WHITEY: United States of America v. James J. Bulger
Doc Premieres


2014, 130 minutes, color & b/w, U.S.A.

Infamous gangster James “Whitey” Bulger wielded a mystique as the Robin Hood of South Boston. Fabricated in his hometown, Bulger’s legend captured the imagination of the entire country. Separating the man from the myth, this riveting documentary challenges conventional wisdom by detailing shocking new allegations.

With unprecedented access, filmmaker Joe Berlinger utilizes this past summer's sensational trial against Bulger as a springboard to explore corruption within the highest levels of law enforcement. Embedded for months with retired FBI agents, Massachusetts state police, victims, lawyers, gangsters, journalists, and federal prosecutors, Berlinger scrutinizes Bulger’s relationship with the FBI and Department of Justice—an interaction that allowed him to reign over a criminal empire for decades.

Academy Award nominee Berlinger returns to the Sundance Film Festival for the sixth time with this mesmerizing and complex account of crime and corruption. WHITEY: United States of America v. James J. Bulger relates a universal tale of human frailty, opportunism, and deception and reveals the often-elusive nature of truth and justice.

Director: Joe Berlinger

Executive Producers: Sidney Beaumont, Amy Entelis, Jon Kamen, Vinnie Malhotra, Dave O'Connor, Justin Wilkes

Producers: Joe Berlinger, Caroline Suh

Associate Producers: Julia Reagan, Courtney Sexton

Cinematographer: Robert Richman

Editors: Joshua Pearson, Alex Horwitz

Composer: Wendy Blackstone

About the Director

Academy Award- and seven-time Emmy Award–nominated and Peabody Award–winning filmmaker Joe Berlinger's films include the landmark documentaries Brother’s Keeper, which won the documentary Audience Award at the 1992 Sundance Film Festival; the Paradise Lost trilogy; and Metallica: Some Kind of Monster. Crude, about oil pollution in the Amazon, won 22 human-rights, environmental, and festival awards. Under African Skies was nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards. Recently Berlinger completed Hank: 5 Years from the Brink for Netflix. WHITEY is his sixth film to premiere at Sundance.


1/18/2014 2:30 pm
The MARC, Park City
1/19/2014 9:30 pm
Redstone Cinema 1, Park City
1/20/2014 6:00 pm
Salt Lake City Library Theatre, SLC
1/22/2014 6:30 pm
Peery's Egyptian Theater, Ogden
1/25/2014 9:00 pm
Holiday Village Cinema 2, Park City