James “Whitey” Bulger insists he was never an informant and professes his love for his imprisoned girlfriend during a telephone call with his lawyer that was recorded by a documentary film crew.
The rare audio of the 84-year-old former South Boston gangster is featured in “Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger,” a documentary by filmmaker Joe Berlinger that premieres Saturday at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. It will also be screened at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline on Jan. 30.
The documentary chronicles Bulger’s trial and explores his relationship with the FBI and the US Justice Department.
“The goal was not to give Bulger a platform per se, but rather for his views to be a catalyst to provoke conversation that the narrow scope of his trial prevented,” Berlinger said in a press release. “While some may view the recorded phone calls with Bulger and his defense attorney J.W. Carney Jr. as an apologia for Bulger, nothing could be further from the truth, as the film goes into significant detail about Bulger’s crimes and the impact on his victims, and we allow the prosecutors to refute Bulger’s claims.”
Bulger, who is serving two life prison terms at a high-security federal prison in Tucson for participating in 11 murders while running a sprawling criminal organization from the 1970s to the 1990s, never took the stand during his eight-week racketeering trial in Boston last summer.
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