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Watch: Full Trailer for Peter Jackson's 'West of Memphis' Documentary

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January 13, 2012

West of Memphis

Yesterday we highlighted a fantastic poster for the Sundance selected documentary West of Memphis from producers Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh and director Amy Berg (Deliver Us from Evil). Now with the 2012 Sundance Film Festival just under a week away, an extended trailer has now been released for the film about the police investigation into the 1993 murders of three eight-year-old boys – Christopher Byers, Steven Branch and Michael Moore in the small town of West Memphis, Arkansas and the three boys who were wrongly convicted for their murder and unjustly kept in prison for 18 years. Watch!

Here's the first long trailer for Amy Berg's documentary West of Memphis:

West of Memphis is directed by Amy Berg (Deliver Us from Evil) and produced by first-time filmmakers Damien Echols (one of the convicted men) and Lorri Davis along with Lord of the Rings filmmakers Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh. Starting with a searing examination of the police investigation into the 1993 murders of three eight-year-old boys – Christopher Byers, Steven Branch and Michael Moore in the small town of West Memphis, Arkansas, the film goes on to reveal hitherto unknown evidence surrounding the arrest and conviction of the other three victims of this shocking crime – Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr.; all three of whom were teenagers at the time of their arrests and all three of whom spent 18 years and 17 days in prison for crimes they did not commit. The film will premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival (stay tuned for our coverage), but an official release date has not yet been set.

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  • Jont
    i really wish they would have cut to the fathers face at the end, thee most obvious person of interest if this case was ever handled correctly.
  • Zade
    This looks like an amazing documentary, i am definitely going to be checking this out.
  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KBY35AMDRUJLJVX4WNXC5LMYTQ mothwillowweb
    this looks like it will be a good film for those who didnt follow the case or see the three Paradise Lost documentarys about the WM3. I cant not wait to see this. I am so glad they are free...it was by no means justice but like Damien said at least they can continue to fight from the outside instead of behing bars.
  • Xerxexx
    "I'd give my life to know the fucking truth!" Cannot wait to see this.
    • http://twitter.com/Innkeeper215 Ed Kirkpatrick
      Who was the person who said that quote in the trailer?
  • Bjallman
    If you were possibly going to jail for life, wouldnt you be crapping yourself or at least crying? I havent seen this yet or the Paradise Lost yet. Plan on seeing yet ASAP.
  • Teacherkid
    I'm very eager for this - I'm glad that people with power (and money, frankly) & a big voice are able to do a PROPER investigation of this case. How powerful is the end of the trailer, also? Because Damien's right - how long can we convict three innocent kids & let a true murderer walk free?
  • yike$$$
    Paradise Lost already did this and if it werent for those films we wouldn't even be talking about the WM3. I can see this film stealing the credit just because of Jackson's name attached
    • http://www.firstshowing.net/ Ethan Anderton
      Not exactly true. The whole reason the investigation itself was able to continue was because Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh actually quietly funded it, so they deserve a lot of credit. I think that adds an interesting angle to this project that Paradise Lost doesn't have as well.
      • yike$$$
        Yes i undersand that because a lot of people funded towards this case. I ment that Berlinger and Sinofsky (Paradise Lost) covered them in prison for 18 years giving them light to media at how horrible the case ended including the repeated denials of new trials until finally taking the plea in 2011 which they documented the entire time. I don't see what else can be new but I'm sure I'll still watch and enjoy.
        • http://twitter.com/QuanahTweets Quanah
          It doesn't matter if it's new or old. Any story of injustice should be told, repeatedly, until justice is found. Period. 

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