Joe Berlinger

Director and Producer

Joe Berlinger is an Academy Award and seven-time Emmy nominated filmmaker. His landmark documentaries include the Paradise Lost trilogy, Brother’s Keeper, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, and Crude, a film about pollution in the Amazon rainforest that won 22 awards.

In addition to Intent to Destroy, Berlinger recently completed a documentary about Tony Robbins, as well as Killing Richard Glossip, a chilling investigation of a former motel manager sentenced to die for orchestrating a murder that he swears he had nothing to do with. Upcoming projects include a true crime series based on Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood and a feature film starring Zac Efron.

Throughout his varied career, Berlinger has brought to his films a talent for dogged investigation and a deep respect for the human condition.

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Eric Esrailian


Eric Esrailian is the co-manager and lead producer for Survival Pictures, where he helped produce and develop “The Promise,” as well as the upcoming documentary “Intent to Destroy.” With his team at Survival, Eric continues the mission of his mentor, the late businessman and humanitarian Kirk Kerkorian, to create unique content that furthers human rights and benefits the public.

Eric is also a leading physician based at UCLA, serving on the faculty of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and as the Co-Chief of the Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases. He has served as a board member and advisor to numerous medical and philanthropic organizations, including the XPRIZE, UCLA Health and the UC Chancellor’s office, the Hammer Museum, the Armenian General Benevolent Union, LA2024 (LA’s Olympic bid team), and the Medical Board of California.

Through his work in entertainment, health care, philanthropy, and education, Eric Esrailian has built a unique career bridging the arts and social impact.

Chip Rosenbloom


Chip Rosenbloom is a filmmaker and composer. Rosenbloom’s independent production companies have been instrumental in the development and production of 30 feature films over the past two decades including the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival selection DREAM/KILLER, Sundance award-winning documentary FUEL, WB’s SHILOH family films, and Sony Pictures’ THE CALL.

Born in NYC. Business is in Los Angeles. Graduate of USC film school.

Bob Richman

Director of Cinematography

Bob Richman began his film career working with vérité pioneers Albert and David Maysles, quickly transitioning from production assistant to camera assistant then operator. Finally he made the leap to director of photography on Maysles’ Umbrellas, which chronicled artist Christo’s installation of three thousand umbrellas north of Los Angeles and Tokyo.

Today, Richman is an Emmy nominated cinematographer and has photographed many of the highest acclaimed documentaries of the past twenty years including: Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky’s Paradise Lost Trilogy and Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, Joe Berlinger’s Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger and Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru, Davis Guggenheim’s An Inconvenient Truth and Waiting for Superman, Nathaniel Kahn’s My Architect, RJ Cutler’s The September Issue, Oprah’s Master Class and most recently, Intent to Destroy, Joe Berlinger’s 13th documentary, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

In 2009 Bob Richman received the cinematography award at the Sundance Film Festival for his work on The September Issue.

Cy Christiansen

Writer and Editor

Intent To Destroy: Death, Denial & Depiction is Cy Christiansen’s second feature film with director Joe Berlinger following the Netflix feature Tony Robbins:  I’m Not Your Guru.  He has worked with Joe on television series The System with Joe Berlinger and Killing Richard Glossip. Cy has spent over a decade at Radical Media dedicated to the art and craft of documentary storytelling on award winning programs such as Masterclass, Britney For The Record and PBS Great Performances. Hailing originally from the City of Brotherly Love Cy studied film at NYU and lives in NYC.

Serj Tankian

Original Score

Serj Tankian is a singer, poet, songwriter, visual artist, activist and composer. He planted his professional roots as the lead singer and co-songwriter of the rock band System Of A Down, which has released five studio albums and won a Grammy® award in 2006. Tankian has since released five solo albums and focused on creating musical scores and compositions for film and video game projects. His most recent credits include recording a modern version of the Armenian folk song “Sari Siroun Yar” for the film The Promise, and composing the full musical score for Intent To Destroy.

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