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Celebrity involvement played a key role in helping create and maintain awareness of the imprisonment of the three men known as the West Memphis Three. Among the musicians who contributed in that regard were Henry Rollins and Eddie Vedder, both of whom are featured in the clip we have to show you from the upcoming documentary West of Memphis.
Those with an interest in the West Memphis Three have likely seen - or at the very least, heard of - the Paradise Lost documentary trilogy, which follow the story of the murder of three boys in West Memphis, Arkansas and the emotional aftermath, which included the trial and conviction of three teenage boys, one of whom was sentenced to death. The original Paradise Lost documentary sparked public awareness of the kids convicted, and celebrity involvement contributed as well, and the WM3 were finally released from prison last year on Alford pleas.
Headed into select theaters next week, documentary film West of Memphis focuses on the fight to bring the truth to light and keep Damien Echols from being executed for a crime many believe he did not commit. The clip below shows musicians Henry Rollins and Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder as they speak briefly about their own involvement in the protest.
West of Memphis is directed by Amy Berg in collaboration with Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh. The description states that the film begins with an examination of the police investigation back in 1993, which led to the arrest and eventual conviction of the three teens, after which the movie goes on to uncover new evidence surrounding the arrest of Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley. The film will arrive in select theaters on Christmas Day.
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