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EXECUTION FILM NEWS

UCLA PRESS RELEASE   2-23-08

UCLA SCHOOL OF LAW TO SCREEN “EXECUTION” EX-DEATH ROW INMATE, WILLIAM NEAL MOORE, APPEARS IN FILM AND WILL SPEAK AT SCHOOL OF LAW

LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 20, 2008 – The UCLA School of Law David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy will host a unique Filmmakers Forum and Screening of the film "EXECUTION" at 5:15 PM on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 at the UCLA School of Law in Room 1347.

EXECUTION is the story of two filmmakers who in 1995 hid cameras in the death chamber and recorded a man’s execution in the electric chair. The warden confiscated their footage and hid it from the public for ten years until it was finally returned. EXECUTION has been greeted with both controversy and critical acclaim across the United States and abroad. While the film takes no particular position on the death penalty, it is considered one of the most important and thought-provoking films made on an issue that will be at the center of a high profile case this term before the United States Supreme Court.

EXECUTION is the only film to star a real death row priest, warden and ex-death row inmate. William “Billy” Moore was on Georgia's death row for sixteen years and at one point only seven hours away from his own execution in the 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.

Following the screening, Billy Moore will join the film's director Steven Scaffidi for a Q & A session that will be moderated by UCLA School of Law Professor Stuart Banner. Audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions as well as voice their own opinions on the controversial issue of the death penalty. A reception will be held immediately following the event where people will have a chance to speak one-on-one with both of the guests.

This one-time-only Filmmakers Forum and Screening of the film "EXECUTION" is free and open to the general public and all students seventeen years of age or older. Doors open at 5:00 PM and limited seating is on a first-come / first-served basis. For directions and parking information, see:

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The event is cosponsored by the UCLA School of Law Critical Race Studies Program and the American Constitution Society.

"EXECUTION" is produced and directed by New Orleans native Steven Scaffidi of Ghost Rider Pictures and is represented for distribution by Tulchin Entertainment of Los Angeles, California.

TULCHIN ENTERTAINMENT

Previous university screenings include: The University of Cambridge, King’s College of London and Sussex University in the UK, Tulane University, The University of Oregon, The University of North Carolina and The University of Southern Illinois.

For more information, including photo stills and interview arrangements, contact:
Catherine Mayorkas UCLA School of Law Phone: 310-206-9155 Email: mayorkas@law.ucla.edu

Steven Scaffidi Ghost Rider Pictures Phone: 504-466-6256 Email: grpictures@aol.com Web:

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