent to Destroy,” concerns the Armenian genocide of 1915 — is being honored with the Freedom of Expression Award at this year’s San Francisco Jewish Film Festival."

When asked by journalist David Lewis what drew him to the topic of the Armenian genocide, Berlinger responded: "To me, the most interesting and universal story in the film is the aftermath of denial, in all of its forms. We’re not just talking about the events of 1915, but also the events of today. There is still a well-orchestrated campaign to deny that this human tragedy occurred. In this country, meanwhile, alternative facts have been bandied about as a good trait. My film really takes a look at how denial works."

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Berlinger to Develop and Exec. Produce Elvis Presley Manager Biopic ‘The Colonel’

"Production is slated for early 2018. Parker, who died in 1997 at age 87, arrived in America as a 20-year old undocumented Dutch immigrant, and took great pains to hide his past. Before leaving Holland, he might have committed murder."
Variety.com

"August 16 will mark the 40th anniversary of Presley’s death. Parker, who died in 1997 at age 87, exerted iron-clad control of his star, but “his personal life was a dangerous and well-orchestrated charade,” according to the filmmakers, whose movie will be based on Alanna Nash’s exhaustive 2003 biography The Colonel: The Extraordinary Story Of Colonel Tom Parker And Elvis Presley. The team will work from an outline developed by Nash and Berlinger, and Nash will co-write the screenplay."
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Berlinger writes: “Throughout my career I have tackled unexpected and surprising stories, going beyond the easy headline to get to the truth of the real story.  And in The Colonel, I see the same exciting opportunity. I am thrilled to go beneath the surface and tell this story with partners like Spencer, Alanna, and Steve [...] Not only are they incredibly talented, but they are also the people who know the music world and have a deep and personal knowledge of the Colonel, and the impact that he had on America’s most revered cultural icon.”
ScreenDaily.com

Berlinger's latest Docuseries On Missing Ohio Women to premiere in July on Spike

"Directed and executive produced by Berlinger, Gone: The Forgotten Women of Ohio tells a tragic story that has plagued the small town of Chillicothe, OH, over the past few years. Six women mysteriously disappeared. Four of the victims’ bodies have been discovered, while two women remain missing. The investigation, which is still active and happening in real time, has extended to additional cities in the region as the body count has expanded beyond the original six."
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BERLINGER TO DIRECT FEATURE ‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile’ STARRING ZAC EFRON AS TED BUNDY

"[Michael] Costigan [of COTA Films] hailed the script and Berlinger’s past documentaries in predicting the mix will be strong.
Deadline.com

"The script earned Werwie the coveted Nicholl Fellowship first prize and landed on the Black List."
HollywoodReporter.com 

"The project follows the dysfunctional relationship between Bundy and his long-time girlfriend Liz. Bundy, a killer and rapist of young girls and women who was notoriously charming, was executed in Florida in 1989."
Variety.com

"The film will be directed by Joe Berlinger, the Oscar-nominated film-maker whose credits include the Paradise Lost documentaries, about the West Memphis Three, who were convicted and later cleared of the murder of three eight-year-olds, and Some Kind of Monster, about the heavy metal band Metallica."
TheGuardian.com

"Helmed by Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Joe Berlinger and penned by Michael Werwie, the film takes the perspective of Bundy's longtime girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer, who went years denying the accusations against Bundy before ultimately turning him in to the police." 
TheIndependent.co.uk

Berlinger's Latest, Acclaimed Doc "Intent to Destroy" takes unwavering look at Armenian Genocide

"'[This documentary] doesn’t shy away from complicating matters [...] ultimately producing a smart and affecting portrait of the powerful effects of living in a culture, where media can both reflect and create—and even remarkably distort—an entire lost history."
POVMagazine.com

"[Berlinger]'s latest work, 'Intent to Destroy', focuses on both the making of Terry George's melodrama The Promise, and the entertainment industry's history of suppressing the 1915 Armenian genocide."
TheGlobeandMail.com

"Joe Berlinger, who embedded with the 'Promise' production to shoot a documentary about the genocide, said everyone on the set was concerned about safety."
NYTimes.com

"What Berlinger has produced will give you chills. 'Intent to Destroy' is unlike any other historical account...Berlinger ingeniously weaves vérité behind-the-scenes footage with interviews and archival material. The result is a framework that ties the past to the future, reminding us that our history is alive in every decision we make."
NoFilmSchool.com

"The viewing of Joe Berlinger’s 'Intent to Destroy' will likely be a revelatory experience for moviegoers as it winds its way through the festival circuit in the coming months."
DenofGeek.com

"Off the heels of the release for 'The Promise,' 'Intent to Destroy' sheds an emotional light on reality. A reality many find themselves quite offended when they come across Holocaust deniers, or deniers of the Cambodian Killing Fields, Bosnia, or Rwanda."
CorrienteLatina.com

"Berlinger has a knack for cutting through the fog and drawing sharp lines where the truth previously had been blurry. And yet, tackling a century-old, international legacy of denial might be his greatest challenge so far."
Salon.com

"A harrowing film that will open many Western eyes about not just what the Armenian Genocide was, but why it has been largely forgotten in the United States due to a successful Turkish campaign of denial, 'Intent to Destroy' is a must-see."
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