Since 2004, Peter Jackson and his wife Fran Walsh have quietly bankrolled DNA and forensic investigations to help free Jason Baldwin, Jesse Misskelley Jr., and Damien Echols – a.k.a. the West Memphis Three – who were convicted in 1994 of murdering three 8-year-old boys in West Memphis, Ark. At the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, they will premiere West of Memphis – directed by Amy Berg and produced by Jackson and Walsh, the film chronicles the findings of their seven-year investigation into the case of the West Memphis Three. And Jackson has provided EW with an exclusive first look at the film’s poster. (You can check out a full-size version of the poster below.)
Back in August, Baldwin, Misskelley, and Echols were released after 18 years in prison, marking the culmination of a long campaign kickstarted by the 1996 HBO documentary Paradise Lost: The Child Killings at Robin Hood Hills.
Now that West of Memphis is completed, Jackson says his goal is to get the West Memphis Three’s names cleared and help find the real killer. “There are three standing convictions for triple child murder against Damien, Jason, and Jesse,” Jackson tells EW. “They are unjust. And there is also a person who killed these three children. Cases like this have to be taken through to the very end because it’s only by doing that that it can be prevented from happening in other places.”
West of Memphis does not yet have a distributor.