PREVIEW – West of Memphis

Last Updated: February 26, 2012By Tags: , ,

A new documentary written and directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Amy Berg (Deliver us From Evil) West of Memphis tells the little-explained story behind a much-debated arrest of three young members of a small rural Arkansas community and the fight for the truth which ensued.

Starting with a probing look into the investigation of the 1993 murders of three eight year-old boys Christopher Byers, Steven Branch and Michael Moore in the small town of West Memphis, Arkansas, the film reveals the story from the inside. West of Memphis uncovers 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 of whom were teenagers at the time of their arrests and were imprisoned for crimes they did not commit.

Of note is the fact that filmmaker Peter Jackson closely collaborated on this new film scheduled to be released this Spring (it premiered at Sundance last month).