Intent to Destroy


Castro TheatreThu, Jul 27, 2017 6:00 PM Not Available
Albany TwinSat, Jul 29, 2017 3:50 PM Not Available
Film Info
Director(s):Joe Berlinger
Editor(s):Cy Christiansen
Cinematographer:Robert Richman
Producer:Joe Berlinger
Patrcia L. Glaser
Country:United States
Year of Production:2017
Running Time:115 min.
Premiere Status:West Coast Premiere
Special Events:Big Nights


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Twenty-five years after his film debut, Joe Berlinger is still no stranger to controversy. Berlinger’s powerful Crude (2009) highlighted Chevron’s wanton destruction of the Amazon rain forest, resulting in a corporate million dollar lawsuit that cost the filmmaker more than the entire budget of the film. His portrayal of the notorious Boston gangster in Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger (2014) methodically exposed corrupt misdeeds within the highest echelons of the American justice system. Intent to Destroy (2017) is Berlinger’s most complex film, a comprehensive chronicle of the Armenian Genocide that simultaneously takes on Turkey’s powerful denial machine; a painful erasure that has effectively silenced numerous U.S. presidents. Joe Berlinger’s creative collaboration with his filmmaking partner, the late Bruce Sinofsky, resulted in their seminal Brother’s Keeper (1992) and the unsparing Paradise Lost: The Child Murders of Robin Hood Hills (1996). The multiple-award-winning documentary Paradise Lost eventually spawned two sequels (the third in the series earned Berlinger and Sinofsky an Oscar nomination) and a highly publicized movement that was instrumental in bringing freedom for the wrongly convicted West Memphis Three. Berlinger has imbued all his documentary work with a compelling narrative drive often reserved for fiction storytelling, a singular style that informs all his films including his landmark behind the- scenes rock docs Metallica: Behind the Monster (2004) and Under African Skies (SFJFF 2012), Paul Simon’s moving journey back to his classic Graceland album.