DOCUMENTARY: "After Innocence" Tells the Stories of the Wrongfully Convicted Following Their Release

A new documentary, "After Innocence," by Jessica Sanders and Marc Simon, is opening in cities around the country.  This award-winning film (Sundance and other film festivals) tells the stories of wrongfully convicted defendants who were exonerated through DNA evidence, and about what happens to them after their release as they attempt to rebuild their lives.  The film opens in Washington, D.C. at the Landmark's E St. Cinema, 555 11th St. NW, on Friday, Nov. 4.   A discussion will follow the film and bulk discounts are available. 

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New Play About the Life of Karla Faye Tucker to Open in New York Karla, a new play by singer and songwriter Steve Earle will open at the 45 Bleecker St. Theatre on October 20 in New York City.  The play tells the life story of Karla Faye Tucker, the first woman executed in Texas since the Civil War.  She was executed by lethal injection in 1998 while George W. Bush was governor, despite her obvious rehabilitation and opposition from a broad spectrum of national and international leaders.  The play is being presented by The Culture Project, which also presented The Exonerated at the same theatre.  Reduced-priced tickets are available (see sidebar). (The Culture Project release, Sept. 29, 2005).
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NEW MULTIMEDIA RESOURCE: “The Empty Chair: Death Penalty Yes or No”

The Empty Chair: Death Penalty Yes or No is a documentary film produced and directed by Jacqui Lofaro and Victor Teich that tells the stories of four families confronting the loss of loved ones and voicing different perspectives on the death penalty. The movie also features Sister Helen Prejean, an author and spiritual advisor to those condemned to die, and Donald Cabana (pictured), a former death row warden in Mississippi.

Among the family members featured in the film are Renny Cushing, whose father was murdered; Suse and Peter Lowenstein, whose son was killed by a terrorist plane-bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland; Sue Norton, who chose to forgive the man who murdered her step-parents; and Susan Gove Ramunda, a tireless advocate for capital punishment whose daughter was murdered. Each of these family members retraces the crime that took their loved one, the trial that followed, and their personal response to the punishment that was given to the person convicted of the murder.

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