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IDA Documentary Screening Series 2016

20th Anniversary Screening of Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills

International Documentary Association

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 6:30 PM (EST)

20th Anniversary Screening of Paradise Lost: The Child...

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Alamo Drafthouse Downtown Brooklyn
445 Albee Square West
Brooklyn, NY 11201 (Map)


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The International Documentary Association and the new Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn present a 20th anniversary screening of one of the most captivating documentaries of all time, Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hillsdirected, produced, and edited by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky. This screening of a rare 35mm print will include a post-film Q&A with Director Joe Berlinger and Damien Echols of the West Memphis Three moderated by Liz Garbus (What Happened, Miss Simone?).

In 1993, the bodies of three eight-year-old boys were discovered in a West Memphis, Arkansas creek. Despite questionable evidence, three local teenagers—outcasts known for wearing black and listening to Metallica—were put on trial, vilified as Satanists, and eventually convicted for the murders.

The Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning Paradise Lost, the first film in what would become a documentary trilogy, is both a chilling epic crime story and a landmark of social activism. Berlinger and Sinofsky’s film represents their attempt to chronicle the unfolding saga in real time, with complete access to sources on both sides of the case. By combining its investigation with an intimate, transfixing portrait of a town torn apart by its response to a brutal tragedy, Paradise Lost changed the criminal justice landscape forever.

The New York Times called it "Mesmerizing… The fascination of detective fiction… True crime reporting at its most bitterly revealing." The Boston Globe called it "As complex and ambiguously shadowed as a good novel or fictional feature film... More satisfying than most feature [fiction] fare... Excellent."

Following the Q&A, have a drink and continue the conversation in the House of Wax bar located in the venue lobby.

Joe Berlinger

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.

Berlinger’s most recent film, TONY ROBBINS: I AM NOT YOUR GURU, a riveting vérité film that goes behind the scenes of renowned life and business strategist Tony Robbins and his mega once-a-year seminar “Date With Destiny,” premiered at SXSW 2016 and was released internationally by Netflix on July 15th, 2016. Also for Netflix and the newly created Business Week Films Berlinger 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. Shortly after, 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 2014. Berlinger’s film captures notorious crime boss Bulger’s sensational trial, using it as a springboard to explore allegations of corruption within the highest levels of law enforcement. The film was one of six Berlinger documentary features to have premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where he also earned three Grand Jury Prize nominations. Berlinger has received multiple awards from the Directors Guild of America, the National Board of Review and the Independent Spirit Awards.

Liz Garbus

Liz Garbus is a two-time Oscar Nominee, two-time Emmy Winner, Peabody Winner, Grammy Nominee, and DGA-Nominated director. Garbus’ most recent film, Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper (HBO) had its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival in January. Her previous film, What Happened, Miss Simone?, a Netflix original, was nominated for a 2016 Oscar for Best Documentary Feature, received a Peabody Award, and six Emmy nominations including Best Directing. It took home the Emmy Award for Best Documentary or Nonfiction Special. Miss Simone was the Opening Night Film of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, had its European premiere at the Berlinale, and was lauded by critics around the world. The film delves into the life of Nina Simone, drawing from more than 100 hours of never-before-heard audiotapes, rare concert footage, and archival interviews.

Past work includes Love, Marilyn, which was a Gala Premiere at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival and released worldwide by StudioCanal and HBO. In 2011 her Bobby Fischer Against the World opened the Premiere Documentary section of the Sundance Film Festival, and won a prestigious UK Grierson Award for Best Cinema Documentary and earned an Emmy nomination for Best Doc. Garbus’ first documentary film, The Farm: Angola, USA, won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, was awarded ten other festival and critics’ awards, and was nominated for an Oscar in 1998. Other films as director include There's Something Wrong with Aunt Diane (HBO, 2011), Girlhood (Wellspring, 2003), and as producer Street Fight (PBS, Oscar Nominated, 2005), Ghosts of Abu Ghraib (HBO, Emmy for Best Doc, 2007), and Killing in the Name (HBO, Oscar nominated, 2010).

Directions by Bus:

B54 - Myrtle Ave / Prince St. stop. Cross Flatbush Ave, make left on Gold Street
B38 - Dekalb Ave / Bond St. stop. Head NW on Dekalb Ave toward Fleet St, turn right on Albee Square W
B25, B26, B52 - Fulton St / Bond St stop. Head NW on Fulton St and right on Albee Square W.


Directions by Subway:

B, D, N, Q, R - Dekalb Ave. station. Head N on Flatbush Ave Ext, make left on Dekalb St, turn right on Albee Square W.
2, 3 - Take to Hoyt St station. Head SE on Fulton St toward Duffield St, turn left on Albee Square W.
4, 5 - Navins St station. Head NE on Flatbush Ave Ext, make left on Fulton St, turn right on Albee Square W.
A, C, G - Hoyte-Schermerhorn station. Head SE on Schermerhorn St toward Bond St, make left on Bond St, turn left on Fulton St, turn right on Albee Square W.

Citi Bike Docking Stations:

Fulton St & Bond St; Willoughby St & Fleet St; Dekalb St & Hudson Ave; Bond St & Schermerhorn St; Fulton St & Rockwell Pl; Willoughby St & Duffield St; Willoughby St & Lawrence St; Schermerhorn St & Lafayette Ave

Special support provided by:
  The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences HFPA  
Members and Supporters of the IDA

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Alamo Drafthouse Downtown Brooklyn
445 Albee Square West
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 6:30 PM (EST)

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Founded in 1982, the International Documentary Association (IDA) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that promotes nonfiction filmmakers, and is dedicated to increasing public awareness for the documentary genre. Our major program areas are: Advocacy, Filmmaker Services, Education, and Public Programs and Events.

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