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The 2019 MovieMaker Sundance Survey: Eleven Sundance-Selected Films, and Their Mountain-Bound Makers

The 2019 MovieMaker Sundance Survey: Eleven Sundance-Selected Films, and Their Mountain-Bound Makers


Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (Premieres)

Who: Joe Berlinger, director

Logline: The story of Ted Bundy told through the perspective of his longtime girlfriend, Liz, who refused to believe the truth about him for years.

The first spark of an idea for this movie came when: my agent Michael Cooper sent me the script thinking it would grab my attention. He was right. I’ve spent decades advocating for the wrongfully convicted—people who are innocent, but whom nobody believes. I thought it would be interesting to make a film about the opposite phenomenon—a guilty person who everyone believes is innocent due to his charming personality and dapper appearance.

My favorite scene (or shot) in the film is: the final confrontation between Ted and Liz when Ted is on death row. It’s the whole reason I made the movie.

An audience watching my film probably won’t know that: I adopted the dog used in the courthouse jump scene and took him back to New York with me from Kentucky where we shot the movie.

The most interesting, weirdest or most difficult location we shot at was: an abandoned prison on the top five floors of a building in Covington, Kentucky. Cold, drafty, and possibly haunted. It was eerie.

A darling I had to kill along the way was: we had to dump an amazing opening title sequence featuring a song by Chicago that captured the mood of the period perfectly. We ultimately decided it would be more effective to save the title of the film until the very end, plus the song was too expensive to clear.

When I heard we got into Sundance I: immediately booked my housing, because I know how difficult that can be. And then my wife and I did a dance around the house.

Joe Berlinger, director of Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. Photograph by Henry Garfunkel, courtesy of Sundance Institute

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    beetv hd

    January 30, 2019 at 4:39 am

    I am happy that I have also participated in that and to be one of the applicants.

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