I sat down with a convicted murderer, who pleaded guilty to killing 3 children, but he’s innocent?! Watch this exclusive interview about cult, faith, and small town justice.
A new documentary written and directed by Academy Award nominated filmmaker, Amy Berg (DELIVER US FROM EVIL) and produced by first-time filmmakers Damien 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 Christopher Byers, Steven Branch and Michael Moore 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 Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley. 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.
How the documentary came to be, is in itself a key part of the story of Damien Echols’ fight to save his own life. The film reveals how close he, his wife Lorri Davis, along with his legal team, friends and supporters, came to losing that battle. But as Echols, who spent eighteen years on death row, himself has stated “… in the face of such horror, in the face of resounding grief and pain, you cannot give up … you must never give up.”
DAMIEN ECHOLS (PRODUCER)
Damien Echols was born in West Memphis, AR in 1974. In 1993 at the age of 18, he was arrested for a crime he didn’t commit and sent to Arkansas’ death row. While in prison, he pursued a spiritual study which included becoming ordained in the Rinzai tradition of Buddism and an advanced knowledge of energy work known as Qui Gong. He was involved in various forms of expression; writing books, essays and journals, song lyrics; contributing works to gallery shows and in 2008 became a pivotal part of the West of Memphis film production team. Damien was freed from prison in August 2011, after more than 18 years of fighting to prove his innocence. He has since been working on the post-production of West of Memphis, while also completing a memoir, due to be published in fall 2012.
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