Date:Thursday, October 27, 2016
Location: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115
Directors: Joe Berlinger & Bruce Sinofsky
Film Details: 104 min, 1992, USA, color
Director Joe Berlinger will attend in person for Q&A. Co-presented with the UMB Film Series.
DocYard season passes accepted for this screening!
Delbert, Bill, Lyman, and Roscoe Ward are illiterate bachelor brothers who never ventured beyond their 99-acre dairy farm in Central New York State. Known by their neighbors as “The Ward Boys”, the brothers shared a two-room shack with no running water or indoor toilet for as long as anyone could remember.
But their quiet life was shattered June 6, 1990, when Bill was found dead in the bed he shared with Delbert. By day’s end, Delbert had confessed to suffocating the ailing Bill as an act of mercy, but the local community believed Delbert was being framed. Delbert’s subsequent retraction, the village’s fervent belief in his innocence, and the national media attention visited upon a sleepy rural community make BROTHER’S KEEPER a real-life murder mystery that examines larger social issues such as euthanasia, the plight of the aging, rural poverty and the fairness of the American justice system.
The film provides a fascinating portrait of The Ward Brothers’ eccentric and time-warped existence as it clashes with the modern criminal justice system — from pre-trial courtroom drama to lively village fundraisers; from the initial media feeding frenzy to the explosive trial itself.
Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Joe Berlinger has been a leading voice in nonfiction film and television for two decades. Berlinger’s films include the landmark documentaries BROTHER’S KEEPER, PARADISE LOST, and METALLICA: SOME KIND OF MONSTER, a film that re-defined the rockumentary genre. CRUDE, about oil pollution in the Amazon Rainforest, won 22 human rights, environmental and film festival awards and recently triggered a high-profile First Amendment battle with oil-giant Chevron. Berlinger’s UNDER AFRICAN SKIES about the 25th Anniversary of Paul Simon’s Graceland album was nominated for three primetime Emmy awards after its 2012 Sundance Film Festival premiere, including Outstanding Nonfiction Special.
For Netflix and the newly created Business Week Films Berlinger recently directed and produced HANK: 5 YEARS FROM THE BRINK, a dissection of the actions taken by then Secretary of Treasury Hank Paulson to stave off a global meltdown during the financial collapse of 2008. Most recently Berlinger finished WHITEY: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. JAMES J. BULGER, a feature-length documentary produced by CNN Films and theatrically released by Magnolia in June 2014 following its premiere at this past year’s Sundance Film Festival. Berlinger’s film captures notorious crime boss Bulger’s recent sensational trial, using it as a springboard to explore allegations of corruption within the highest levels of law enforcement. Six of Berlinger’s documentary features have premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, earning three Grand Jury Prize nominations. He has also received multiple awards from the Directors Guild of America, the National Board of Review and the Independent Spirit Awards.
Bruce Sinofsky (March 31, 1956 – February 21, 2015) was an American documentary film director, particularly known for his films the PARADISE LOST trilogy, BROTHER’S KEEPER and SOME KIND OF MONSTER, all created with Joe Berlinger.
The first movie Sinofsky directed, in 1992, was BROTHER’S KEEPER.PARADISE LOST chronicles the inhabitants of a small southern town a year after a series of brutal murders, in a style similar to that of award-winning documentary filmmaker Errol Morris.
Sinofsky and Berlinger’s work used various styles, including a paean to cinéma vérité. METALLICA: SOME KIND OF MONSTER covers the heavy metal band Metallica as they participate in group therapy before recording their first album in five years. The pair also made a documentary on the southern record label for blues and country western artists, Sun Records called GOOD ROCKIN’ TONIGHT.
Sinofsky died on February 21, 2015 at the age of 58, from diabetes-related complications. (from Wikipedia)
Learn more about Bruce Sinofsky here.