Oscar-nominated documentarian Amy Berg has taken viewers behind the stories of a convicted priest (“Deliver Us From Evil”), Hollywood sex abuse scandals (“An Open Secret”) and the West Memphis Three (“West of Memphis”), and now she’s at it again in her latest film “Prophet’s Prey,” set to premiere Monday at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in the Documentary Premieres section.
Berg’s new documentary explores the life and crimes of Warren Jeffs, the president and self-proclaimed prophet of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS). As a cult leader, Jeffs bridged the gap between sister wives and justified rape, blurring the moral compass of his entire congregation. By the time of his his arrest in 2006, Jeffs was on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List. He is currently serving a life sentence after being convicted of multiple counts of sexual assault of a child.
In the exclusive clip below, Berg interviews “Under the Banner of Heaven” author Jon Krakauer, who recounts his unusual encounter with Jeffs’ polygamous cult during a drive through Utah.
“Prophet’s Prey” was produced and developed by Showtime under their Sho:Close Up banner, along with Sundance title “Listen to Me Marlon.” Showtime also has acquired “Dreamcatcher” out of Sundance, as well.
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