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 eight-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.
- Amy Berg
- Amy Berg, Billy McMillin
- Damien Echols, Lorri Davis, Jason Baldwin, Jesse Misskelley, Jr., Pam Hicks
It tells the story of a terrible crime compounded by a grave injustice that's been remedied, but only in part, so it's impossible to have a single or simple response to the movie.Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle, 02.08.2013
It artfully sketches out the events for anyone who's coming in cold, but basically, its strategy is to take what we already know and go deeper.Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, 01.09.2013
It took way too long, but the crowd finally bested the mob.Mark Jenkins, NPR, 12.27.2012
Dubious evidence; suspicious confessions; conveniently located "poor white trash" (Echols' words) to take the rap: The case stank from the beginning, Berg's film argues.Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, 01.17.2013