INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY DELIVERS NEARLY ONE MILLION VIEWERS FOR WORLD TELEVISION PREMIERE OF "SOUTHWEST OF SALEM: THE STORY OF THE SAN ANTONIO FOUR"
-- Crime and Justice Network To Continue to Activate Viewers to #FreeTheSA4 as They Battle for Exoneration with Encore Presentation of Film on Sunday, October 23 from 10a-12p --
The premiere of SOUTHWEST OF SALEM: THE STORY OF THE SAN ANTONIO FOUR on Saturday, October 15 from 8-10pm broke Investigation Discovery's (ID) record for best ID FILMS premiere ever for L+3 delivery with nearly one million viewers. Waging an ongoing fight for their exoneration, SOUTHWEST OF SALEM captures the nightmarish persecution and devastating impact of four Latina lesbians, better known as the "San Antonio Four" and their families. Calling upon viewers to continue to the quest for the #FreeTheSA4 exoneration, ID will air an encore presentation of SOUTHWEST OF SALEM: THE STORY OF THE SAN ANTONIO FOUR on Sunday, October 23 from 10a-12p.
In 1994, the women were wrongfully convicted of aggravated sexual assault and indecency against two young girls in San Antonio, TX. In 2012 and 2013, after one of the accusers recanted and the forensic evidence used in the trial was debunked, Elizabeth Ramirez, Anna Vasquez, Kristie Mayhugh and Cassandra Rivera were released from prison ... but they are still without freedom. Critically acclaimed and lauded at Tribeca, Hot Docs, Outfest, Frameline, and others, SOUTHWEST OF SALEM presents an intense and maddening reinvestigation into the bizarre allegations waged against these women during the "Satanic Panic" of the 1980-90s, and examines the disturbing injustices by which they were targeted for their sexual identities.
Tune-in to ID on Sunday, October 23 from 10a-12p to see the encore presentation of SOUTHWEST OF SALEM: THE STORY OF THE SAN ANTONIO FOUR. The documentary is also currently available on Investigation Discovery's TV Everywhere platform, IDGO.com., the network's live and on demand TV Everywhere streaming service. To log in and watch for free with your TV subscription, visit InvestigationDiscoveryGO.com or download Investigation Discovery GO from the App Store (for smartphones, tablets and Apple TV), Google Play or Roku Channel Store.
Please take 2 minutes to help the San Antonio Four with their exoneration battle:
1. Call 1-210-335-2311 and ask for District Attorney Nico LaHood's office.
Here's what to say: "I am angered by Judge Pat Priest's ruling to not recommend exoneration for Elizabeth Ramirez, Cassandra Rivera, Anna Vasquez, and Kristie Mayhugh. I want Nico LaHood and the District Attorney's office of Bexar County to take a stand on the San Antonio Four case to declare actual innocence and have the women exonerated for their wrongful convictions."
2. Tweet/Facebook the district attorney's office to take a stand!
Twitter: @BexarCounty @BexarDA Take a stand about the @SanAntonioFour injustice! Recommend exoneration #FreetheSA4 @IPofTexas #southwestOfSalem
Facebook: I am angered by Judge Pat Priest's ruling to not recommend exoneration for Elizabeth Ramirez, Cassandra Rivera, Anna Vasquez, and Kristie Mayhugh. I want Nico LaHood and the District Attorney's office of @Bexar County to take a stand on the San Antonio Four case to declare actual innocence and have the women exonerated for their wrongful convictions. #FreetheSA4 #SouthwestOfSalem.
Innocence Project works 100% pro bono. You can support their efforts to exonerate the SA4 and hundreds of other innocent incarcerated folks at www.southwestofsalem.com/actnow
SOUTHWEST OF SALEM: THE STORY OF THE SAN ANTONIO FOUR is produced by Motto Pictures and Naked Edge Films with Deborah S. Esquenazi as director and Sam Tabet as producer. For Motto Pictures Julie Goldman and Christopher Clements are executive producers. For Naked Edge Films, Jim Butterworth and Daniel J. Chalfen are executive producers. For Investigation Discovery, Pamela Deutsch is senior executive producer, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production, Kevin Bennett is general manager, and Henry Schleiff is Group President of Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel and Destination America.
About Deborah S. Esquenazi
Deborah S. Esquenazi is a documentary filmmaker, radio producer, curator, journalist. Her work explores the intersections of mythology & justice, identity & power. She is a Rockwood JustFilms Ford Foundation Fellow, 2016; Firelight Media Lab Fellow, 2016; Artist-in-Residence at the Mexican-American Cultural Center in Austin, 2016-19; Sundance Creative Producing Fellow, 2015; Sundance Documentary Film Fellow, 2014. Her projects have received support from Humanities Texas, Sundance Institute in association with JustFilms Ford Foundation and Open Society Foundation, Chicken & Egg Pictures, IFP, Arcus Fund, Paul Robeson Fund, and many others. Her debut feature documentary, Southwest of Salem, premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival to critical acclaim, and is a reinvestigation into the bizarre allegations waged against the 'San Antonio Four' during the 'Satanic Panic' of the 1980-90's.
About Investigation Discovery
Investigation Discovery (ID) is the leading mystery-and-suspense network on television. From harrowing crimes and salacious scandals to the in-depth investigations and heart-breaking mysteries behind these "real people, real stories", the "always revealing" network challenges our everyday understanding of culture, society and the human condition. One of our nation's fastest growing cable networks, ID delivers the highest-quality programming to more than 85 million U.S. households and is available in both high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD). For more information, please visit InvestigationDiscovery.com, facebook.com/InvestigationDiscovery, or twitter.com/DiscoveryID. Investigation Discovery is part of Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the world's #1 pay-TV programmer reaching nearly 3 billion cumulative subscribers in 220 countries and territories.