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.