West of Memphis
Film runs Tue, Dec 25 through Thu, Jan 10.
West of Memphis
Amy Berg, 2012
USA | English | Format: DCP | 146 minutes
A new documentary written and directed by Academy Award nominated filmmaker Amy Berg (Deliver Us From Evil) and produced by first-time filmmakers Damien Echols and Lorri Davis, in collaboration with the multiple Academy Award winning team of Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, West of Memphis tells the untold story behind an extraordinary and desperate fight to bring the truth to light: a fight to stop the State of Arkansas from killing an innocent man. Starting with a searing examination of the police investigation into the 1993 murders of three 8-year-old boys in the small town of West Memphis, Arkansas, the film goes on to uncover new evidence surrounding the arrest and conviction of the other three victims of this shocking crime—Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley. All three were teenagers when they became the target of the police investigation; all three went on to lose 18 years of their lives—imprisoned for crimes they did not commit.
"Inspiring." —Stephen Holden, New York Times
"A compelling and comprehensive guide to one of the most Kafkaesque crime stories in American history." —New York Post
"A gripping documentary" —Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
“Amy Berg's clear, captivating, indignant film carves out its own significant place in criminal-justice cinema, makes new and startling revelations into the triple-murder mystery, and is visually spectacular to boot." —Variety
“Absolutely essential… gripping… thorny, blood-boiling, and finely made.” —Hollywood Reporter