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'Memphis' preems at Gotham's Florence Gould Hall

Despite recent news that “West of Memphis” did not make the Acad doc shortlist, spirits were high at the Friday-night preem at Gotham’s Florence Gould Hall.

“I find the documentary category like the foreign film language category,” Sony Pictures Classics’ Michael Barker said. “There are always surprises and disappointments. I was shocked when I heard this film didn’t make it, but the thing is we don’t do this just to get an Oscar nomination. This film is about a case of American injustice and not enough can be said about it.”

Pic, which first screened at Sundance, chronicles the new investigation surrounding the West Memphis Three, which ultimately broke the case open and led to the freedom of three innocent men: Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr. Directed by Amy Berg, doc was produced by Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, as well as Echols and his wife, Lorri Davis.

“This movie is not going to exonerate these men, but hopefully it will lead to pressure which will lead to exoneration,” said Jackson, who is also busy promoting “The Hobbit.” The helmer-producer added, “I’ve only got a week to go and then I can finally crash.”

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