Amy J. Berg

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Amy J. Berg (born October 13, 1970) is an American film maker best known for her Academy Award-nominated documentary Deliver Us from Evil (2006). Deliver Us from Evil is about sex abuse cases in the Roman Catholic Church, focusing on Oliver O'Grady, who abused many children in California between the late 1970s and early 1990s.[1] Berg has also directed the 10-minute-long documentary film Polarized (2007) for Al Gore's Live Earth Pledge. Her most recent film, West of Memphis (2012), produced by Peter Jackson and Damien Echols, documents the story of the West Memphis Three, who were convicted as teenagers of the 1993 murder of three boys in West Memphis, Arkansas.[2] The film has received critical acclaim and won numerous awards at film festivals, including the Sundance Film Festival, where the film premiered in January 2012, and the Toronto International Film Festival.

Born to an American Jewish family,[2][3] Berg grew up in the San Fernando Valley and lives in Santa Monica, California.[4]

As of April 2014, Berg is in pre-production for Every Secret Thing, a narrative feature film produced by Frances McDormand and Anthony Bregman, and starring Diane Lane and Elizabeth Banks.[5]

In 2014 Content Film has boarded Berg's new documentary about Janis Joplin and will be looking to introduce the film to buyers at Cannes. The film is called Janis: Little Girl Blue and follows Joplin during her performing years at Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, Woodstock Festival in 1969 and Festival Express in 1970, and it will also include interviews with family, friends and rock star contemporaries.[6]



  1. ^ Guccione, Jean (May 11, 2005). "A Glimpse at the Mind of a Pedophile". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-07-21. 
  2. ^ a b Mann, Iris (November 21, 2012). "Holiday films that provoke, (and Some Just for Fun)". The Jewish Journal. Retrieved 2013-07-21. 
  3. ^ Pfefferman, Naomi (October 12, 2006). "Movie on pedophile priest puts a face on evil". The Jewish Journal. Retrieved 2008-08-11. 
  4. ^ "IndieWire Interview: Amy Berg, director of "Deliver Us From Evil" ". IndieWire. October 12, 2006. Archived from the original on 2008-12-02. 
  5. ^ "X-Men director's sex abuse accuser is working with Oscar-nominated filmmaker on bombshell expose of Hollywood's sordid underbelly". April 18, 2014. Retrieved April 19, 2014. 
  6. ^ "CANNES: Content Boards Amy Berg’s Janis Joplin Documentary". May 1, 2014. Retrieved May 1, 2014. 

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