Joe Berlinger, director of the documentary “Hank: 5 Years from the Brink,” a portrait of Hank Paulson, Secretary of the Treasury and former CEO of Goldman Sachs. For three weeks in September 2008, Paulson was the one person charged with preventing the collapse of the U.S. economy, and he tells how he worked to persuade banks, Congress, and presidential candidates to sign off on nearly $1 trillion in bailouts—even as he found the behavior that led to the crisis, and the bailouts themselves, morally reprehensible. “Hank: 5 Years from the Brink” is available exclusively on Netflix September 16.
Critically acclaimed HBO documentary filmmaker Joe Berlinger discusses the “Paradise Lost” series, directed with Bruce Sinofsky. The latest of which, “Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory,” will be show on HBO in January 2012. The series follows three teenagers arrested in 1993 and wrongfully convicted of murdering three eight-year-old boys, and “Paradise Lost 3” concludes with the release of Jason Baldwin, Damien Echols and Jessie Misskelley, the West Memphis 3, after serving 18 years in prison for a crime they didn’t commit.
In his film Crude: The Real Price of Oil, documentarian Joe Berlinger chronicled the story behind a law suit filed by thousands of indigenous Ecuadorians against Chevron for oil pollution in the Amazon river. Earlier this month, a New York judge ordered him to turn over hundreds of hours of outtake footage from the film to Chevron.