EXECUTION
a Ghost Rider Film Experience

In 1995 two filmmakers hid surveillance cameras in the death chamber and recorded a man's execution by electric chair.  The footage was confiscated and hidden from the public ... until now.

"This movie will take you closer to an actual execution than any film ever made.  It's truly groundbreaking."
- Dr. Donald Cabana, Warden  


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THE FILM

"Execution" is a film about the final days of man's life on death row.  This movie is the first of it's kind and features a real condemned man, a real prison warden and a real priest playing roles that they actually lived in their own lives.  The film has screened by invitation at several major universities across the United States and in the United Kingdom.  It has also screened in select theaters for a series of one-time events sponsored by Regal Theaters and Amnesty International.  Even though the filmmakers don't hide the fact that this movie is a dramatic feature film, many people believe that some scenes in the film are real.  The creative objective of this movie event is to take the viewer as close to the execution process as possible.  The final scene of the film was shot in real time to achieve this goal of realism.  As a viewer, you decide if executing a man in the name of justice is right or wrong and you decide what's real and what's not.

 “The film prompted enormous interest and debate and there is still a buzz about it around campus. Fantastic! Provocative! Thought-provoking!” 
     - Dr. Loraine Gelsthorpe, Director of Postgraduate Programmes,                                     U
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Enter the Death Chamber

THE CAST

WILLIAM NEAL MOORE - "The Condemned Man" 
Billy Moore spent 16 years on Georgia's death row.  He came within 7 hours of his own execution before he received a stay, largely due to the forgiveness of the victim’s family and the intervention of Mother Theresa. Billy is the only unconditional free man in America to have admited to murder and convicted of the crime.

DONALD CABANA - "The Warden"
Don Cabana is the author of the best-seller "Death at Midnight: The Confession of an Executioner".  He served as the warden of the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman and has carried out 4 executions during his 30 years as a prison warden.

FATHER JOEL LaBAUVE - "The Priest"
For over ten years, Fr. Joel has ministered to hundreds of condemned men while serving as the chaplain at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, also known as "Angola".  Fr. Joel has "walked the mile" side by side with the condemned, heard final confessions, and witnessed many executions over the years.   .

THE DIRECTOR

STEVEN SCAFFIDI
Steve is an award-winning writer, producer, director and the managing partner of Ghost Rider Pictures.  His body of work includes the aclaimed films, "The People's Story: The Devastation of Central America"", "Forgotten on the Bayou: Rockey's Mission to the White House" in addition to "Execution".  He created New Line Television's "First Date" and he's the recipient of the "Humanitarian Vision Award" in addition to many other accolades over his career.

SCREENING EVENTS

In this groundbreaking screening event, select theaters across America and the United Kingdom become execution chambers as a limited number of audience members are invited to enter the witness room and sit front and center for the final days of a man’s life on death row and ultimately his execution in the electric chair.

The audience follows two filmmakers who spend the last week of a condemned man’s life on death row and have two very different opinions about what their film will eventually become. One wants to tell a sympathetic story of the condemned man’s final days in prison while the other wants to show the actual execution.  Ultimately, the execution is filmed with two surveillance cameras; one hidden in a ceiling vent and the other hidden on one of the death row guards.

Theatrical Screenings include:
WASHINGTON DC - Regal Gallery Place Stadium 14
NEW YORK (Midtown) - Regal E-Walk Stadium 13    
BOSTON, MA - Regal Fenway Stadium 13               
CHICAGO, IL - Regal City North Stadium 14             
ATLANTA, GA - Regal Tara 4 Theater                      
AUSTIN, TX - Regal Metropolitan Stadium 14 
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - UA Stones Town Twin        
LOS ANGELES, CA - Regal LA Live Stadium 14  

University Screenings include:
Tulane University
UCLA
University of Oregon
University of North Carolina
Seattle University
Central Washington University
Southern Illinois University
University of Cambridge (UK)
Sussex University (UK)
King's College of London (UK)

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Nearly 1,000 people packed the McAlister Auditorium on the campus of Tulane University to see "Execution".

REVIEWS

​​“This is a refreshing departure from the way capital punishment is usually portrayed in films, with an emphasis on the profound effects executions have on those most intimately involved."
     - Laura Moye, Director of the Death Penalty Abolition Campaign for Amnesty International USA
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“The best way to stop executions is for people to witness one.”
     - Sister Helen Prejean, author of “Dead Man Walking”
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"You watch this film and what you've seen is an execution inside one of America's Execution Chambers."
      - Dr. Donald Cabana, Warden and Best-Selling Author
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"The film is amazing!  I can't stop thinking about it!"
     - Audience Member, Los Angeles, CA
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"It was brilliant!  This was our biggest turnout!"
   
  - Theatre Manager, Sussex University, United Kingdom
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"It's real.  We were holding hands during the execution."
 
    - Students, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
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"Nobody took their eyes off the screen.  There are some incredible things going on in this film."
      - Audience Member, Seattle University Screening Event

EXECUTION NEWS

AMNISTY INTERNATIONAL PRESENTS A GROUNDBREAKING FILM EVENT THAT TAKES THE AUDIENCE TO THE FRONT ROW OF AN EXECUTION
Regal Cinemas opens its doors in eight major cities across America for this first-of-a-kind motion picture less than one week after California’s attempt to repeal the death penalty fails.
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THE NEW WAVE:  "Tulane Prepares for Execution"
Does the death penalty represent legal justice or an antiquated and immoral institution? Whatever one's opinion, the death penalty has been one of the most debated legal and moral issues of the past generation.  The death penalty will take the stage at Tulane on Tuesday (April 10) as the Tulane University Criminal Law Society hosts both the world premiere of the gritty film "Execution" and a death penalty forum.
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ROME GEORGIA NEWS: "Death Row and Mass Incarceration in the United States: The New Racism?"
William Neal Moore, who came within seven hours of execution by the state of Georgia, will guide the Berry community in a discussion of race, prison and the death penalty.
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THE GUARDIAN:  "Dead Man Talking"
Campaigner Billy Moore was once only seven hours away from the electric chair. Erwin James meets the only self-confessed murderer ever released from Death Row.
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THE DAILY RECORD:  "Execution Film Star Was On Death Row"
ELLENSBURG - Filmmaker Steven Scaffidi wanted to portray the reality of death row with his movie "EXECUTION," which was shown Wednesday night at Central Washington University.  So he used a real death row inmate, a real warden and a real death row priest in his film, which tells the fictional story of two filmmakers who made a documentary about the last seven days of an execution.
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THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION:  "Forgiven"
Billy Neal Moore spent 16 years on death row for killing a man. Today, he is an ordained minister who speaks to inmates about an act of forgiveness that saved his life.
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CBN:  "Billy Moore - Living on Death Row"
The year was 1974. Twenty-two-year-old Army Private Billy Moore returned from deployment in Germany only to find that his wife was involved with a drug dealer and addicted to heroin. 
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NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER:  "The Clemency of Billy Neal Moore"
Last week, New Mexicans celebrated a great victory for justice and mercy: Governor Bill Richardson signed into law a bill abolishing the death penalty. . . This great turning point took me back nineteen years to another miraculous time, the campaign to stop the execution of Billy Neal Moore, which led to one of the great spiritual lessons of my life.
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EXECUTION EXTRAS

 Film Trailer

 Audience Response

 Intense Reaction

 The Execution Process

 The Warden Talks

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