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R!C!A! Film Screening: At the Death House Door
September 29, 2009 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
At the Death House Door (94 minutes)
This winner of the 2008 Full Frame Inspiration Award is an intimate look at the death penalty in the state of Texas through the eyes of Pastor Carroll Pickett, who served 15 years as the death house chaplain to the infamous “Walls” prison unit in Huntsville. During Pickett’s remarkable career journey, he presided over 95 executions, including the world’s first lethal injection. After each execution, Pickett recorded an audiotape account of his trip to the death chamber. The film also focuses on the story of Carlos De Luna, a convict Pickett counseled and whose execution troubled Pickett more than any other. He firmly believed De Luna was innocent, and the film tracks the investigative efforts of a team of Chicago Tribune reporters who have turned up evidence that strongly suggests he was. From award-winning directors Steve James (“Hoop Dreams”) and Peter Gilbert (“Vietnam: Long Time Coming”).
The film will be followed by a panel featuring James E. Coleman, Jr., the John S. Bradway Professor of Law at Duke Law School, and Mary Ann Tally, an attorney at the Center for Death Penalty Litigation.