Damien Wayne Echols

Peter Jackson's ‘West of Memphis’ Trailer

Not to be confused with Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, West of Memphis is a new documentary about the recently freed West Memphis Three from producers Peter Jackson and his partner Fran Walsh. The duo quietly funded an in-depth investigation into the case against Jason Baldwin, Damien Wayne Echols, and Jessie Miskelly, the trio wrongfully accused of killing three 8 year old boys back in 1994, which saw them freed in late 2010. West of Memphis will premiere at this year's Sundance Film Festival. You can take your first look at the trailer below.

West of Memphis was released December 25th, 2012.

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Peter Jackson's ‘West of Memphis’ Documentary Completed

WingNut Films proudly announced today the completion of West of Memphis - a documentary film chronicling the untold story behind one of the most infamous miscarriages of justice in American history; the story of an extraordinary and desperate fight to stop the State of Arkansas from killing an innocent man.

The film has been produced by first-time filmmakers Damien Wayne Echols and Lorrie Davis, in collaboration with the Academy Award-winning team of Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh. Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh became involved in 2005, when they helped to re-invigorate the then stagnant case by funding a new investigation. The film has been written and directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker, Amy Berg (Deliver Us From Evil).

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Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh Continue Support of the West Memphis Three

Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory was released December 2011.

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‘Paradise Lost 3’ Coming Soon, West Memphis Three Find Freedom Through Plea Deal

The West Memphis Three, whose case has been documented in the award-winning films Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills and Paradise Lost 2: Revelations, as well as the soon to be released Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, were set free today after having served jail time since 1993.

Damien Wayne Echols, who'd been on death row, and Jason Baldwin and Jessie Miskelly, Jr., both serving life sentences, were convicted of brutally slaying three cub scouts in what was believed to be a Satanic sacrifice. Today, they have been granted their freedom, and will maintain their innocence while acknowledging prosecutors had sufficient evidence against them. All three men, who have been behind bars for more than eighteen years for crimes they did not commit, have been placed on probation and face twenty-one years in prison if they are caught doing anything that goes against their probation.

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