Joe Berlinger

Documentarian, Publicity director, Advertising art director
Advertising executive-turned-documentarian Joe Berlinger has created some of the most riveting nonfiction films of the 1990s with his partner Bruce Sinofsky. Beginning his career in advertising at McCann-Erickson in ... Read more »
Born: 10/30/1961 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA

Filmography

Director (20)

Oprah's Master Class: Civil Rights Special 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Director

Facing the Wind 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

HANK: Five Years From the Brink 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Under African Skies 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Crude 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

The Addiction Project 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Director

Metallica: Some Kind of Monster 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Paradise Lost 2: Revelations 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Director

Homicide: Life on the Street 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Director

The Begging Game 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Director

Brother's Keeper 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Outrageous Taxi Stories 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Gray Matter (TV Show)

Director
Producer (18)

Facing the Wind 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Iconoclasts 1998 - 1999, 2006 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Co-Executive Producer

Oprah Presents: Master Class 1998 - 1999, 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Under African Skies 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

Crude 2009 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Crude 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Ten Days That Unexpectedly Changed America 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Co-Executive Producer

Metallica: Some Kind of Monster 2004 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Metallica: Some Kind of Monster 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hollywood High 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Virtual Corpse 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

VH1 FanClub 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Brother's Keeper 1992 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Brother's Keeper 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

West Memphis Three (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Editor (2)

Brother's Keeper 1992 (Movie)

(Editor)
Camera, Film, & Tape (2)

Crude 2009 (Movie)

(Cinematographer)
Writer (2)

Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Brother's Keeper 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (2)

When Metallica Ruled the World 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 2000 (Movie)

Joe--Burkittsville Torist No 1 (Actor)

Biography

Advertising executive-turned-documentarian Joe Berlinger has created some of the most riveting nonfiction films of the 1990s with his partner Bruce Sinofsky. Beginning his career in advertising at McCann-Erickson in 1983, he moved to Ogilvy & Mather's Frankfurt office to produce TV commercials the following year. By he had joined Maysles Films, where he worked his way up to executive producer. At Maysles, Berlinger learned about documentary filmmaking and also met his future collaborator. Berlinger did publicity for Maysles' "Christo in Paris" (1990), among other projects.

Relationships

Joseph W Berlinger

Father

Elissa K Berlinger

Mother

Maya Berlinger

Daughter
born on September 12, 1998

Robert Berlinger

Brother
directs TV sitcoms ("3rd Rock from the Sun" and others)

Lore Eiferman

Wife

EDUCATION

Colgate University

Hamilton , New York 1983

Horace Greeley High School

Chappaqua , New York 1979

Milestones

2004

Directed the documentary "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster" which followed the band for the better part of 2001-2003

2000

Produced and directed the VH1 series "Fanclub"

2000

Executive produced and co-directed "Paradise Lost 2: Revelations", a follow-up to the acclaimed original documentary

2000

Helmed "Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows"

1996

With Sinofsky, co-produced, co-directed and co-edited "Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills"; film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival prior to airing on HBO (June); subsequently received theatrical release

1995

First original program for TV, "The Begging Game", aired as a segment of PBS' "Frontline"

1994

Formed commercial offshoot, Gray Matter Productions, with Sinofsky

1992

First feature length documentary, "Brother's Keeper"

1991

Sinofsky joined Berlinger in partnership in Creative Thinking International

1989

Produced and directed first film, short "Outrageous Taxi Stories," edited by Bruce Sinofksy (first collaboration)

1988

Formed Creative Thinking International, Ltd., a freelance film marketing and PR consulting company

1984

Worked as commercial producer at Ogilvy & Mather Advertising, Frankfurt, Germany

1983

Worked at McCann-Erickson Advertising at assistant account executive

Worked at Maysles Films, first as director of marketing, then promoted to executive producer in 1989

Bonus Trivia

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In 1997, Joe Berlinger and his brother Bob became the first pair of brothers to be nominated for the Directors Guild of America Award in the same year. Covering work in 1996, Joe was cited in the documentary category while Bob was cited in the TV comedy field.

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