Poster for Peter Jackson's Sundance Documentary 'West of Memphis'
With a trailer for the LCD Soundsystem documentary Shut Up and Play the Hits and a poster for the new drama The Words hitting recently, it's clear that the marketing machine for films hitting the 2012 Sundance Film Festival is in full swing. Now EW has chimed in with a poster for West of Memphis, the Peter Jackson produced documentary 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.
Here's the first poster for Amy Berg's documentary West of Memphis from EW:
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.
They've done extensive coverage, but the interesting thing here is that Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh were the ones to keep the investigation going, so I'm interested in how their involvement with the story plays out in this representation of the story.
Ethan Anderton on Jan 12, 2012
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