"West of Memphis" at Guild 45th Theatre


The landmark theater web page indicates the movie is slated to start at 4:45 so, we can meet in the lobby at 4:30  Please join us for this documentary.  The film-makers' investigations helped to finally win the freedom of the West Memphis Three.


"Do we need a fourth film? Yes, I think we do. If you only see one of them, this is the one to choose, because it has the benefit of hindsight." (Roger Ebert)

In 1993, the bodies of Michael Moore, Christopher Byers and Stevie Branch were found in a drainage ditch in the poor rural community of West Memphis, Ark. The suspects were described as "weird" heavy metal fans who often wore black. The community seemed convinced of their guilt. As Ebert mentions, "There is a conclusion here, asking to be drawn. The reality of satanic-cult rituals are part of the narrative in many churches in that area, and the public and perhaps the jury were predisposed to believe them." The original judge, David Burnett, later a state senator, upon receipt of overwhelming evidence for a new trial refused to reconsider the case. Then celebrities like Eddie Vedder, Johnny Depp, Natalie Maines and Henry Rollins, rallied around the cause.

When we meet at a local eatery for discussion after the film, we might ask, how objective can it be, given that the director is married to the documentary's subject?  Damien Echols (Subject/Producer) & Amy Berg (Director/Writer) are interviewed in this clip.

Director Amy Berg creates a sprawling, novelistic structure, rendering in acute psychological detail literally dozens of people, including the incarcerated three (now men in their mid-30s, released from prison but not exonerated), members of their families, various figures in the Arkansas legal system, and some of the activists who fought to get the case retried. Less an investigative report than a portrait of the community that forms around an ongoing court case, this conveys a patient understanding of the intricacies of law and human behavior that may be termed Kieslowskian." (Ben Sachs / Chicago Reader)

 

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  • mireille m.

    Good to see you!

    1 · March 17, 2013

  • Tracy R.

    Sorry, little too soon to drive post op. Really wish I could have med it as I love docs. Enjoy!

    March 16, 2013

    • Jennifer R.

      Good that you can type in uppercase now. Hope you feel even better soon!

      March 17, 2013

    • Tracy R.

      Yes! :-) Thanks! I've no pain yet which is fantastic considering I have 4 incisions, and don't want to push it too much. Enjoy the film! :-)

      March 17, 2013

  • wadood

    Went for an all day hike back ar midnight ..dropping out this time.. have fun..

    March 17, 2013

  • Greg

    Unfortunately, I'm working until 6 on that day. I've heard great things about this film.

    March 16, 2013

  • Jessica S.

    Sorry, I will have visitors and won't be able to make this one.

    March 12, 2013

  • laura

    Hi Jennifer --
    The earlier time conflicts with my plans. Too bad!

    March 12, 2013

  • Tracy R.

    i just had arm and wrist surgery yesterday so not sure i can make it...don't know if i will be able to drive even. i'll let you know saturday.. hope i can go as i really want to see it. sorry about lower caps..typing one handed... :)

    March 12, 2013

  • Don

    Okay. So. Harvard Exit or Guild 45th ??? Still conflicting information on the last messages I received/

    March 6, 2013

    • Jennifer R.

      I called the Egyptian and they said tentatively Guild 45th. I put it in my phone to call the the Guild 45th Monday before the event to confirm the showtimes.

      March 6, 2013

    • Jennifer R.

      Now I even changed it on the headline . . .

      March 7, 2013

  • laura

    Darn, I've got plans for that afternoon. Don't know if I'll be done on time....

    March 6, 2013

  • George L.

    Jennifer: It looks like Landmark has pulled the carpet from under you a second time. Their web page indicates that West of Memphis does not open until March 15.

    March 5, 2013

    • Jennifer R.

      Yikes. I would apologize again, but it seems this might be a distributor issue. . . many thanks for the heads up, George!

      March 5, 2013

  • laura

    Hope to make it -- not completely sure I can. Thanks for re-skedding, Jennifer!

    March 3, 2013

    • Jennifer R.

      Thanks for catching it, Laura! I hope I can see you at the movie, eventually, after some fits and starts!

      March 3, 2013

  • laura

    Jennifer, you might want to change the meetup location to the Guild, so there's no confusion. Thanks.

    March 3, 2013

    • Jennifer R.

      It has been changed. I wish I'd checked with Landmark, now that I realize they change venues and release dates that way.

      March 3, 2013

  • laura

    "West of Memphis" is not playing at the Exit on Sunday. March 3. In fact, according to Landmark's website, this doc will not be opening in Seattle until March 8 -- at the Guild Theatre.

    http://test.landmarktheatres.co...­

    March 3, 2013

    • Tracy R.

      Thanks for letting us know! :)

      March 3, 2013

    • Jessica S.

      Sounds like we're canceling for tonight. Thanks for the update. Hope to see you all soon.

      March 3, 2013

  • mireille m.

    Thank you for spotting that. I will change the date.

    March 3, 2013

  • Larry F.

    So Sorry but as it turns out I won't be able to make it tonight. Looks interesting...another time.

    March 3, 2013

  • Jennifer R.

    Laura, you are right, they changed the dates and theaters both! I am super glad you checked back . The rescheduled is a week later, I hope people can juggle calendars and join us!

    March 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So are we meeting for the film or not?

    March 3, 2013

  • Sharon Z.

    Other commitment

    February 28, 2013

  • Tracy R.

    It'll be nice to see a doc with others. It's been a long time. I usually go alone.

    February 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to my first meetup

    February 5, 2013

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