In the Executioner’s Shadow

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Mon, 01/07/2019 - 6:30pm to 7:00pm
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This Week on Prison Pipeline

Please join co-host Emma Lugo as she speaks with Professors Richard Stack and Maggie Stogner about their new film, « In the Executioner’s Shadow » airing this coming Tuesday, January 15th in Salem followed by a panel with former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber.

The Oregon premiere of In the Executioner's Shadow, a film about justice, injustice, and the death penalty, will kick off the 2019 Salem Progressive Film Series (SPFS). The film has recently been recognized by several national critics and accepted at several film festivals.

Critics around the country have lauded this film as one that will get people talking, inspire viewers to question their originally held positions, and disrupt complacency in regard to justice and the death penalty in America.

In the Executioner's Shadow was written by American University professor Richard Stack, who wrote the book Grave Injustice, which was about the wrongful executions of 16 cases in America. Professor Stack's speaking tour in 2014 included stops in Salem, Corvallis, Portland, and Eugene.

Maggie Stogner, Stack's co-producer of the film, serves as the executive director of the American University's Center for Environmental Filmmaking. She is a professor of film and media arts at American University and brings over 30 years of filmmaking experience to the Center to her classroom and now to Oregon. She spent nine years with National Geographic producing, directing, and writing numerous documentaries. She was also the senior producer of the award-winning weekly programs Explorer and Ultimate Explorer.

In conjunction with Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (OADP), SPFS will show the film on January 15 at Salem's Grand Theater. Following the film, there will be a panel discussion that will include questions from the audience. On the panel is former Governor John Kitzhaber, who declared a moratorium of Oregon executions on Nov. 22, 2011. Also invited to the panel are Frank Thompson, former superintendent at the Oregon State Penitentiary who oversaw the 1996 and 1997 Oregon executions; former Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul DeMuniz; and Jeff Ellis, director of Oregon Capital Resource Center and top death penalty defense attorney in the Northwest.

In the Executioner's Shadow will be offered to cable TV community access channels throughout the state and for public showings in cities and towns around Oregon. Individuals and organizations who would like to arrange a showing during the January 15 through May 15, 2019 period should contact OADP by calling (503) 990-7060.

Prison Pipeline is a radio program dedicated to educating the public about the Oregon criminal justice system. Our goal is to present a unique understanding of the criminal justice system, address the root causes of crime, and challenge the status quo. We seek to promote awareness and activism in order to foster a safe, healthy, and just society. Tune in every Monday at 6:30 P.M. to hear our hosts Karen James, Adam Carpinelli, Amy Johnson, Emma Lugo, Doug McVay and Nicole Lindahl explore the Oregon justice system with a variety of guests. Hosts rotate weekly. Prison Pipeline's engineers are Danielle Parks and Michael Ftaclas.

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