West of Memphis

(2012)

West of Memphis is an examination of a failure of justice in Arkansas. The documentary tells the hitherto unknown story behind an extraordinary and desperate fight to bring the truth to light. Told and made by those who lived it, the filmmakers' 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.

CONTEST: Win a ‘West of Memphis’ Poster Signed by Peter Jackson and Damien Wayne Echols

CONTEST: Win a ‘West of Memphis’ Poster Signed by Peter Jackson and Damien Wayne Echols

Sony Pictures Classics is releasing the documentary West of Memphis on Christmas Day, an expansive look at the 18-year struggle to free the West Memphis Three (Damien Wayne Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Miskelly). To help spread the word about this powerful documentary, we have a contest where fans can win a poster signed by director Amy Berg, Lorri Davis, Damien Wayne Echols, and executive producer Peter Jackson. These extremely rare one-sheets will be gone in the blink of an eye, so act fast. Find out how you can win below.

HERE'S HOW TO WIN! Just "Like" (fan) the Facebook page (below) and then leave a comment below telling us why these prizes must be yours! If you already "Like" , just leave a comment below telling us why these prizes must be yours!

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‘West of Memphis’ Clip with Henry Rollins and Eddie Vedder

‘West of Memphis’ Clip with Henry Rollins and Eddie Vedder

Sony Pictures Classics has debuted the first clip from West of Memphis, director Amy Berg's documentary that offers a comprehensive look at the West Memphis Three case, from beginning to end. The case garnered headlines nationwide, causing celebrities and many others to rally behind their cause for nearly 18 years. This scene shows why musicians Henry Rollins and Eddie Vedder were driven to help Damien Wayne Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Miskelly in their quest for freedom.

A new documentary written and directed by Academy Award nominated filmmaker Amy Berg (Deliver Us From Evil) and produced by first-time filmmakers Damien Wayne 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 Wayne Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Miskelly. 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.

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‘West of Memphis’ Soundtrack to Feature Songs by Bob Dylan and Marilyn Manson

‘West of Memphis’ Soundtrack to Feature Songs by Bob Dylan and Marilyn Manson

Legacy Recordings will release West of Memphis: Voices For Justice, an album of music and songs inspired by the new Sony Pictures Classics film, West of Memphis, which chronicles the case of the West Memphis Three. The album serves to raise awareness for the continuing fight for exoneration of the West Memphis Three.

West of Memphis is a new documentary film produced by Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh (The Lord of the Rings trilogy), Amy Berg (Best Documentary Oscar nominee Deliver Us From Evil), with first-time producers Damien Wayne Echols (of the West Memphis Three) and Lorri Davis. Directed by Amy Berg, the film reveals 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.

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Second ‘West of Memphis’ Trailer

Second ‘West of Memphis’ Trailer

Sony Pictures Classics has debuted the second trailer and a new poster for West of Memphis, director Amy Berg's documentary produced by Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh. This film explores the entire West Memphis Three case, and how Damien Wayne Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Miskelly lost 18 years of their lives for a murder most people believe they did not commit. Take a look at the latest footage, along with the one-sheet.

West of Memphis was released December 25th, 2012.

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‘West of Memphis’ Documentary Features Never-Before-Heard Testimony

Director Amy Berg is premiering her documentary West of Memphis at the Sundance Film Festival today, which was produced and financed by Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh. A press release has been issued, revealing that the film includes testimonials from witnesses, allegedly proving that Terry Hobbs committed the 1993 murders, and not the West Memphis Three (Jessie Miskelly, Damien Wayne Echols, and Jason Baldwin). Take a look at the press release below, which was issued by Damien Wayne Echols' legal team."Terry Hobbs' nephew, Michael Hobbs Jr., allegedly told his friends "my uncle Terry murdered those three little boys," according to declarations under penalty of perjury recently given to Damien Wayne Echols' defense team. The three new witnesses were polygraphed about what they stated Michael Hobbs Jr. told them.

The three little boys referenced in the declarations were found brutally murdered in West Memphis, Arkansas in 1993. DNA consistent with Terry Hobbs, stepfather of victim Stevie Branch, was later discovered in the knot of a shoelace used to restrain victim Michael Moore. Three eyewitnesses have also provided sworn statements that they saw Terry Hobbs with the three children on the day of the murders, immediately before they disappeared. Terry Hobbs has maintained that he never saw the three boys the day they were murdered.

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Peter Jackson's ‘West of Memphis’ Trailer

The acclaimed director produced this documentary about the West Memphis Three alongside partner Fran Walsh.