Joe Berlinger is an American filmmaker who often collaborates with fellow director Bruce Sinofsky on documentaries, which include the Paradise Lost trilogy, following the West Memphis Three, and Some Kind of Monster, a behind-the-scenes look at Metallica.

Joe’s latest documentary is Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger, a look at the life and trial of the South Boston gangster, which he presented at Toronto’s Hot Docs film festival. He joined us to talk about his attraction to James J. Bulger as a character, his approach to structuring his true crime films, and how the role of media footage and the performative nature of some of his subjects can affect the ‘case’ presented in his documentaries.

 

 

This interview was published in October of 2014.