GROUNDBREAKING DEATH PENALTY EVENT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
ST. MARTIN'S EPISCOPAL SCHOOL TO SCREEN EXECUTION FILM
UNPRECEDENTED CAPITAL PUNISHMENT EVENT ALLOWS STUDENTS AND THE PUBLIC TO ENGAGE IN AN OPEN DEBATE AND DISCUSSION ABOUT THIS CONTROVERSIAL ISSUE
METAIRIE, LA – September 3, 2009 – St. Martin's Episcopal School will hold the first ever open debate and discussion about capital punishment where students and adults can share their views about this controversial issue. The event will be held in the state-of-the-art Solomon Theater on St. Martin's campus, and will feature a special screening of the award-winning and much talked about film "Execution".
This event will be a unique social experiment where students and the local community will have an opportunity to discuss and debate this important topic in an open forum. Upon arrival, the audience will be asked to fill out a card declaring their position on the death penalty. Following the screening of the film, the audience will again be asked to fill out another card declaring their position to see if anyone was swayed by what they witnessed. This will be followed by a death penalty debate and discussion. Statistics will be gathered during the event and shared with the audience at the end.
Former death row inmate William Neal Moore and renowned Mississippi Warden Dr. Donald Cabana will also be present to share their personal stories and experience with the audience. Mr. Moore spent over sixteen years on death row and came within seven hours of his own execution in the electric chair. He is the author of the book "I Shall Not Die", and he has recently spoken at many of the top universities in the world including, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, USC, UCLA, and Tulane in the United States, and in the United Kingdom at The University of Cambridge, The University of Sussex, and King's College of London. Dr. Cabana has over thirty years experience in corrections, spending much of his time as the warden at one of America's toughest prisons, The Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchmen. Dr. Cabana is also the best-selling author of the book "Death at Midnight: The Confessions of an Executioner", and has been featured on network television as one of the foremost experts in his field.
The death penalty is one of the most important and controversial issues in America and has garnered even more attention recently with the Supreme Court's ruling to give death row inmate Troy Davis another hearing, and the local news of Michael Anderson facing the death penalty for the killing of five teenagers in 2006.
This unprecedented event will take place on Saturday, September 26, 2009 at the Solomon Theater on the Campus of St. Martin's Episcopal School, 225 Green Acres Road, Metairie, LA 70003. Doors will open at 6pm and the event will start promptly at 7pm. The event is free and open to the public on a first come-first served basis. Anyone under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult or have written parental consent.
For more information contact:
St. Martin’s Professor of Documentary Film Studies
St. Martin's Director of Marketing and Communications
Ghost Rider Pictures
Phone: (504) 466-6256