A free screening of the documentary film "West of Memphis" at the Rose Theatre in Port Townsend. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Damien Echols and his wife, Lorri Davis. Watch the movie trailer below.
Doors open at 2:15 pm. Film begins at 2:45 pm. This event is free and open to the public as presented by Goddard College's MFA in Creative Writing program.
About Damien Echols:
As one of the West Memphis Three convicted of the 1993 murder of three Arkansas boys, Damien Echols is one of few on earth to know what it means to persevere through false imprisonment and ultimately reclaim his freedom.
There were many who stood by his side through his 18 years on death row, including such high-profile artists as actor Johhny Depp, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, the Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines, and former Black Flag front man Henry Rollins. His soul-shaking story has also been the subject of three Paradise Lost documentaries from HBO.
But it is Echols' wife, Lorri Davis, who has been his biggest supporter, whom he credits for taking charge of his legal efforts, leading to his 2011 Alford plea deal and release. The media also played a crucial role in Echols' fight to clear his name, bringing to light new forensics in 2007 that revealed no DNA evidence existed to link him to the crime scene.
Today, Echols and Davis share a deeply moving and profound account of their fight to prove his innocence, giving a voice to those who are persecuted for the way they look or anyone who has experienced an injustice. Their story gives hope to those who know what it’s like to struggle against seemingly insurmountable odds.
In 2012, West of Memphis, the film they co-produced along with director Peter Jackson and producer Fran Walsh – both long-time supporters – premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. It was released to theaters in late December. His memoir, Life After Death, to which Johnny Depp has optioned the movie rights, was published in September 2012.