J. R. Jones of the Chicago Reader wrote a compelling comparison of our 2008 film At the Death House Door, directed by Peter Gilbert and Steve James, and Into the Abyss, a new film by Werner Herzog. In "Death and Texas", Jones goes into depth about the similarities and differences in both films examine and condemn the practice of capital punishment, and even share some interview subjects.
The impact of At the Death House Door is highlighted by two very different events this week. A compelling profile of Rev. Carroll Pickett, former Prison Chaplain of the death house at "Walls" Prisoner in Huntsville, Texas, who presided over 95 executions, Peter Gilbert and Steve James' Kartemquin film for IFC has changed many people's thinking over the merits of the death penalty since it's 2008 release.
At the Death House Door screens at special screening in Charlotte organized around discussion to defend the 2009 North Carolina Racial Justice Act, due for a repeal vote in the N.C. Senate.
A panel discussion will follow with Darryl Hunt, who spent nearly 19 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.
Groups organizing the event include: State Rep. Rodney Moore (D), Democracy North Carolina; Justice Policy Center; Charlotte Mecklenburg NAACP; the Darryl Hunt Project for Freedom and Justice; Shiloh Institutional Baptist Church; Charlotte Health Care Coalition; Charlotte Community Justice Coalition; and the Ferguson, Stein, Chambers, Gresham & Sumter law firm. Get more information.