Junkyard Arts is extremely excited and proud to announce our sponsorship for Salem Film Fest in Salem Massachusetts. SFF has been one of our favorite fests for years because it is exclusively about the love of the documentary, and is the largest all documentary festival in New England. This is our first year as a sponsor and it is due to two films that are moving and profound in very different ways.
West of Memphis – 2012
Directed by Amy Berg, Produced by Damien Echols, Lorri Davis, Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh
March 8th @ 8:30pm SOLD OUT
“[West of Memphis] tells the untold story behind an extraordinary and desperate fight to bring the truth to light; a fight to stop the State of Arkansas from killing an innocent man.
Starting with a searing examination of the police investigation into the 1993 murders of three eight year old boys, Christopher Byers, Steven Branch, and Michael Moore, in the small town of West Memphis, Arkansas, the film goes on to uncover new evidence surrounding the arrest and conviction of the other three victims of this shocking crime — Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley. All three were teenagers when they became the target of the police investigation; all three went on to lose 18 years of their lives — imprisoned for crimes they did not commit.
How the documentary came to be is in itself a key part of the story of Echols’ fight to save his own life…as Echols, who spent 18 years on death row, himself has stated “…in the face of such horror, in the face of resounding grief and pain, you cannot give up…you must never give up.””
We are extremely excited to feature Echols as our In Depth artist of the month and proud to support his film at the Fest. Throughout the month we will feature editorials regarding our experiences with the story of the West Memphis 3, as well as exclusive interviews and conversations with Echols and others involved in his case.
Portrait of Wally – 2012
Directed by Andrew Shea
March 14th @ 6, 7:30pm
“In 1939, Egon Schiele’s celebrated painting “Portrait of Wally” (1912), a beguiling portrait of the Austrian artist’s red-haired mistress Walburga (‘Wally’) Neuzil, was seized by a Nazi from Lea Bondi, a Viennese gallery owner. Nearly sixty years later, the painting surfaced on the walls of the Museum of Modern Art, triggering a historic court case that pitted the Manhattan District Attorney, the United States Government and the heirs of Lea Bondi against a major Austrian Museum and MoMA.
The case was resolved in dramatic fashion in the summer of 2010, but only after the history of Schiele’s extraordinary painting was unearthed to revisit the crimes of the Holocaust and to witness the reluctance of major institutions in Europe and New York to send the “last prisoners of war” back to their families. PORTRAIT OF WALLY the documentary takes you on that journey. The 13-year war over “Wally” was more than a dispute over property stolen from Jews during the Holocaust. It was a battle over history and memory. This time, the truth won.”
Egon Schiele is a personal favorite of all of us at The Junkyard. His warped perspective, his grotesque and yet beautiful gestural figures, and his unabated portrayal of immensely intimate subjects seem new to us no matter how many times we have looked. This month will feature editorial pieces from our staff on Schiele and a great interview with the film’s producers.
March: In like a lion, indeed.
Salem Film Fest / March 7-14 /