"An impassioned portrait of a quest for truth."
— Loren King, Chicago Tribune
At the Death House Door follows the remarkable career journey of Carroll Pickett, who served 15 years as the death house chaplain to the infamous "Walls" prison unit in Huntsville, Texas. Pickett ministered to 95 men who were executed, including the very first lethal injection done anywhere in the world. After each execution, he recorded a riveting audiotape account of that fateful day. No inmate's execution would haunt Pickett more than that of Carlos De Luna, a young convict whom he firmly believed was innocent. The film tracks the investigation of two reporters who turn up compelling evidence that suggests Pickett was right.
Winner of numerous festival awards, and shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Documentary, At the Death House Door was directed by Steve James and Peter Gilbert - makers of the landmark Kartemquin documentary, Hoop Dreams - and made in collaboration with the Chicago Tribune, and was originally distributed and broadcast by IFC. Screenings of the film took place around the world in collaboration with the ACLU and the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, who awarded the the film with a 2009 Public Education Award.
Winner of numerous festival awards, At the Death House Door is is from the filmmaking team of Steve James and Peter Gilbert - makers of the landmark Kartemquin documentary, Hoop Dreams and was broadcast on The Independent Film Channel.
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At the Death House Door is available on DVD here.
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