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March 11, 2013

Echols applauded at Film Fest

Second screening of controversial 'West of Memphis' documentary set for tomorrow


Echols told the crowd that he hopes to open a meditation center in Salem. He also said he’d like to be exonerated and have the right person charged for the 1993 murders.

“We have to follow up on every little thing, in the hope we’ll come across the one thing the state of Arkansas can’t deny,” he said.

“West of Memphis,” one of several documentaries made about the case, premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The film is directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Amy Berg and produced by Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, producer and writer, respectively, of the blockbuster “Lord of the Rings” movies.

Jackson and Walsh are among the numerous celebrities that have rallied behind Echols. Interviews with Jackson, Eddie Vedder, lead singer of Pearl Jam, and Natalie Maines, lead singer of the Dixie Chicks, are included in “West of Memphis.”

The 21/2-hour film is rated R.

Bethany Bray can be reached at and on Twitter @SalemNewsBB.

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