Amy Berg is a critically acclaimed, Oscar and Emmy-nominated, documentary filmmaker. Her first film, DELIVER US FROM EVIL, was nominated for an Academy Award and a DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary in 2007. She went on to direct WEST OF MEMPHIS in collaboration with producers Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh. The film premiered to rave reviews at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, was BAFTA nominated, and won the WGA Documentary Screenplay Award. Sony Pictures Classics released the film in Fall 2012.
In 2013, Amy’s psychological thriller EVERY SECRET THING (starring Diane Lane, Dakota Fanning, Elizabeth Banks, Common, and then newcomer Danielle MacDonald) was purchased by IFC. She then directed a documentary about the exploitation and sexual abuse of young actors , AN OPEN SECRET, followed by an introspective look at a religious cult: PROPHET’S PREY, made in association with Showtime and Imagine Entertainment, which premiered at Sundance and was released theatrically in fall 2015.
Her project about music legend Janis Joplin, JANIS: LITTLE GIRL BLUE, premiered at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals followed by a theatrical release in fall 2015. The film was an international success with a wide global release.
Amy’s company, Disarming Films, has been producing long form documentary features and docuseries for broadcast for over a decade. Her highly anticipated series THE CASE AGAINST ADNAN SYED for HBO was released in April of 2019 and the second season of DOGS is coming soon to Netflix. Disarming Films has now branched out to producing films within the documentary community, with the first release WE ARE: THE BROOKLYN SAINTS which aired on Netflix in January.
— The New York TimesPutting a bow on revelations that HBO has called 'groundbreaking.'
— IndieWireThe order in which the episodes play feels deliberate in building emotional engagement and complexity, adding in a meditative and humorous breather in the middle, and then finishing with what feels like a call to action.
— The New York TimesThe film sustains a double vision of both the child and the hard-living folk-blues mama Joplin became.