West of Memphis

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Written and directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Amy Berg (Deliver Us from Evil), in collaboration with the production team of Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, West of Memphis tells the untold story behind an extraordinary and desperate fight to stop the State of Arkansas from killing an innocent man and to bring the truth to light. Starting with a searing examination of the police investigation into the 1993 Robin Hood Hills murders of three 8-year-old boys (Christopher Byers, Steven Branch and Michael Moore) 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. The film reveals how close Echols and his wife Lorri Davis, along with his legal team, friends and supporters, came to losing the fight to save his own life. Told and made by those who lived it, Berg’s unprecedented access to the inner workings of the defense allows the film to show the investigation, research and appeals process in a way that has never been seen before; revealing shocking and disturbing new information about a case that still haunts the American South. (Dir. by Amy Berg, 2012, 147 mins., Rated R, Sony Pictures Classics) Digital