Award winning filmmaker Bruce Sinofsky, who, along with Joe Berlinger, brought us Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster in 2004, has passed away at the age of 58.
“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,” Metallica writes in a statement. “Although not very welcomed at times, he was there through some of the darkest times of Metallica. He became a dedicated comfort and visual lifeboat, while objectively observing the unraveling and rebuilding of our inner and outer selves.”
Berlinger tells Variety that Sinofsky died Saturday (Feb 21st) morning in his sleep from complications of diabetes.
“Bruce’s humanity is on every frame of the films that he leaves behind, and words can’t express how graced I feel my life has been by having the extraordinary opportunity of being able to say we were partners and, more importantly, best friends,” Berlinger said.
“Although not very welcomed at times, he was there through some of the darkest times of Metallica.”
Before Some Kind Of Monster, Sinofsky won an Emmy for co-directing 1996’s Paradise Lost and a Directors Guild Award for teaming with Berlinger on 1992’s Brother’s Keeper, which looked at an elderly man accused of murdering his brother.
Their work inspired the band to hire the filmmakers to document the recording sessions of what became St. Anger and ultimately the Some Kind Of Monster film companion.
“We admired Bruce and Joe’s work in Brother’s Keeper, but of course were blown away by what Bruce and Joe accomplished with the Paradise Lost trilogy of films,” Metallica states. “With their relentless work and attention to detail, Bruce and Joe’s films drew attention to the miscarriages of justice associated with the trial of three teens accused of murder and helped to lead to their eventual release from prison after over 18 years behind bars.”
Sinofsky’s post Monster credits include episodes of the Sundance Channel series Iconoclasts, an installment of History’s 10 Days that Unexpectedly Changed America, Oprah’s Master Class: Civil Rights Special and numerous other film and television projects.
A memorial service for Sinofsky is set for March.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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