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Sundance Trailers: Check Out 'The Orator,' 'West of Memphis,' 'John Dies at the End,' '5 Broken Cameras' & More

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood January 16, 2012 at 4:23PM

Take a look at some trailers for the films playing at Sundance next week. Among the trailers is Amy Berg's "West of Memphis," which was produced by Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, who after seeing HBO's first "Paradise Lost," began quietly financing investigations into the West Memphis Three's case...
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"The Orator"
"The Orator"

Take a look at some trailers for the films playing at Sundance next week. Among the trailers is Amy Berg's "West of Memphis," which was produced by Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, who after seeing HBO's first "Paradise Lost," began quietly financing investigations into the West Memphis Three's case. They talk to EW here; this is how Jackson explains their involvement:

"We had no intention of doing a movie. Our involvement for the first three or four years was purely funding the case, and we made a decision to keep our funding quiet. We were working very hard, spending a lot of money gathering all the new scientific evidence and forensic evidence that had never been available to the defense before. And there was a moment in 2008 when all of our new evidence was presented to Judge Burnett, the original trial judge. We were utterly horrified when it was basically thrown out. Fran and I looked at each other and said, 'How can we get this in front of the public?' And at that point, we thought, 'Well, we’re filmmakers. Maybe we should resort to what we do.' That’s when we contacted Amy Berg."

You can see all the available Sundance trailers at Prescreen.

"West of Memphis" Premieres, US"Keep The Lights On," US Dramatic, US"The Orator," Spotlight, New Zealand"John Dies at the End," Park City at Midnight, US"Red Lights," Premieres, US/Spain"5 Broken Cameras," World Doc, Palestine/Israel/France"Dol (First Birthday)" Short, Korea

Dol Trailer from Andrew Ahn on Vimeo.

This article is related to: Trailers, Festivals, Sundance, Documentaries, Foreign, Genres


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.