I felt like the universe was tapping me on the shoulder saying, "You're the guy who has to tell this story because nobody else is."— Joe Berlinger
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Life is much more complex than the black-and-white sound bites that you get on television. There are nuances and shades of gray.
I'm an observer in life, not a participant.
That's why I'm a documentarian who looks through a camera. I'm not a touchy-feely person; I'm not a seminar person.
You have to remain open to the situation that you're filming otherwise you might miss the story.
If a concert film is an experience of the musicianship without critiquing it, then this, too, is dropping you into a world and letting you experience it.
What you hope, what you're trusting the filmmaker to do, is to capture the emotional truth of the situation.
I actually have come to believe that if people were more connected to their fellow human beings, if we all felt more centred and fulfilled in our lives, maybe we would be pointing our cameras at a lot less social ills.
If people spend two hours thinking about the direction of their own lives and can relate to the stories they see on screen, to me that's a success.
I like to blow up stereotypes, like taking the icons of metal, the epitome of male testosterone and showing them as regular people.
The world is watching, and you better be fair.
Any documentary; any capturing of a non-fiction event, is a hyper-realistic condensation of reality that hopefully reveals an emotional truth. It's never the actual literal truth of an event.
I never believe I'm presenting objective reality;
I also don't want to delude people into thinking that my subject is talking directly to them.
I mean, "The Jinx" is an amazing piece of cinema and amazing television moment, it`s rare documentarians can feel the direct impact of their work.
Chevron has wrapped itself in some pretty good arguments that make you scratch your head. The moral responsibility is certainly at its door. I leave it to other people to figure out whether there's legal responsibility.
I don`t know the facts surrounding Andrew Jarecki`s work.
I think it`s a triumph of television. But it does raise troubling issues that I think we as a documentary community, you know, need to address.
The filmmaker is not telling you what to think.
I'm a filmmaker who is known for these ambiguous portraits that tell multiple sides of the story without really telling the audience what to think.
The Metallica film was like this incredible life experience where I learned the most through guys that stereotypically you would think couldn't offer much to you. That's what I love about the film: It explodes your stereotype of them - they're not just a bunch of lugheads banging on the guitar.
One of the great ironies of my career is that people imagine me as some sort of hardcore metal guy because of the Metallica film.
My attitude is, I am not a lawyer; I am not a doctor; I am not a scientist. I am a filmmaker and I want to present what each side is saying and let the viewer come to their own conclusion.
There`s a fine line between balanced journalism and trial by television.