Sony Pictures Classics Picks Up Amy Berg's 'West of Memphis' Doc
by Alex Billington
February 29, 2012
Sony Pictures Classics has announced today that they've acquired worldwide rights to Academy Award nominated filmmaker Amy Berg's high profile documentary West of Memphis, about the West Memphis Three. The documentary premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and topped a lot of Best of the Fest lists, including my own as one of my favorites. I'm glad the documentary has been picked up, as this means it will get released and get strong support, as this is one film that needs to be seen. "We are very proud to be partnering with Sony Pictures Classics on the release," stated co-producers Fran Walsh and Peter Jackson.
The press release announcing the news contained a few quotes - you can see the release in full on Collider. "We are honored that Sony Pictures Classics will be working with us to bring West of Memphis to the world. We are excited and quite frankly overwhelmed at the chance to tell our own story. Working with Fran, Peter and Amy has been the most powerful and fulfilling of experiences for us. We see this film as a source of inspiration, and it carries our heart and soul with it," stated producers Lorri Davis and Damien Echols, who is one of the "West Memphis Three" that has helped make this film. Another quote about the release:
"With Deliver Us From Evil, Amy Berg became a major documentary filmmaker. Seeing West of Memphis at Sundance, we felt Amy had outdone herself with this extraordinary anatomy and investigation of injustice. We look forward to collaborating with her and producers Fran Walsh, Peter Jackson, Damien Echols and Lorri Davis in bringing this exciting and important drama to audiences everywhere," states Sony Pictures Classics.
It's an incredible film and we'll definitely support it. West of Memphis is a powerful doc that chronicles the new investigation surrounding the "West Memphis Three," which ultimately broke the case open and led to the freedom of three innocent men: Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr. Beginning with a searing examination of the fatally flawed 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 reveal personal insight into Echols' fight to save his own life; how he survived eighteen years on death row and eventually freed himself from the hatred and ignorance of those who had tried to destroy him. The film asks the question that still haunts Echols, Baldwin and Misskelley to this day - what value do we, as a society place on the truth? Indeed.
We'll definitely keep you updated on their release plans and any other updates related to Amy Berg's West of Memphis. In the meantime, you can find more details on their official website: westofmemphisfilm.com.
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