EXCLUSIVE: I’m hearing rumblings here in Park City that the Sundance documentary West of Memphis will include some new important evidence obtained within the last month that could have direct bearing on the future of the case. The film, which was directed by Amy Berg and financed by Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, re-investigates the infamous 1993 triple child murder in Arkansas that led to the conviction and 18 year incarceration of Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, despite the lack of physical evidence. The docu is driven by the results of DNA testing and forensic and other expert investigative work funded by Jackson and Walsh since 2005. On the basis of the evidence and the continued outcry over an unfair prosecution, the defendants were freed last summer after a plea deal in which they were allowed to maintain their innocence while technically pleading guilty to the murders.
Press that screened the film in New York and Los Angeles last Friday were told that a scene was missing from the movie, but weren’t given specifics. I’m hearing the new scene will be included in the print of the film shown for the first time at Sundance this morning at 8:30 AM at a press and industry screening at the Holiday Village. The film has its official premiere today at 4:45 PM at the MARC Theater. I am trying to confirm and get more specifics. Stay tuned.
Here is the West Of Memphis trailer released just before the festival: