Thursday, November 7, 2013

The West Memphis Three: "Adam Egoyan's new film "Devil's Knot" predicted by "Hollywood Reporter " (to) bring this infuriating tale of injustice to many mainstream moviegoers for the first time...and to attract "even more attention to a horrifying crime whose perpetrator or perpetrators remain free." Egoyan to be present for Q and A at Toronto Screening sponsored by "Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted" (AIDWYC) tomorrow night (Friday November 8, 2013); Jason Baldwin, one of the Memphis Three to address AIDWYC 20th anniversary conference on November 23.

Release:  Screening: Adam Egoyan's film "Devil's knor"  about the West  Memphis Three: Regent Park Theatre; (551 Mount Pleasant Road. Toronto. November 8 and 9, 2013.  (Egoyan to be present on November 8 for a Q and A.) Jason  Baldwin to address the AIDWYC 20th Anniversary conference on November 23, 2013. (Read Hollywood Reporter review - published on September 9, 2013 -  at link below. HL.)

GIST OF HOLLYWOOD REPORTER REVIEW:  "Two years ago, TIFF attendees saw the conclusion of Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky's Paradise Lost trilogy, documenting the wrongful conviction and hard-won release of the West Memphis Three; at Sundance the next year, we saw Amy Berg's West of Memphis, a single-film treatment bringing new evidence to bear on the same subject. Now comes Atom Egoyan's Devil's Knot, a dramatization focusing on the period between the murder of three young boys in West Memphis, Ark., and the conviction of three teens who clearly didn't kill them. Far from being overkill, the well-conceived drama featuring A-listers Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth in key roles, will bring this infuriating tale of injustice to many mainstream moviegoers for the first time; it has every hope of receiving a strong commercial reception and attracting even more attention to a horrifying crime whose perpetrator or perpetrators remain free.........Egoyan keeps an emotional lid on courtroom suppression of these discoveries without making the scene lifeless; after the verdict comes in, with Echols given the death penalty, the film envisions just a hint of the direction continuing investigations would go before concluding with informative titles. Tech values are consistently strong, with Mychael Danna's score particularly effective. A closing dedication to the three murdered children is more moving than many such gestures, reminding us that while prosecutorial sins have kept this story alive as one of three teen lives stolen by the state, three even younger boys were robbed of something much greater."

The entire review can be found at:

Information on Jason Baldwin's appearance at the AIDWYC conference - and on over-all conference agenda can be found at:

Wikipedia account on the West Memphis Three:  "In July 2007, new forensic evidence was presented in the case and a status report jointly issued by the State and the Defense team stated, "Although most of the genetic material recovered from the scene was attributable to the victims of the offenses, some of it cannot be attributed to either the victims or the defendants." On October 29, 2007, the defense filed a Second Amended Writ of Habeas Corpus, outlining the new evidence.[4] Following a successful decision in 2010 by the Arkansas Supreme Court regarding newly produced DNA evidence,[5] the West Memphis Three reached a deal with prosecutors. On August 19, 2011, they entered Alford pleas, which allow them to assert their innocence while acknowledging that prosecutors have enough evidence to convict them. Judge David Laser accepted the pleas and sentenced the three to time served. They were released with ten-year suspended sentences, having served 18 years and 78 days in prison.[6]"


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