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Bios

 

Amy Berg, Director

Amy Berg is a critically-acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning and Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker. She was nominated for an Academy Award® for her documentary DELIVER US FROM EVIL (2006) before she went on to direct WEST OF MEMPHIS, a documentary about the failure of the justice system in the West Memphis Three case. She worked in collaboration with producers Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, and the film premiered to rave reviews at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and was BAFTA nominated. Sony Pictures Classics released the film in Fall 2012.

Amy completed her first narrative feature, EVERY SECRET THING, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2014 and will be released theatrically in 2015. She is currently in production on several films at her company, Disarming Films, which includes a project about music legend Janis Joplin as well as PROPHET’S PREY, which was made in association with Showtime and Imagine Entertainment. Amy’s company, Disarming Films, writes and produces long-form documentaries focusing on social justice.

 

Brendan Walsh, Editor

Brendan Walsh recently completed his first feature editing credit on the indie thriller PRESERVATION (Tribeca Film Festival 2014). He was an additional editor on Wes Craven’s SCREAM 4 and edited the Fiona Apple music video “Hot Knife” after working as an assistant editor on Paul Thomas Anderson’s THERE WILL BE BLOOD and THE MASTER. He was most recently editing PROPHETS PREY.

 

Mark Harrison, Assistant Editor

Mark Harrison is an editor, musician, and filmmaker. He supports post-production at the Sundance Documentary Edit & Story Labs, and most recently was an associate editor for Prophet’s Prey.

 

Katherine LeBlond, Co-Producer

Katherine is a Producer with an artistic aesthetic, having originally started in the business as a set decorator.  A native of the Northwest, she has lived in Los Angeles for over 10 years.  She has worked with a broad list of award-winning and talented directors and producers, including Tony & Ridley Scott, Paul Reiser and Barbara Hall.  Katherine currently has several other projects in production with Disarming Films, including a documentary on Janis Joplin and PROPHETS PREY.

 

Jayne Goldsmith, Co-Producer

Jayne is a writer and producer based in Los Angeles.

 

David Serafin, Post Production Supervisor

David is a film and video tech-guru who handles the details you’d rather not think about.  Need to reverse the 3:2-pulldown on your NTSC telecine rushes?  Seeing bit depth truncation and gamma shifting when using RGB graphics in REC 709 video space?  David manages these kinds of technical hurdles while helping filmmakers and production companies to shoot, edit, and finalize projects for distribution.

David began working for Amy Berg on DELIVER US FROM EVIL. He has continued his relationship with Amy and Disarming Films, working on POLARIZED, BHUTTO, and WEST OF MEMPHIS.