Public Interest Film Screening: "At the Death House Door"
April 16, 2008 6:00pm - 9:00pm
The film, directed by Steve James and Peter Gilbert (who made "Hoop Dreams"), tells the story of the former Death House Chaplain who ministered to the very first inmate put to death by lethal injection in 1982. Rev. Carroll Pickett went on to preside over 94 other men executed at the Huntsville Prison in Texas, and after each one, he would record his recollections of the execution day on his cassette recorder. No inmate's death haunted him more than that of young Carlos DeLuna, and our film also tells his story and tracks the efforts of two Chicago Tribune journalists who go a long way toward proving that DeLuna was innocent. The film will premiere next month at the South by Southwest Film Festival, to be followed by a series of festivals screenings and a broadcast on the Independent Film Channel in late May. Prior to the SXSW premiere, clips from "At the Death House Door" will be featured at a special hearing on Capital Punishment at the Texas State Capitol.