West of Memphis confirmed

West of Memphis

Directed by Amy Berg

Summary:


From director Amy Berg, in collaboration with first time Producers Damien Echols and Lorri Davis along with filmmakers Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh comes West of Memphis, a powerful examination of a catastrophic failure of justice in Arkansas. The documentary tells the hitherto unknown story behind an extraordinary and desperate fight to bring the truth to light. Told and made by those who lived it, Berg's unprecedented access to the inner workings of the defense, allows the film to show the investigation, research and appeals process in a way that has never been seen before; revealing shocking and disturbing new information about a case that still haunts the American South.

Reviews

"A first-rate investigative documentary on the notorious West Memphis Three case, its questionable prosecution and its dubious resolution." - John Anderson, Variety

"Thorny, blood-boiling and finely made, it deserves a theatrical push." - John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter

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  • Julie H.

    So was it sold out tonight, or did they not have a showing at 9pm??

    March 22, 2013

    • Michael

      It looks like once the show is sold out, it's not a choice online anymore. There's tickets on sale for 3 shows tomorrow. I'm buying mine tonight to see it tomorrow afternoon.

      March 22, 2013

  • Michael

    If anyone has an extra ticket please email me and I'll be your best pal.

    March 22, 2013

  • Mark D. H.

    Hope to see it some other time...

    March 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So I just called the Violet Crown and they said there is no show tonight at 9 PM. Do all of you have tickets and it is just sold out?

    March 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It is coming to Netflix soon.

    March 22, 2013

  • Jana B

    I had the same experience as Stephen. Guess it's sold out for that show. sad.

    March 21, 2013

  • Martha W.

    Saw it last weekend

    March 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just went on the website and there is no show listed at 9pm for Friday march 22. Did they sell out and I'm out of luck?

    March 21, 2013

  • barbara

    And now I have a conflict for Friday night. Have a great trip to India, Cara. I look forward to hearing about it.

    March 19, 2013

  • Cara H.

    Please print out the badge in color to identity yourselves.

    March 19, 2013

  • Cara H.

    I have a last minute trip to India. Can't make it. We will have lots of members attending. Hope you all meet and introduce yourselves and have a great time.

    March 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I saw this doc this weekend and highly recommend it. Once you see, google the name of key suspect and be shocked at what you find!

    March 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    have a previous engagement-am so disappointed that I am unable to attend

    March 5, 2013

    • Cara H.

      We will see you at the next event Ersilla.

      March 5, 2013

  • Cara H.

    Update

    "West of Memphis" has been postponed / canceled until after the SXSW conference. Just found out today. Many people are still interested so I will keep this film in our calendar and
    and update you at the appropriate time.

    February 19, 2013

  • Sandy G.

    Will need to make it another date

    February 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for checking, Nora! And, Michael, I haven't seen the *captain* since she took over from the now- defunct Jay B

    January 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks, *bellerophon*. No one had commented on this prior. I am glad to know I was appropriate in my response!

      February 18, 2013

    • bellerophon

      @cara: the last sentence of your post in this thread seems like a good place to start in the establishment of a well-run meetup group. maybe the next step should be an "organizational"­ meeting to determine whether anyone or any ones are willing to step up to the plate and help as accountable organizers for future meetup events. if you are unable or unwilling, because of other obligations or "dis"-interest­, people need to listen and be willing to assist, for the group to accommodate your clearly-stated objective. you shouldn't feel responsible for the idiosyncrasies of film-scheduling or theater-operation, but if you, or anyone else, organizes an event, they need to stay on top of it for the benefit of others. i think everyone that intends to benefit from your willingness to keep the group extant should appreciate the gesture and not expect a "free ride." thanks for your efforts. let me know if i can be of help.

      February 18, 2013

  • Cara H.

    Thanks Danielle for your support. I am finding out about the nature of the business.

    February 15, 2013

  • Cara H.

    Just spoke with the manager of Violet Crown Cinema and was informed that the call to change the film "West of Memphis" film's schedule (yet again) was out of their control. These things sometimes have to do with how they are marketing the film and the award seasons......

    The distribution company "Sony Pictures Classic" pulled the film from today's line up and again are pushing it on next Friday's schedule. The manager also told me that he would try to establish some type of communications with us and perhaps in the future we could plan a special meet-up function around documentary films if we could only have more assurances on dates. Uncertainty is the nature of the business, so we will always look for alternatives. What do you think?

    February 15, 2013

  • Danielle

    Thank you Cara for going the extra mile. I tried to see the movie during a recent trip to NYC. By the time the plane landed, my list of theatres and times were obsolete and the movie had been pulled. I imagine they just don't have the audience they anticipated and need to pull back to save money. It's sad, really. If there are people out there dying to see Damien's defense lawyer strategizing on a Saturday wearing a 1994 shiny parachute-material track suit like he just came from a recent tandem jump, they should be accommodated.

    1 · February 15, 2013

  • Cara H.

    This is the 3rd time they have changed the date. It keeps getting changed without notice. I called and could not get a live voice. Will not be scheduling this film any time soon unless I know for sure the scheduling will not change so many times or at the last moment. Some consideration is needed to the 46 people who said they would attend. I will try to meet in person with them and come to some kind of understanding. They are losing out here, so are the producers of the film.

    1 · February 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Violet crown said last West of Memphis isn't starting this week.

    February 15, 2013

  • barbara

    Just checked on the Violet Crown webpage and see that West of Memphis is postponed again....to Feb 22. FYI

    February 11, 2013

  • Cara H.

    I am asking all who really want to be involved in Austin Documentary Fan to volunteer. I think we need more than one person in leadership. I work and go to school. Please read previous messages and fill out the polls. I am in the middle of completing a huge project at work today, will be having coffee somewhere downtown. Who would like to have coffee and chat? Follow me on Twitter and Facebook, email me, call me.....I am open to communications.

    January 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Here's my thought for now: those things Jay scheduled be scrapped. Feb. we begin fresh with a new activity. Perhaps they will even be the same activity: I saw that the WM film was coming in Feb., for instance. I'll happy to help. I'm simply not sure how to other than what I said above.

      January 17, 2013

    • Cara H.

      Thanks for your ideas. Yes, the schedule has been revised. I am trying to learn the system.

      January 17, 2013

  • barbara

    Thank you for your email, Cara. Shall we reschedule this for Feb 15? If for some reason it gets changed, we can reschedule again. The Violet Crown theaters don't seat many more than 35, so we need to start reserving our seats there as soon as they become available online. That will probably be a few days before the opening date.

    January 17, 2013

    • barbara

      Oh, I just saw that it is rescheduled for Feb 15.

      January 17, 2013

    • Cara H.

      Hope you can make it. Looking forward. Thanks for the heads up anyway.

      January 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    FYI...including Ginger (whose email address I cannot find at moment):
    West Memphis according to Violet Crown will not begin until Feb. 15.
    I know a few of you were thinking of meeting there to see it this Friday...but It seems not to be showing yet.

    1 · January 17, 2013

  • Cara H.

    Jay posted the West of Memphis documentary. Need to follow up with them, because I am not seeing it in their line-up. Will call tomorrow to follow up.

    January 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Josh, that's a good question....which I see no one has answered yet....anybody out there reading?

    January 15, 2013

    • Danielle

      Halo?

      January 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      It!s downtown...many good spots just down the street...

      January 16, 2013

  • Michael

    Anyone steering this ship?

    January 15, 2013

  • Nora W.

    I just checked and this movie doesn't start showing at the Violet Crown until Feb 15.

    January 15, 2013

    • Josh R

      I was worried about that

      January 15, 2013

  • Josh R

    Is the Jan 18th event still on?

    January 14, 2013

  • Ginger M.

    Evidentally there was an error in posting date. Now I hear mid February...

    January 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    [masked]

    January 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Well, you know, Southern justice used to be lynching. So this shows progress. And remember when Bill Clinton, running for Perez. the first time, made a special trip back to Little Rock to sign the execution papers of a severely mentally retarded man (that's the language. of the law. Expect only corruption from the legal system in the South, unfortunately.

    December 27, 2012

  • Danielle

    I highly recommend Damien's book, "Life after Death" too

    December 27, 2012

  • Michael

    I was fascinated and appalled by the "Paradise Lost" docs. I recently saw Paradise Lost 3 on HBO. If you haven't seen the Paradise Lost docs, they're a must-see before seeing West of Memphis, in my opinion.

    1 · December 27, 2012

  • louise l.

    have a conflict, unfortunately

    December 5, 2012

  • Amanda M.

    I am from Jonesboro, AR. and personally know a lot of the people involved. I hear this documentary sheds a lot of light that has never been revealed. Can't wait to see it.

    November 29, 2012

  • Sandy G.

    Being from Arkansas, I've been very interested in the story from the beginning and would love to see this film.

    November 4, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    This film apparently not showing until Feb. 15.

    November 4, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've been intrigued by this poignant & infuriating tale since the crime itself. Damien impresses me..what little I've seen of him in brief news shoots since prison release. Keep us posted on *get-together*.

    November 4, 2012

  • Pamela K. I.

    I've read about this film! Would love to see it. Yes, looks like we have a wait if West of Memphis won't be released until Jan. '13.

    September 26, 2012

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