Joe Berlinger, the director of the Paradise Lost movies for HBO, as well as the 2010 Little Rock Film Festival Official Selection, Crude, will attend this year’s festival. Berlinger will screen the first Paradise Lost film about the infamous West Memphis 3 case, in which three misfit kids from a small Arkansas town were tried and convicted of murder. Fueled by Berlinger’s film, the case became a world wide media sensation, with many believing the kids to be innocent, and unfairly singled out for their unique dress and their interests in witchcraft and heavy metal.
In a panel discussion called “The Media and the West Memphis 3″ moderated by the Arkansas Time’s Lindsey Millar; Berlinger along with Mara Leveritt, the author of “The Devil’s Knot”, Lorri Davis, wife of Damien Echols, and Capi Peck-Peterson, co-founder of Arkansas Take Action will discuss the ways in which the extraordinary media attention and involvement has both beneficial to, and harmed, the case of the three men who still sit in jail for murder.
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