Berg, Levy come to 'America'

By Gregg Goldstein
NEW YORK -- Oscar-nominated "Deliver Us From Evil" director Amy Berg is teaming with screenwriter Micky Levy to script her first narrative feature, the biopic "This Is Not America," which she plans to bring to the big screen..

Berg, who won the best documentary screenplay WGA Award for "Evil," is now working with Levy to tell the story of a Yupi'k American Indian girl taken from her Alaskan family in the 1960s and sent to a series of foster care homes in a government-run "Americanization" campaign.

Berg discovered the woman (who prefers to remain anonymous) in 2002 while working as a CNN investigative writer-producer. "CNN never wanted to do the segment," said Berg, who soon became sidetracked making the pedophile docu "Deliver." Berg recently returned to the project and purchased rights to the woman's life story. She now plans to direct "America" through her production company, Disarming Films.

In a true case of six degrees of Kevin Bacon, Bacon was starring in Levy's first produced screenplay, "Rails & Ties," and told Berg about the script. "It broke my heart and blew me away," said Berg, who contacted Levy to collaborate on the new project.

"Ties" is a drama about a train engineer (Bacon) whose wife (Marcia Gay Harden) is dying of cancer. The husband faces more tragedy when a suicidal woman stops her car in front of his train, leading her son to seek vengeance. "It's a comedy," deadpanned Levy, who published poetry in her native Israel before her big break in Hollywood. "Ties" will be released through Warner Independent Pictures.

Berg is represented by Endeavor and Craig Emanuel at Loeb & Loeb. Levy is represented by ICM and Shannon Hensley at Abrams Garfinkel Margolis Bergson Llp.


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