WEST OF MEMPHIS
AMY BERG (DIRECTOR/SCREENWRITER)
Amy Berg is an Oscar-nominated filmmaker known for her 2006 award-winning debut
documentary feature DELIVER US FROM EVIL. The film tells the true story of Catholic priest
Oliver O'Grady, who admitted to having molested and raped approximately 25 children in
Northern California between the late 1970s and early 1990s. DELIVER US FROM EVIL,
distributed theatrically by Lionsgate, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best
Documentary Feature and was the recipient of several awards including the WGA Best
Documentary, the New York Film Critics Circle Best Documentary. The film also received Best
Documentary at the 2006 Los Angeles Film Festival where it had its world premiere.
Continuing her work to shed light on child sex abuse, Berg also created a 2-part PSA campaign
for the RAINN network in 2009 that was used to extend the statute of limitations on sexual abuse
in many states. The campaign featured Christina Ricci, Kevin Bacon, Dylan McDermott and
Gabrielle Union and aired nationwide.
Berg's follow-up project to DELIVER US FROM EVIL, was POLARIZED, one of the spotlight
films for Al Gore's Live Earth Campaign. POLARIZED premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film
Festival. The film explores consumer habits and their contribution to the decline of the planet,
illustrated through the lens of a small Inuit village in Northern Alaska, Shishmaref, that is on the
verge of collapse due to warmer temperatures and melting permafrost.
Berg also produced BHUTTO, a documentary feature that played at Sundance 2010. The film is
a serious look at Pakistan and the issues faced as a result of the coup d'etat that took Zulfikar Ali
Bhutto away from his people and how this affected the country. BHUTTO was released
theatrically in 2010.
Prior to DELIVER US FROM EVIL, Amy produced documentary segments for CNN
Investigations and the CBS News program 30 MINUTES OF SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT. Her work at
CBS News earned her Emmy Awards in 2003 and 2004. Berg's reports delved into a variety of
topics, including: sexual assault, women in prison, clergy abuse, battered women, unsafe public
playgrounds, poverty, illegal drug dispersion, illicit medical doctors and toxic pollutants. She has
also produced stories on important issues relating to parenting, social welfare and innovative
science and medical breakthroughs.
Prior to working at CBS, Berg researched and developed stories for Silver Creek Entertainment,
a producer of segments for ABC News. Many aired on GOOD MORNING AMERICA, 20/20, and EXTRA. In addition, she has written numerous articles for the National Organization For
Women, the Jewish Journal and a number of monthly and weekly periodicals in America and
In 2005, Amy launched Disarming Films to produce long-form documentaries for theatrical
release. Amy Berg is currently in development on her first narrative feature and is also working
on a political documentary scheduled to go into production in early 2012.
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