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Filmmaker Bruce Sinofsky has died aged 58.
The Oscar-nominated documentary maker behind the Paradise Lost trilogy died on Saturday (February 21) through complications related to diabetes.
"Bruce encouraged both of us to throw caution into the wind to start capturing what would become Brother's Keeper in 1991 with no money in our pockets, in the pre-video 16mm age of documentary-making, when making a no-budget film took a little more ingenuity to get in the can," Sinofsky's best friend and regular collaborator Joe Berlinger said in a statement.
"His unique combination of courage and empathy made that possible, as well as everything that came after for us.
"The extraordinary adventures we had on the road and the deeply stimulating experiences we had in the editing room were life-changing for all of us who knew him thanks to his wisdom and fervor to change the world."
Having spent 30 years producing documentaries, Sinofsky was behind the »
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February 21, 2015 American Documentary Filmmaker Bruce Sinofsky Dies at 58
Bruce Sinofsky, who with Joe Berlinger made the celebrated Paradise Lost trilogy along with Metallica: Some Kind of Monster and Brother's Keeper, passed away this morning after a longtime struggle with diabetes. He was 58 years old.
Joe Berlinger contacted us with the news via email, and offered the following tribute:
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Oscar-nominated filmmaker Bruce Sinofsky passed away at the age of 58 on Saturday morning. The news was confirmed by longtime collaborator Joe Berlinger. Bruce Sinofsky reportedly died from complications of diabetes, but there are no further details at this time.
Bruce Sinofsky spent the past thirty years as a documentary director, helping to create some of the most important true-life films of the past three decades. He is best known for co-directing Metallica: Some Kind of Monster with Joe Berlinger, which looks at the band as they go through relationship counseling while trying to create a new album. Both Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky are also created with helping to free the West Memphis Three with their Paradise Lost documentary trilogy, which helped uncover evidence in the case against three wrongly convicted men accused of child murder. The final chapter in this harrowing saga, Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, earned both Joe Berlinger »
Bruce Sinofsky, one-half of the Emmy Award-winning documentarian team behind films like Metallica: Some Kind of Monster and the West Memphis Three trilogy Paradise Lost, passed away in his sleep Saturday morning following complications from diabetes, his filmmaking partner Joe Berlinger told Variety. He was 58.
"[Sinofsky's] unique combination of courage and empathy made that possible, as well as everything that came after for us," Berlinger told Variety. "The extraordinary adventures we had on the road and the deeply stimulating experiences we had in the editing room were life-changing for all of »
"Devastated to report death of my best friend and #documentary partner Bruce Sinofsky this morning," tweeted Joe Berlinger earlier today. "Details to follow. Great man, sad day #Rip." Sinofsky, winner of a Directors Guild of America Award, two Emmys, a Peabody and an Independent Spirit Award, began his career as a senior editor for Maysles Films. Among the projects he directed on his own are Good Rockin' Tonight: The Legacy of Sun Records for PBS/American Masters and episodes of the Sundance Channel series Iconoclasts. But he'll most likely be remembered for his work with Berlinger, the Paradise Lost trilogy, Brother's Keeper and Metallica: Some Kind of Monster. » - David Hudson »
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Bruce Sinofsky, whose films included the “Paradise Lost” trilogy chronicling the infamous legal trials of the so-called West Memphis Three, died Saturday following a long battle with complications from diabetes. He was 58. Sinofsky was nominated for an Oscar for 2011’s “Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory,” His other credits include the documentary “Metallica: Some Kind of Monster” and “Good Rockin’ Tonight: The Legacy of Sun Records.” In addition to the Oscar nomination, Sinofsky won two Emmys, a Peabody and an Independent Spirit Award. Also Read: Hollywood’s Notable Deaths of 2015 (Photos) Sinofsky has been making documentaries for thirty years, often in collaboration. »
- Tim Kenneally
Sinofsky covered a range of topics in his career — from heavy metal to murder cases.
He is best known for the “Paradise Lost” trilogy, a series of films he made with Berlinger about the West Memphis Three, a group of teenagers convicted, despite a lack of evidence, of murdering and sexually mutilating three prepubescent boys. Prosecutors claimed the children were killed as part of a satanic court ritual. Those films helped draw attention to miscarriages of justice associated with their trial and conviction. A number of celebrities including Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, Henry Rollins and Johnny Depp also rallied to the cause.
- Brent Lang
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