Book Soup presents Dave Navarro in conversation with Damien Echols, author of Life After Death - Wednesday September 26, 2012 - 7pm @ UCLA's Freud Playhouse.
In 1993, teenagers Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley, Jr.--who have come to be known as the West Memphis Three--were arrested for the murders of three eight-year-old boys in Arkansas. The ensuing trial was marked by tampered evidence, false testimony, and public hysteria. Baldwin and Misskelley were sentenced to life in prison; while eighteen-year-old Echols, deemed the "ringleader," was sentenced to death. Over the next two decades, the WM3 became known worldwide as a symbol of wrongful conviction and imprisonment, with thousands of supporters and many notable celebrities who called for a new trial. In a shocking turn of events, all three men were released in August 2011. Now Echols shares his story in full--from abuse by prison guards and wardens, to portraits of fellow inmates and deplorable living conditions, to the incredible reserves of patience, spirituality, and perseverance that kept him alive and sane while incarcerated for nearly two decades. In these pages, Echols reveals himself a brilliant writer, infusing his narrative with tragedy and irony in equal measure: he describes the terrors he experienced every day and his outrage toward the American justice system, and offers a firsthand account of living on Death Row in heartbreaking, agonizing detail. Life After Death is destined to be a riveting, explosive classic of prison literature. (Blue Rider Press) -
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Los Angeles premiere!
DEVISED AND PERFORMED BY GOB SQUAD
The acclaimed multimedia collective of ingenious artists from the U.K. and Germany playfully deploys an inventive arsenal of live video and performance techniques to celebrate the culture-bending heyday of Andy Warhol’s Factory. Live recreations of scenes from the 1965 Edie Sedgwick vehicle Kitchen—acted out on bare-bones sets and viewed as black-and-white projections—are spliced with other Warhol celluloid adventures to evoke an elusive, mythic time and place—its hedonistic experimentalism, its wave of social change. Shrewdly crafted and frequently hilarious, Gob Squad’s live versions of the films collide with the immediate here-and-now to surprising effect, transporting the audience to an explosively creative era and unearthing the depths beneath the shiny surface of modern life.
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For the past two decades and change, CINEFAMILY friend Lance Bangs has been ceaselessly killin’ it in the realm of music videos, concert films and documentary — and it’s about time you stand up and give him an armload of hurrahs. This man has worked with and filmed pretty much every single every major cool band you’ve ever listened to, and tonight, Lance will be at CINEFAMILY to take a guided tour through his career. You’ll see short films, music videos, concert footage, tour projections and collaborations featuring Arcade Fire, Archers of Loaf, Belle & Sebastian, Guided By Voices, Jay Reatard, LCD Soundsystem, Menomena, Neutral Milk Hotel, No Age/Black Flag, Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, Pavement, R.E.M., The Shins, Sleater-Kinney, Elliott Smith, Sonic Youth, Syd Tha Kid, the White Stripes, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and others. The evening’s show will also include an excerpt from Lance’s forthcoming feature-length doc about legendary Louisville, KY band Slint, as well as moments from the unreleased feature length concert film Arthurfest — plus a live music performance by Bradford Cox (Atlas Sound, Deerhunter), Randy Randall & Dean Spunt (No Age), and Mike Watt (Minutemen, Stooges)!
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THE BLACK KEYS - STRANGE TIMES from Lance Bangs on Vimeo.