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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (CALS) -- Devil's Knot, a film about the case of the men known as the West Memphis Three, will premiere on Saturday, May 3, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) Ron Robinson Theater. This theater, the newest, state-of-the art performance space in Little Rock, was chosen as the site for the film's U.S. theatrical premiere because, though the case has garnered international attention, the story remains rooted in Arkansas, where most of the people portrayed still live.

Starting with a personal look at the murders of three young boys in West Memphis, Arkansas, in 1993, Devil's Knot explores the investigation and trials that followed, as experienced by an investigator and the mother of one of the victims. Directed by Academy Award® nominee Atom Egoyan, Devil's Knot is based on the nonfiction book by award-winning Arkansas author Mara Leveritt. Egoyan, Leveritt, and several cast members will attend the U.S. theatrical premiere showing of the film.

The film stars Academy Award® winners Reese Witherspoon as Pamela Hobbs, the mother of Stevie Branch, and Colin Firth as Ron Lax, a Memphis private investigator who volunteered his services to the court-appointed defense lawyers. Other cast members include Stephen Moyer, Dane DeHaan, Alessandro Nivola and Amy Ryan.

Egoyan has won numerous prizes at international film festivals including the Grand Prix and International Critics Awards from the Cannes Film Festival and two Academy Award® nominations for The Sweet Hereafter. Leveritt, a contributing editor to the Arkansas Times and past Arkansas Journalist of the Year, has twice been awarded Arkansas's prestigious Booker Worthen Prize, given by CALS.

CALS is joined by the Little Rock Film Festival and the Arkansas Times as sponsors of this premiere. The Ron Robinson Theater is located at 100 River Market Avenue. Doors open at 6 p.m. and general admission tickets are available online at www.RonRobinsonTheater.org, 501.320.5715. For more information contact 501.918.3086 or sgele@cals.org.

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