EXECUTION SCREENING IN THE UNITED KINGDOM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
THREE PRESTIGEOUS UNIVERSITIES IN THE UNITED KINGDOM
TO SCREEN CONTROVERSIAL “EXECUTION” FILM
THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE, SUSSEX UNIVERSITY AND KINGS COLLEGE
UNIVERSITY OF LONDON WILL HOST SCREENINGS WITH EX-DEATH ROW INMATE
WILLIAM NEAL MOORE AND THE FILM’S DIRECTOR STEVEN SCAFFIDI
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA, USA – NOVEMBER 20, 2007 – The Death Watch International Society and the Human Rights Faculty of The University of Cambridge, Sussex University and Kings College University of London will host a unique Filmmakers Forum and Screening of the film "EXECUTION" in early December. On Tuesday, December 4, 2007 at 6:30 p.m. the event will take place at Sussex University. Then on Wednesday, December 5, 2007 at 6:30 p.m. the event will take place at Kings College University of London and on Thursday, December 6, 2007 at 4:30 p.m. the event will take place at Cambridge University. This is the first UK screening of one of the most important films on the death penalty in years, and it takes on an even greater significance now that the United Nations has adopted a resolution calling for a moratorium on executions.
This event will begin with the gritty death penalty film “EXECUTION,” which takes the audience closer to the actual execution process than any film that's ever been made. The film is unique in that it does not take a stand on the issue but rather leaves it up to the audience to decide. EXECUTION is the story of two filmmakers who in 1995 hid cameras in the death chamber and recorded a man’s execution by electric chair. The warden confiscated their footage and hid it from the public for ten years until it was finally returned. EXECUTION is the only film to star a real death row priest, warden and ex-death row inmate. Following the screening, director Steven Scaffidi and star of the film William Neal “Billy” Moore will discuss the film and its controversial reception at festivals and screenings around the world. At the forum, audience members will have an opportunity to ask the filmmakers questions, as well as voice their own opinions on the controversial issue of the death penalty.
Billy Moore was on Georgia's death row for sixteen years and at one point only seven hours away from his own execution in electric chair. He is the only man in America ever to be released from death row for a capital murder he was convicted of and had admitted to. He was freed as a result of the efforts of his victim’s family who actually forgave him for his crime and spoke on his behalf at his parole hearing.
“Most people don’t know anybody who’s on death row. So all they know is what they hear in the paper, and what they’ve seen--how bad and how terrible death row inmates are. But when they see me and listen to me, that changes things.” said Billy Moore.
This one-time-only Filmmakers Forum and Premiere Screening of the film "EXECUTION" is free and open to all students and the media only. Members of the general public will not be admitted unless their name is posted on the official guest list. Doors open one-half hour prior to the screening and limited seating is on a first-come / first-served basis. For more information, visit the film’s website at www.executionfilm.com.
"EXECUTION" is produced and directed by Steven Scaffidi of Ghost Rider Pictures and is represented for distribution by Tulchin Entertainment of Los Angeles, California. www.medialawyer.com. The film has previously screened at several major American Universities including, Tulane University, The University of Southern Illinois, The University of North Carolina and The University of Oregon.
For more information, including photo stills and interview arrangements, contact:
Steven Scaffidi or Angelle Albright
Ghost Rider Pictures, USA
Death Watch International, UK