Screenings of two documentaries on the Texas death penalty April 8 will kick off the Rice University portion of the Prison Reform Film Festival 2011.
The films, DEATH ROW (1979) and DON’T KILL MY FATHER (2010) will be followed by a discussion panel with Gloria Rubac of the Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement; Clarence Brandley, who served a decade on the old death row before being exonerated and released in 1990, and Dave Atwood of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.
The hard-to-find documentary DEATH ROW was filmed with surprisingly few restrictions in the late 1970s on the old death row in the Ellis Unit in Huntsville. DON’T KILL MY FATHER focuses on interviews with family members of death row prisoners like Hank Skinner, Jeff Wood and Robert Garza.
— The striking 2011 poster, made by a volunteer graphic artist using a logo created by a group of volunteers — designer, model, tattoo artist and photographer. The color poster is formatted to print on legal paper, 8-1/2″ X 14.” Readers are invited to pass along the link, print a copy for personal use, or print several and post them around town: https://www.yousendit.com/
The Prison Reform Film Festival is dedicated to using cinema to inform and inspire citizens about the need to change prisons in Texas and throughout United States, which houses a quarter of the world’s prisoners in a nation containing 5 percent of its population.
Proceeds from the screenings at Rice Media Center April 8-10 will benefit the non-profit, community-sponsored Pacifica flagship station KPFT FM-Houston.