A follow-up to the 1995 documentary Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills. The program revisits the controversial case of three Arkansas teenagers convicted in 1994 of murdering three 8-year-old boys and features interviews with the three convicted men, the original judge and police investigators. The documentary focuses on advocates (an Internet support group) who believe the young men are innocent and features new footage of one of the victims’ stepfather, who some suspect might be involved in the crime. –Inbaseline
Oscar-nominated Joseph “Joe” Berlinger (born October 30, 1961) is an American documentary film-maker who, in collaboration with Bruce Sinofsky, has created such films as Paradise Lost about the West Memphis 3, Brother’s Keeper, Some Kind of Monster, and Crude.
In collaboration with journalist Greg Milner, Berlinger has also written a book called Metallica: This Monster Lives, which is about his journey from making the poorly received Blair Witch 2 to creating Some Kind of Monster with Metallica, one of the world’s most famous metal bands.
Berlinger has also worked on TV series such as Homicide: Life on the Street, D.C. and FanClub.
Berlinger is best known for the breakthrough film series “Paradise Lost,” which documents the murder trial and the subsequent legal battles of three teenagers wrongfully convicted of murder. The community of West Memphis, Arkansas believed that the three teenagers (known as the West Memphis Three) murdered three eight… read more
Bruce Sinofsky (born March 31, 1956) is an Emmy award-winning documentary film director, who began his career at Maysles Films.
Sinofsky was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated from the Tisch School of the Arts of New York University in 1978.
As Senior Editor for Maysles, he worked on commercials and feature films until 1991, when he and Joe Berlinger formed their own production company, Creative Thinking International. They jointly produce, edit, and direct documentary films which have appeared on over 50 critics choice lists, including Paradise Lost, Brother’s Keeper, Hollywood High, and Some Kind of Monster.
Their work is done in various styles, including a paen to the Cinéma vérité. Metallica: Some Kind of Monster covers the band as they participate in group therapy before recording their first album in five years.
Paradise Lost chronicles the inhabitants of a small southern town a year after a series of brutal murders in style similar to that… read more
An abomination compared to the first documentary. I hate to bag on these guys because their efforts to continue to find funding to make these, follow and film the boys along with getting the word out to support them is as noble and inspiring as it gets. But to shine a mirror on the witch hunt of these boys and do the same to Mark David Byers is pathetic. Lazy filmmaking that whiffed on a great opportunity.
The exchange between the Free WM3 Supporters and Mark Byers was unnecessary, likely facilitated by the filmmakers, and is but one example of how this sequel is inferior to its predecessor. It's a shame the cameras weren't allowed in the courtroom. Had they been, I believe this documentary would have been much more relevant, productive, and wouldn't have had to rely on footage from the first film so heavily.
A shame and quite disturbing that the filmmakers fall into the same trap the original police investigation/trial did in the first film i.e. accusing an innocent odd-ball of committing the crimes. The innocent Mark Byers is tried and convicted not by the flawed, conservative judicial system of the original film but by the liberal filmmakers themselves. Desperately in need of some objectivity.
exactly... it would be better if they showed some self awareness of that, but they really dont' seem to realize they are putting this guy on trial through selectively used interviews. The best part was the "lie detector test" which he passed and acted like he just won some actual trial. That was pretty funny, but it was a irrelevant defense to an irrelevant trial of the older guy. His quirkiness is pretty endearing though.
The “West Memphis 3” will be making their first public appearance this evening since they were freed in August.