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Emmy-Winning Director Dies

Feb 24, 2015  •  Post A Comment

An Emmy-winning documentary director, who also was nominated for an Academy Award, has died. CBS News reports that Bruce Sinofsky, whose “Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills” won an Emmy in 1997, died Saturday of complications from diabetes. He was 58.

Sinofsky’s “Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory” was nominated for an Oscar in 2012.

His death was announced by Joe Berlinger, Sinofsky’s longtime collaborator.

“Sinofsky and Berlinger drew praise and attention for their ‘Paradise Lost’ trilogy, a series of films about the case of three teenage boys convicted in 1994 of killing three boys in West Memphis, Arkansas,” the story reports. “The films, released in 1996, 2004 and 2011, raised questions about evidence used to convict the teens, who became known as the West Memphis Three.”

Sinofsky’s collaboration with Berlinger also resulted in the heavy metal documentary “Metallica: Some Kind of Monster.”

The members of Metallica released a statement on their webiste saying: “We lost a valued member of our family … as award winning filmmaker Bruce Sinofsky passed away. Smart, funny and dedicated, Bruce was with us almost every day in the early 2000’s and was an integral part of helping us to navigate the rough waters during those times. Although not very welcomed at times, he was there through some of the darkest times of Metallica.”


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