Zev Berman

Los Angeles

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Zev Berman is an award-winning filmmaker known for his visceral style that mixes strong performances with action and stunning visuals.

As a Directing Fellow at the American Film Institute, his first year work earned him the Elizabeth and Ernest Shenkin Fellowship in Filmmaking. His MFA thesis film, Angelmaker, starring Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men, West Wing) was nominated for a Student Academy Award and went on to play festivals around the world, including Slamdance.

Zev's critically acclaimed first feature, Plain Dirty - a Southern noir starring Dominique Swain, Henry Thomas, and Karen Allen - won festival awards for Best Feature and Best Screenplay before being acquired by Universal for a Showtime premier. The film has since been distributed both domestically and internationally on Cable, Pay-Per-View, and DVD.

Zev went on to co-write and direct the true crime thriller Borderland for Lionsgate. The film is loosely based on the Matamoros Cult Killings of 1989 and stars an international cast lead by Brian Presley, Rider Strong, Jake Muxworthy, and Sean Astin. Borderland was released domestically in theaters across the country in 2007 before getting rolled out on DVD, Blu-ray, and Pay-per-view. As a companion piece to Borderland, Zev produced the documentary Rituales de Sangre for Lionsgate's FEARnet, that explores the true story on which the film is loosely based.

Currently, Zev has several new projects in development, including the western revenge drama Three Shades of Black, which he is working on with producer Lauren Vilchik.

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