At the Death House Door (2008)

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At the Death House Door (2008)

An investigation of the wrongful death of Carlos DeLuna, who was executed in Texas on December 7, 1989, after prosecutors ignored evidence inculpating a man, who bragged to friends about committing the crimes of which DeLuna was convicted.
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Creators
Director Peter Gilbert
Director Steve James
Information
Release Date2008-03-09
Runtime1h 38mins
GenreDocumentary
Content Rating
Awards1 win & 1 nomination.
CompanyKartemquin Films, The Chicago Tribune
CountryUSA
LanguageEnglish
Carroll Pickett
Carroll Pickett
Self - Retired Minister
Steve Mills
Steve Mills
Self - Chicago Tribune
Maurice Possley
Maurice Possley
Self - Chicago Tribune (as Maury Possley)
Anne Ellis
Anne Ellis
Self - Pickett's Daughter
Charlotte Hirschfelder
Charlotte Hirschfelder
Self - Pickett's Daughter
Karel Henry
Karel Henry
Self - Pickett's Daughter
Ed Garza
Ed Garza
Self - Former Police Detective
Jim Willett
Jim Willett
Self - Prison Museum Director
Roy Villanueva
Roy Villanueva
Self - Inmate Choir Director
Rodney Smith
Rodney Smith
Self - Former Inmate
Preston Rodrigues
Preston Rodrigues
Self - Former Inmate
Fred Allen
Fred Allen
Self - Shipping Broker
Steven Pickett
Steven Pickett
Self
Rose Rhoton
Rose Rhoton
Self
Dave Atwood
Dave Atwood
Self

At the Death House Door

At the Death House Door is a 2008 documentary film about Carroll Pickett, who served as the death house chaplain to the infamous "Walls" prison unit in Huntsville, Texas. It was produced and directed by the team of Steve James and Peter Gilbert, co-produced by Zak Piper and Aaron Wickenden. James and Gilbert had previously worked together on the well-received Kartemquin Films documentary Hoop Dreams, on which James was the producer and director and Gilbert served as producer and director of photography. The film was produced by Kartemquin Films in association with the Chicago Tribune, which provided partial funding.


Synopsis

Pickett presided over 95 executions in his 15-year career, including the very first by lethal injection. He kept his feelings about his work from his family, instead audiotaping an account of each one. Initially pro-execution, he became an anti-death penalty activist.

Pickett was most affected by the execution of Carlos DeLuna in 1989. He firmly believed in De Luna's innocence. In 2006, Chicago Tribune reporters Maurice Possley and Steve Mills published a detailed investigation suggesting that another man had committed the crime for which De Luna was executed, and the film recounts the evidence brought forth in that investigation.