‘Metallica: Some Kind of Monster’ co-director Bruce Sinofsky dies, aged 58

Filmmaker passes away from complications stemming from diabetes

Bruce Sinofsky, one-half of the documentarian duo behind Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, has died. He was 58.

Sinofsky passed away in his sleep on Saturday morning (February 21) from complications stemming from diabetes. His filmmaking partner, Joe Berlinger, confirmed the news in a statement released to Variety.

“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.

As well as the 2004 film Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, Sinofsky is best known for the Paradise Lost trilogy, a series of films released between 1996 and 2011 about the West Memphis Three, a group of teenagers convicted of the murder and sexual mutilation of three prepubescent boys. He and Berlinger won an Emmy for their work on the first instalment, Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills.

In his statement, Berlinger recalled how Sinofsky urged him to work on their debut film, 1992’s Brother’s Keeper, despite their lack of professional equipment and financial backing.

“His unique combination of courage and empathy made that possible, as well as everything that came after for us,” Berlinger said. “The extraordinary adventures we had on the road and the deeply stimulating experiences we had in the editing room were life-changing for all of us who knew him thanks to his wisdom and fervour to change the world.”