Special Preview Screening of "At the Death House Door"

Posted: Tue, 01/20/2009 - 17:21

You are invited to a special preview screening of “At the Death House Door.” The film screening, hosted by The Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and Cumberland School of Law, is open to students and faculty campus wide as well as the general public and is scheduled Thursday, January 29 at 3:30 PM in the Moot Court Room in Robinson Hall.

The film will run approximately 95 minutes and will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Richard Jaffe. Participating on the panel will be Richard Jaffe, Richard Keith, John Mays and Reverend Carroll Pickett. Mr. Jaffe, Mr. Mays and Mr. Keith have handled capital cases for many years. Reverend Pickett is the main character in the movie.

“At the Death House Door” is a personal and intimate look at the death penalty in the State of Texas through the eyes of Reverend Carroll Pickett, who served 16 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.

This new film is from award-winning directors Steve James (“Hoop Dreams”) and Peter Gilbert (“Vietnam: Long Time Coming”) and was the winner of the Inspiration Award at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and Best Documentary Feature at the Atlanta Film Festival.