Here's The Thing (Mary Ellen Matthews)

Episode #7

Joe Berlinger

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Monday, January 16, 2012


Alec talks with director Joe Berlinger about his latest film for HBO Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory -- the third film in a series of documentaries about a crime that took place 18 years ago in rural Arkansas.

Berlinger says,  “We made these three movies as acts of advocacy” – which is not his usual style as a long-time documentary filmmaker. “I believe the audience should be treated like a jury.  You give them the information, you weigh both sides, and you let them come to their own conclusion.”  These films were different, acknowledges Berlinger: “We clearly have a point of view that there is a huge injustice.”

Early in his career Berlinger worked for famed documentarians David and Albert Maysles.  He says the Maysles brothers taught him about “The act of faith about making a film about real life as it’s unfolding.”  Berlinger is known for his documentary work, has dabbled in features, but says he’d “love another opportunity to do a feature at some point, but, you know, I’m just used to being the author of my own work, being totally in control.”

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Comments [8]

Beth from Cambridge Ontario

Growing up listening to the CBC in Canada, I have come to realize how important great radio conversations are. I am blessed to have listened to some of the most engaging intimate and informative radio conversations. I include these podcasts among those esteemed radio voices. Have listened to all of these and await more. Love the music intro. What song is it?

Apr. 14 2012 10:00 AM
Mike from Memphis

Great, great stuff! Can't wait to hear more!

Mar. 04 2012 03:23 PM
Bob from Woodside, NY

You have a great radio is immediate and intimate as only radio can be. I have listened to three of your interviews and enjoyed them immensely. Your approach seems always personal with your guests, witty, intelligent and respectful.

Feb. 02 2012 03:35 PM

LOVED learning about the Maysles connection! Wife and I are huge fans.

Jan. 29 2012 09:35 AM
Joannie from LI, NY

The interview with Joe Berlinger was Excellent! Very Interesting! I could have listened for hours. Held my attention. Well done. Thank you, Alec, for another Great interview.

Jan. 23 2012 03:59 PM
clive betters

anyone who doesn't think that the judicial system, is deranged and self serving,to the machinations of the state;is beyond,"any shadow of a doubt", delusional and "certifiable".

Jan. 22 2012 01:19 PM
Adrianapi from Brooklyn NY

how many people are convicted in the same way?
what's going on with justice in the midwest?
so many movies about the same justice "process"!

Jan. 18 2012 07:22 AM
Attilio Panissidi III from St. Petersburg, FL:

Love the interviews, especially Erica Jong and Molly Jong-Fast. Great job.
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Jan. 17 2012 03:24 PM

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