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FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE FEATURE DOCUMENTARY

SOUTHWEST OF SALEM: THE STORY OF THE SAN ANTONIO FOUR

TFF 2016 Directed by Deborah S. Esquenazi
FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE SOUTHWEST OF SALEM: THE STORY OF THE SAN ANTONIO FOUR [TFF 2016]
“This case is the last gasp of the Satanic ritual abuse panic.” So says Debbie Nathan, a journalist and author of Satan’s Silence, and one of the many experts called up in the documentary Southwest of Salem to explore the case of the San Antonio Four. In 1994, four women were accused, tried, and convicted of the heinous sexual assault of two young girls—as one newscaster puts it, “the modern version of the witchcraft trials.” Twenty years later, the four women have maintained their innocence, insisting that the accusations were entirely fabricated, and borne of homophobic prejudice and a late-’90s mania about covens, cults, and child abuse. Southwest of Salem is a riveting and layered true crime story that explores the web of prejudices in a contentious trial and the interrelated political and personal forces that work to convict those thought guilty that perhaps trample the innocent in the process.

—Cara Cusumano
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“This case is the last gasp of the Satanic ritual abuse panic.” So says Debbie Nathan, a journalist and author of Satan’s Silence, and one of the many experts called up in the documentary Southwest of Salem to explore the case of the San Antonio Four. In 1994, four women were accused, tried, and convicted of the heinous sexual assault of two young girls—as one newscaster puts it, “the modern version of the witchcraft trials.” Twenty years later, the four women have maintained their innocence, insisting that the accusations were entirely fabricated, and borne of homophobic prejudice and a late-’90s mania about covens, cults, and child abuse. Southwest of Salem is a riveting and layered true crime story that explores the web of prejudices in a contentious trial and the interrelated political and personal forces that work to convict those thought guilty that perhaps trample the innocent in the process.

—Cara Cusumano
Film Information
Year: 2016
Length: 91 minutes
Language: English
Country: USA
Premiere: World
Cast & Credits
Director: Deborah S. Esquenazi
Producer: Sam Tabet
Editor: Leah Marino, Liz Perlman
Cinematographer: Deborah S. Esquenazi
Executive Producer: Christopher Clements and Julie Goldman (Motto Pictures) Daniel Chalfen and Jim Butterworth (Naked Edge Films)
Composer: Sam Lipman
Field Producer: Liz LaBarge, Carrie Kenny, Elvia Mendoza
Additional Camera: Diana "Dee: Navarro, Eliva Mendoza
Finishing Editor: Toby Shimin
Consulting Editors : Jean Tsein, Mary Manhardt, Toby Shimin
Cast: Anna Vasquez, Elizabeth Ramirez, Cassandra Rivera, Kristie Mayhugh, Mike Ware, Keith Hampton, Jeff Blackburn, Javier Limon, Stephanie Limon, Debbie Nathan, Darrell Otto, Mary Burdette
Contacts

Press Contact
David Magdael
David Magdael & Associates, Inc.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Phone: 213 624 7827
dmagdael@tcdm-associates.com

Print Source
Deborah S. Esquenazi
Deborah S. Esquenazi Productions, LLC
debesq@mac.com

US Sales Contact
Josh Braun
Submarine
New York, NY 10013
Phone: 212 625 1410
josh@submarine.com

US Sales Contact
Zac Bright
Preferred Content
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Phone: 323 782 9193
zac@preferredcontent.net

International Sales Contact
Daniel Chalfen
Naked Edge Films
New York, NY 10025
Phone: 212 729 0030
daniel@nakededgefilms.com

Special Note

Read an interview with Southwest of Salem director Deborah S. Esquenazi about LGBT injustices, fighting for the "San Antonio Four," and more, at TribecaFilm.com.

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About the Director(s)
Deborah S. Esquenazi is an Austin–based documentary filmmaker, radio producer, instructor, and journalist. Her work explores the intersections of mythology and justice, identity and power. She is a fellow of the Sundance Documentary Film program, Sundance Creative Producing Labs, Firelight Media Producers' Labs, and IFP Spotlight on Docs. This is her debut feature.

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