The trailer for the “other” West Memphis Three documentary, Amy Berg’s Peter Jackson-produced “West of Memphis,” has landed.
It’s a handsome and energetic four-minute trailer for the Sundance Film Festival premiere and suggests a film that encapsulates much of what we’ve seen in the case’s development over the last 18 years. What’s unclear, of course, is how it will differentiate itself from the three “Paradise Lost” documentaries directed by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky.
“West of Memphis” producers include West Memphis 3 member Damien Echols and his wife, Lorri David. The film is being sold by Jackson’s longtime manager, Ken Kamins.
Their latest, “Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory,” is scheduled for its HBO premiere January 29; “West of Memphis ” premieres at Sundance January 20.
Here’s the logline, per the “West of Memphis” PR team:
What began as an investigation to expose key developments in an infamous murder case, developed into a devastating account of what happens when justice fails both the living and the dead. Presented by Academy Award-winners Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh and directed by Academy-nominee Amy Berg (DELIVER US FROM EVIL) in collaboration with first time producers Damien Echols and Lorri Davis, comes WEST OF MEMPHIS, a powerful examination of a catastrophic failure of justice in Arkansas. It tells the inside story behind a desperate fight to bring the truth to light – which ultimately lead three young men, Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr, once branded as “killers” – to reclaim their freedom.