May 17, 2008 8:55 pm
If you can't make the Chicago premiere of At the Death House Door during its run at the
Siskel, you have another chance!
Kartemquin Films, the American Civil
Liberties Union, the ACLU of Illinois, the Center on Wrongful Convictions
at Northwestern University School of Law, and The Public Square at the
Illinois Humanities Council present...
At the Death House Door Screening and Discussion
Wednesday, May 28
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM (doors open at 6:30)
Auditorium, Northwestern University School of Law
375 East Chicago
This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are
required. Email email@example.com or call 312-422-5580.
screening, there will be a discussion featuring Pickett, Chicago Tribune
reporter Steve Mills, filmmakers Steve James and Peter Gilbert, Ed Yohnka
of the ACLU of Illinois, and Rob Warden, Executive Director of the Center
on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law. At the
Death House Door tells the story of Rev. Carroll Pickett, who served 15
years as the death house chaplain to the infamous "Walls" prison
unit in Huntsville, Texas and presided over 95 executions, including the
world‚s first lethal injection. The film particularly focuses on how
Pickett was affected by Carlos De Luna, one of the inmates he counseled and
who is now widely-regarded as wrongfully convicted˜based on evidence
uncovered by Chicago Tribune reporters Steve Mills and Maurice Possley. It
is a film about of the failures of the criminal justice system; about one
man‚s spiritual and moral journey; and how this very final act of
punishment does not bring closure.
Additionally, The Documentary
Channel Blog recently covered the film. Read the post.
So did this Texas blog.