The New York Film Festival announced additional programs for its 49th edition today including that it will host the premiere screening of the new ending to Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky’s West Memphis 3 documentary Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, which we reported would land there first. The new footage includes the recent shock release of Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, who were just sprung from an Arkansas prison after 18 years for the murder of three children due to lack of evidence and a long and high-profile fight to overturn their convictions. The filmmakers earlier said the HBO documentary will air with its original ending for next month’s Toronto International Film Festival. Here’s the NYFF release:
NEW YORK, August 24, 2011 — The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s 49th New York Film Festival, the essential showcase of the latest and best in American and international cinema will complement this year’s previously announced festival selections with a unique blend of concurrent programs, set to run during the festival’s 17 days. This fascinating breadth of programming will include additional Masterworks programs and a plethora of special event screenings and discussions, exploring various stories, storytelling-processes and filmmaking styles and allowing audiences additional opportunities to sample what they have always loved about the New York Film Festival and perhaps try out what they have always been curious to explore further.
“The addition of the three new exhibition spaces at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center in addition to the Walter Reade Theater and Alice Tully Hall allows us to offer an even richer and more varied program, in terms of both works that enrich our knowledge of film history as well as others that point towards the future of film and media arts. We are also able to offer a more expanded selection of nonfiction works than ever before,” says Richard Peña, Selection Committee Chair & Program Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
This year’s festival offers an unprecedented selection of programs, led by the first-ever premiere screening of a new ending to Joe Berlinger’s and Bruce Sinofsky’s PARADISE LOST 3: PURGATORY including footage from the events surrounding the recent celebrated release of the West Memphis Three. PARADISE LOST 3: PURGATORY is an HBO Documentary Films production set to premiere on the network in 2012.
Oliver Stone will offer a special sneak preview of his new documentary project, The Untold History of the United States. Produced as a 10-part miniseries for Showtime (where it will premiere in 2012), NYFF will present this special sneak preview of Untold History’s first three chapters, which focus on the events leading up to America’s entrance into World War II, the war itself, and the unjustly forgotten figure of former U.S. Vice President Henry Wallace.
PARADISE LOST 3: PURGATORY and Stone’s The Untold History of the United States project headline an impressive slate of documentary offerings at NYFF this year with such diverse and fascinating subjects as independent film legend Roger Corman, musician Andrew Bird, The Rings of Saturn author W.G. Sebald,“The Girl From Ipanema” composer/performer Antonio Carlos “Tom” Jobim, influential British rock group Mott The Hoople, film critic and gay activist Vito Russo, andFrederick Wiseman’s latest, CRAZY HORSE, where the filmmaker turns his camera toward another Paris cultural institution – the Crazy Horse erotic cabaret (following 2009’s LA DANSE which delved into the Paris Opera Ballet).
Additional highlights include anniversary screenings of THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS, SPIRITED AWAY and THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL;musical accompaniment by members of the NY Philharmonic to the classic Charlie Chaplin film THE GOLD RUSH; as well as live accompaniment bythe Alloy Orchestra to the silent film FROM MORNING TILL MIDNIGHT; a screening of the animated feature film THE 99which follows super-powered heroes based on derivatives of the 99 attributes of Allah; and a recently rediscovered masterwork of the post-punk cinema, YOU ARE NOT I, directed by Sara Driver and shot by Jim Jarmusch. NYFF will also feature a panel on Pauline Kael followed by a screening of James Toback’s FINGERS, and a screening of Rin Tin Tin starrer CLASH OF THE WOLVES with film discussion focusing on the four-legged film legend by The Orchid Thief author Susan Orlean.
Views from the Avant Garde will make its fifteenth experimental journey to the screen this year and the New York Film Festival will once again partner with HBO in hosting four HBO Directors Dialogues – details for both of these special programs will be announced shortly.