The Film That Lit My Fuse is a Deadline video series that aims to provide an antidote to headlines about industry uncertainty by swinging the conversation back to the creative ambitions, formative influences, and inspirations of some of today’s great screen artists.
Every installment asks the same five questions. Today’s subject is Joe Berlinger, the Emmy-winning documentary maker. His work includes Brother’s Keeper and Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills, which he followed up with Oscar-nominated Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory in 2011.
In The Film That Lit My Fuse, he discusses the “disastrous” Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, which put him into a “profound funk” until he was revitalized by heavy metal band Metallica when he made the documentary Some Kind of Monster four years later.
Berlinger credits Richard Brooks’ 1967 feature In Cold Blood for inspiring his move into filmmaking, arguing that it was the “big bang” for the current obsession with true-crime stories. It’s a genre that Berlinger has excelled in, with recent series including Netflix’s Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes and Zac Efron feature Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.
Check out the full interview above.
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