The feud began with an email Berlinger sent to Sealey, after noticing interviews in which she discussed Bundy’s glorification in American culture. In those interviews, he felt that she compared her film favorably to other facts about the infamous serial killer, including two of her own, implying that past films had contributed to Bundy’s idolatry, unlike the his.
“Forgive the unsolicited advice, but after reading some of your interviews about your film Bundy, I feel compelled to tell you that demolishing my work to promote yours is a steep slope and intellectually dishonest and deeply offensive,” Berlinger said. in the email, which you can read in full below. “My work has brought wrongly convicted people out of prison; changed the laws and has racial prejudices [policies] in prison; led to the recognition by the US Congress of the Armenian Genocide, among other social justice efforts – so you promote your film by saying that my glorified film Bundy is deeply offensive. I wish you the best with the film but don’t promote it at my expense.
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Emmy winner and Oscar nominee, Berlinger has completed two Bundy projects in recent years, including Netflix docuseries Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes. The last, Extremely mean, incredibly evil and vile, is a scripted version of Bundy’s story, in which Zac Efron plays the murderer.
After receiving Berlinger’s email, Sealey shared it via his official Instagram page. “I received this unsolicited email this morning. Thanks for the support, Joe, ”she captioned. “We have an extra ticket for you to the #NoManOfGod premiere tonight if you want to see the movie for yourself and we can discuss it further in person openly?” Because I felt like you were just trying to make me feel shit right before my screening. Have a nice day. #femalefilmmakerfriday #bundyisdivisive »
In a statement obtained by Deadline, Sealey says she found Berlinger’s first email “quite shocking.”
“I never mentioned his name or his films in any of my press interviews, so it was dishonest of him to say that I was trashing his films,” she wrote. “His name appeared once in a podcast that I don’t even believe he heard, but never in trades or press interviews, I didn’t say anything about his films in particular. There have been 20 movies made on Bundy and I was surprised that he took my comments so personally.
It is not known if there was a single interview, in support of No man of god, which particularly irritated Berlinger. Sealey says that in the interviews she has simply tried to convey what her film brings to Bundy’s tale, compared to those that came before it. “I feel like my film is saying something new and I shouldn’t have to feel ashamed or silenced by not commenting on how I think my film is different from the ones that came before it.” , she wrote. “In every interview I have done, I have been asked ‘why another Bundy movie? ‘ because that is of course the obvious question. That he wants me not to answer that question is fallacious of him.
In a statement obtained by Deadline, Berlinger maintained his original email, questioning the motivations behind Sealey’s comment in the press. “Promote his film on the rape and murder of women by demolishing my film [Extremely Wicked] which was designed to be a victim-focused film on the psychology of betrayal and deception, made with the full support of victim Liz Kendall, played by Lily Collins, and was supported by other victims of the crimes of Bundy who felt intellectually dishonest, ”he wrote. “In a private email, I thoughtfully shared my feelings with Amber. His posting of this private email is as self-promotional as his comments on my film.
“There is room for many takes on a subject, and I wish him the best,” Berlinger continued. “It’s a miracle that a movie is being made these days – so demolishing other people’s work to promote yours is not how filmmakers should treat each other. Remember, she made it public, not me. Mine was a private email.
In her statement, Sealey claimed that she only shared Berlinger’s email in a public forum because it looked like an attempt to “shame” and “shut up” her.
“I felt like he wanted to let me know that he was big and important and that he wanted to educate me. I felt like this was a more important conversation than him and me, and I wanted to invite him to see my movie and then talk openly with me, ”she wrote. “Of course Joe wants his email to be private – he felt the intimidation, that he was ashamed, listed his distinctions and tried to hurt someone he didn’t know and still didn’t have.” saw the movie. I feel like this is a bigger conversation than the two of us.
Sealey’s bedroom play, starring Elijah Wood and Luke Kirby, was acquired by RLJE Films in May. It examines the complicated relationship between serial killer Ted Bundy (Luke Kirby) and Bill Hagmaier (Wood), the notorious FBI analyst who was sent to profile him, during his final years on death row. Berlinger’s next project, as a director, is the documentary Raising Hell : Les visions de Clive Barker. As a producer, he also has several ongoing projects, including two documentaries, titled Combustion and On the other side of the glass.
Sealey’s Instagram post, containing Berlinger’s email, can be found below.