UNT Fine Arts Series presents "West of Memphis"
What: The UNT Fine Arts Series presents the documentary “West of Memphis,” which follows the “Paradise Lost” movies about the West Memphis Three, a group of three men who were convicted of murdering three children in 1993 and later released when new DNA evidence came to light. “West of Memphis” delves specifically into the efforts to free Damien Echols, one of the three men, and posits a theory about the real killer. A panel discussion immediately follows the movie.
When: 6 p.m. Nov. 14 (Thursday)
Where: Room 180 of the Business Leadership Building, 1307 W. Highland St., Denton
Cost: UNT Students Free, UNT Faculty/ Staff/ Alumni Association $5, General Public $10
DENTON (UNT), Texas -- Producers Lorri Davis and Damien Echols will take part in a panel discussion immediately following the screening of their 2012 documentary “West of Memphis” at the University of North Texas. The screening will be presented by the UNT Fine Arts Series at 6 p.m. on Nov. 14 (Thursday) in room 180 of UNT’s Business Leadership Building located at 1307 W. Highland St. in Denton.
The documentary focuses on the West Memphis Three, a group of three men, including Echols, Jessie Misskelley Jr. and Jason Baldwin, who were convicted of murder in the 1990s. DNA evidence was uncovered that led to their release in 2011. The film explores the actions of Davis, who helped get new DNA evidence that indicated the men were innocent and coordinated the effort that freed Echols, experiences that Echols had while persevering through 18 years of imprisonment and being on death row, and reclaiming his freedom.
Told and made by those who lived the story, the filmmakers access to the inner workings of the defense allows the film to show the investigation, research and appeals process.
About the UNT Fine Arts Series
The Fine Arts Series began as the Lyceum Series in 1903 when UNT was North Texas Normal College. The series has grown over the past century while never losing sight of its purpose to enrich UNT students' lives and provide a higher quality of life at the university. As the Fine Arts Series enters its 110th season, it continues to entertain and educate the campus community by presenting an exciting series of performing, visual and literary arts events. All UNT Fine Arts Series performances are presented free of charge to UNT students.