[act-ma] 5/21 Death penalty film series (part 3 of 5)

Scott Langley scott at langleycreations.com
Sun May 18 10:08:44 PDT 2008

Wednesday, May 21 is the third film in the Lucy Parson Center's
5 part Death Penalty Film Series. Film starts at 7:00 pm.

THIS WEEK:  At the Death House Door (2008) ***Special preview screening!***
A film by the makers of Hoop Dreams

Free movie, snacks, food, beer, and wine provided. All films will be shown
at 7:00 pm at the Lucy Parsons bookstore, 549 Columbus Ave, South End,
Boston, 02118.  (617) 267-6272.  For MBTA and driving directions:
http://www.lucyparsons.org/directions.php.  (note that parking is not easy
to come by on the streets)

Sponsored by the Lucy Parsons Center, Amnesty International (Northeast
Regional Office and Local Group 133 of Somerville), Mass. Citizens Against
the Death Penalty Fund, and Murder Victims¹ Families for Human Rights.

For more info, contact Scott Langley: scott at langleycreations.com or



Wednesday, May 21st at 7:00 pm

At the Death House Door (2008)
Directed by Peter Gilbert and Steve James
1 hour and 34 minutes

***This Lucy Parson¹s Center screening was specially selected for a preview
before the Independent Film Channel¹s world television premiere on May

A personal and 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 world¹s first lethal injection. After each execution, Pickett
recorded an audiotape account of his trip to the death chamber.

The film is also an investigation of the wrongful death of Carlos DeLuna,
who was executed in Texas on December 7, 1989, after prosecutors ignored
evidence inculpating a man, who bragged to friends about committing the
crimes of which DeLuna was convicted.  Carlos De Luna was 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").

Wednesday, May 28th at 7:00 pm

Thanatos Rx: the Death Penalty Debate in America (2001)
Produced and Directed by Maryanne Galvin, in attendance
59 minutes

Thanatos Rx presents an even-handed, nonpartisan examination of the many
facets of the death penalty debate in America. Thanatos Rx journeys beyond
myopic sound bites and static polls to a deeply personal exploration of the

Interspersed with powerful and rare archival footage and original
photographs are exclusive interviews with those most touched by Capital
Punishment. Innocence, deterrence, retribution and closure for families of
homicide victims are some of the topics examined through the eyes of a
"volunteer" on Federal Death Row and a murderer who narrowly escaped the
electric chair in Massachusetts.

Interviews with families of murder victims, District Attorneys and legal
scholars at prestigious law schools, The Innocence Project and Amnesty
International illustrate the emotional complexities of the issue.

In attendance will be producer and director Maryanne Galvin, an independent
filmmaker, who holds both an MFA from Emerson College, Boston and a
doctorate in psychology from UMASS/ Amherst.

Wednesday, June 4 at 7:00 pm

Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story (2004)
1 hour and 33 minutes

Redemption tells the story of Stan "Tookie" Williams, founder of the Crips
L.A. street gang. Story follows his fall into gangbanging, his prison term,
and his work writing children's novels encouraging peace and anti-violence
resolutions, which earned him multiple Nobel Peace Prize nominations. After
exhausting all forms of appeal, Tookie was executed by lethal injection at
San Quentin State Prison, California; he was declared dead on December 13,
2005 at 12:35 a.m. PST (08:35 UTC). Williams is the 12th person to be
executed by California since it reinstated the death penalty in 1977.

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