At the Death House Door

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Overview

The one question virtually unanswerable by proponents of the death penalty scarcely needs to be repeated: But what of the situations where an innocent man is accidentally shuttled off to execution? Taking this as a cue, opponents of capital punishment believe that any margin of error, no matter how small, makes the entire enterprise suspect. One person who shares such a conviction is Carroll Pickett, minister to death row inmates at a penitentiary in Texas; for 15 years, Pickett had no reservations about ...
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Overview

The one question virtually unanswerable by proponents of the death penalty scarcely needs to be repeated: But what of the situations where an innocent man is accidentally shuttled off to execution? Taking this as a cue, opponents of capital punishment believe that any margin of error, no matter how small, makes the entire enterprise suspect. One person who shares such a conviction is Carroll Pickett, minister to death row inmates at a penitentiary in Texas; for 15 years, Pickett had no reservations about presiding over executions, until that fateful day when his path crossed with that of a Hispanic man named Carlos de Luna, unjustly accused of homicide. Shortly before this - his 96th official execution - was to occur, Pickett tape recorded much of his last day with de Luna. Listening to it, he became unshakably convinced of the man's innocence, and used his inner conviction as an impetus to team up with crime reporters from the Chicago Tribune and delve into the facts surrounding De Luna's highly questionable arraignment. With their documentary At the Death House Door, James and Gilbert both tell Pickett's heart-rending story and use it as a springboard into broader penetrative issues about capital punishment.
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Special Features

Bonus Scenes; Updates; Carlos De Luna Audio Tape
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/23/2009
  • UPC: 736899126124
  • Original Release: 2008
  • Rating:

  • Source: Kartemquin Films
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 56,630

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Carroll Pickett Participant
Technical Credits
Peter Gilbert Director, Cinematographer, Producer
Steve James Director, Editor, Producer
Alison Palmer Bourke Executive Producer
Linda Cohen Musical Direction/Supervision
Debbie DeMontreux Executive Producer
Emily Hart Associate Producer
Christine Lubrano Executive Producer
Zak Piper Co-producer
Gordon Quinn Executive Producer
Evan Shapiro Executive Producer
Leo Sidran Score Composer
Aaron Wickenden Co-producer, Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- At the Death House Door
1. Pickett In the Graveyard [2:11]
2. Chicago Tribune [1:24]
3. Hostage Crisis [4:26]
4. Going To Work at the Prison [5:56]
5. The Murder of Wanda Lopez [2:05]
6. #1: Charlie Brooks [6:33]
7. The Wrong Man? [3:13]
8. #39: Ignacio Cuevas [6:42]
9. Good For Business [3:19]
10. Family Ties [4:22]
11. The Carlos De Luna Tape [2:27]
12. Choir Practice [3:24]
13. Re-Examining The Past [3:18]
14. The Toll of the Death House [10:51]
15. Carlos' Sister Rose [4:25]
16. Onto the Gurney [3:57]
17. Last Visit [2:36]
18. Ministry Of Presence [4:40]
19. Speaking Out [10:09]
20. #33: Carlos De Luna [6:56]
21. 400th Execution In Texas [1:31]
22. Credits [3:38]
4. 400th Execution In Texas [2:01]
5. Tribune Investigates Carlos Hernandez [1:53]
6. Tennis With Anne [1:03]
7. Budweiser [1:28]
8. Returning To TDCJ [1:10]
9. Father's Funeral [1:11]
10. Tribune Visits To Hernadez's Childhood Home [1:24]
11. Roy's BBQ [3:28]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- At the Death House Door
   Play
   Chapters
   Extras
      Bonus Scenes
         #2: James Autry
         #95: Vernon Sattiewhite
         Haunted
         #47: Billy Wayne Wright
      Updates
         Start Slideshow
      Carlos De Luna Audio Tape
      Theatrical Trailer
      About Kartemquin
         Play Kartemquin Trailer
         Recent Films From Kartemquin
            Milking The Rhino
            In The Family
            Terra Incognita: Mapping Stem Cell Research
      DVD Credits
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