- 23 December 2012
"West of Memphis" has its origins in Jackson and partner Fran Walsh watching the 1996 documentary "Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills" at their home in New Zealand more than seven years ago. They then looked up the case online and were surprised to find the West Memphis Three were still in jail. After making a donation to the defense fund, Walsh struck up a correspondence and friendship with Lorri Davis, who became Echols' wife in 1999.
"It very quickly became personal," said Jackson recently from New York, juggling duties promoting "The Hobbit" and "West of Memphis." "It very quickly stopped being about Arkansas or a miscarriage of justice, and it became about us trying to help Lorri save her husband's life. We got emotionally entangled with it; it really became something we weren't expecting it to become."
Read more at the Los Angeles Times.
- 21 December 2012
Tune in when Peter Jackson and Damien Echols appear as guests on NPR’s Tell Me More. Music from the West of Memphis: Voices For Justice album will be featured.
Tuesday, January 1st 2:00PM – 3:00PM EST (check your local listings) on WNYC-AM, 820 (Check your local listings) or online at: http://www.npr.org/programs/tell-me-more/
- 21 December 2012
The release schedule for West of Memphis has been announced! Find out when it will be in your town: http://www.sonyclassics.com/westofmemphis/dates.html. The film opens on December 25th in New York and Los Angeles.
Damien and Lorri will be making appearances at screenings of the film next weekend:
Friday, December 28
Elinor Bunin Monroe Film Center
Q&A after the 6 p.m. show and introducing the 9:30 show
Saturday, December 29
Angelika Film Center
Q&A after the 7 p.m. show and introducing the 10:15 show
- 19 December 2012
With less than one week until the documentary film West of Memphis opens in theaters in New York and Los Angeles, The Village Voice has weighed in with its review of the film. Here is an excerpt:
Exhausting, thorough, and sharply crafted, West of Memphis is more a work of advocacy than of journalism. As such, it has been uncommonly effective. In 2011, the Berg/Jackson/Walsh investigation led to the release of Echols, Misskelley, and Baldwin—but, in another ignoble twist, not their exoneration. (Terrible ol' Arkansas still considers them guilty.)
That makes this the most rare of films: one that indisputably matters.
Read more at The Village Voice.