We have put this film screening together in support of the release and freedom of Damien after 17 years on death row. After many denied legal appeals, the Arkansas State Supreme Court announced on November 4, 2010 that they will finally consider all the new evidence in an upcoming evidential hearing and trial to be announced. Crucial new evidence of the WM3's innocence has been uncovered, including crime scene DNA that absolves Damien, Jason and Jessie. Some of the country's leading pathologists have found that much of the forensic evidence presented to the juries that helped convict the West Memphis 3 was false and inconsistent.
Jen DeNike first collaborated with Damien Echols in 2008 on a sculptural text installation (Living Ferociously) for the exhibition "Through A Glass Darkly" curated by Jenny Schlenzka. At the time, Echols wrote a second text called Scrying which became the inspiration for DeNike's ballet which premiered at MOMA, and became the foundation for the Scrying Trilogy. In 2009 DeNike organized an art benefit at Macarrone Gallery in NYC to raise funds towards his legal fees. In 2010 both DeNike and Echols collaborated on another sculptural installation for the group exhibition Saturn Return curated by Elizabeth Lovero at Wallspace in NYC. DeNike and Echols are friends, and art collaborators.