Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

AT THE DEATH HOUSE DOOR

Year: 2008
Country: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 98 minutes

AT THE DEATH HOUSE DOOR
AT THE DEATH HOUSE DOOR
AT THE DEATH HOUSE DOOR
AT THE DEATH HOUSE DOOR

When capital punishment was reinstated in Texas in 1982, many residents of Huntsville cheered. The city was home to the Texas State Penitentiary where, over the next 13 years, Carroll Pickett would oversee the execution of 95 inmates by lethal injection as the prison’s minister. His far-from-envied role was to stay with each inmate from the morning of their death through their last, fateful words at midnight. A private man, Pickett took to a tape recorder to document his thoughts, feelings, and grief the day after every execution and reflect on his calling to serve in this capacity as a man of God. Adding to Pickett’s personal commentary, AT THE DEATH HOUSE DOOR follows the case of Carlos DeLuna, one death row victim whose presumed innocence may be realized too late. Once a firm supporter of the death penalty, Pickett’s intimate experience begins reshaping his definition of just punishment. AT THE DEATH HOUSE DOOR takes us down corridors of the infamously nicknamed “Walls Unit” to confront the corners of our consciences of right and wrong. —A.B.

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Saturday, April 01, 2017 at 1:30 PM

Genre
Recommended for High School Students +

Director
Steve James, Peter Gilbert

Born in Hampton, Virginia in 1954, Steve James is recognized as one of the most acclaimed documentary filmmakers of his generation. He regularly collaborates with the Chicago-based nonprofit production studio Kartemquin Films. His film "Hoop Dreams" was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Film Editing and recently selected for the Library of Congress National Film Registry. Peter Gilbert has had a distinquished career in producing, directing, and photographing documentaries, feature films, commercials, and music videos.

Filmography
AT THE DEATH HOUSE DOOR (2008)

Producers
Steve James, Peter Gilbert

Cinematography
Peter Gilbert

Editing
Steve James, Aaron Wickenden

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