We attended the SOLD OUT screening of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival entry, West of Memphis, tonight at The Belcourt Theatre in Nashville with our friend, Brenda. The documentary takes another look at the case of the West Memphis Three,who as teenagers were wrongly accused (proven now thanks to new DNA evidence) of killing 3 eight-year-old boys in West Memphis, Arkansas, back in 1993. The case, the trial and the seeming injustice that imprisoned these three young men for 18 years has gained worldwide scrutiny thanks to a trilogy of HBO documentaries entitled, Paradise Lost. Thanks to a tireless effort from a grass-roots organization formed to help free the West Memphis Three that included well-known and powerful supporters such as film director, Peter Jackson; Pearl Jam lead singer, Eddie Vedder; actor, Johnny Depp; and Dixie Chicks lead singer, Natalie Maines, the three were recently freed on a deal with the state of Arkansas using the little-known, little-used and very strange Alford Plea, in which you profess your innocence yet still plead guilty to the crime but are released on probation with time served and the agreement to not sue the state for wrongful imprisonment.
|We arrived early and got great seats right in front of the reserved spaces for West Memphis Three member and former death-row inmate, Damien Echols and his wife, Lorrie Davis, who were also producers on the film.|