crime and corruption take centre stage
Video Services Corp.
WHITEY: United States of America v. James J. Bulger
Directed by Joe Berlinger
Opens July 4 in
Vancouver – VanCity Theatre – 1181 Seymour St
Toronto – The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema – 506 Bloor ST. W,
2014 AFI Docs Film Festival
2014 Hot Docs
2014 Full Frame Film Festival
2014 Sheffield Doc/Fest
“Like five seasons of The Wire distilled into one epic episode.” – Globe and Mail
“A chilling, immediate true-crime story.” – NOW
“Will stick with you long after it’s over.” – Dork Shelf
After thrilling audiences at Hot Docs, WHITEY: United States of America v. James J. Bulger returns to Canada Friday, July 4 at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema in Toronto and VanCity Theatre in Vancouver.
Whitey captures the sensational trial of infamous gangster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, using the legal proceedings as a springboard to explore allegations of corruption within the highest levels of law enforcement.
Embedded for months with Federal Prosecutors, retired FBI and State Police, victims, lawyers, gangsters and journalists, Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Berlinger (Paradise Lost) examines Bulger’s relationship with the FBI and Department of Justice that allowed him to reign over a criminal empire in Boston for decades.
Pulling back the curtain on long-held Bulger mythology, the film challenges conventional wisdom by detailing shocking new allegations. With unprecedented access, Berlinger’s latest crime documentary offers a universal tale of human frailty, opportunism, deception, and the often elusive nature of truth and justice.
“I’ve been fascinated by the Bulger saga because I can’t think of another contemporary criminal who has passed into the cultural myth-making machine the way Bulger has,” says Berlinger. You say “Whitey” and many people know exactly who Whitey is. This was an opportunity to separate the man from the myth, and to understand who he was and how he operated.”
About Joe Berlinger
Academy Award -nominated filmmaker Joe Berlinger has been a leading voice in nonfiction film and television for two decades. Berlingerʼs films include the landmark documentaries Brother’s Keeper, Paradise Lost, and Metallica: Some Kind of Monster. Six of Berlingerʼs documentary features, including Whitey have premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. He has also received multiple awards from the Directors Guild of America, the National Board of Review and the Independent Spirit Awards. In addition to his feature documentary work, Berlinger, a two-time Emmy and Peabody winner (and five additional Emmy nominations), has created many hours of television as both a producer and director, including the Emmy -winning History Channel series 10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America and the Emmy-nominated Gray Matter for Cinemax. Joe Berlinger is a member of the DGA, the WGA, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the National Board of Review.
About Video Services Corp.
Founded in 1993 by former rock critic Jonathan Gross, Video Services Corp. (VSC) is a leading independent all platform film distributor with offices in Toronto and Los Angeles. VSC’s DVD catalogue includes “Corner Gas,” Sharknado, “Comedy Now! Starring Russell Peters” and “Spectacle: Elvis Costello With….” Recent theatrical releases include Union Square, with Oscar® winner Mira Sorvino, Alan Partridge, starring Steve Coogan, and the Israeli horror sensation Big Bad Wolves. VSC has an eclectic 2014 slate that features Cannes Selection Life Itself, Frank starring Michael Fassbender and the horror film Honeymoon.