(90 minutes) USA
Directors: Katy Chevigny and Kirsten Johnson
Producers: Dallas Brennan and Katy Chevigny
On the eve of his departure from office, George Ryan – longtime conservative Republican, supporter of the death penalty, and governor of Illinois – surprised the nation by commuting the sentences of all 167 prisoners on Death Row. Deadline brings us directly into the debate and the legal process that is set into motion when a group of Northwestern University journalism students uncover evidence of numerous innocent people on Illinois’ Death Row, undermining the credibility of the state’s entire capital justice system. In the wake of this evidence, Ryan orders special clemency hearings for every prisoner awaiting execution. From the well-reasoned legal debates to the heart-wrenching testimony of family members of the victims as well as the condemned, Deadline contributes reason and passion to the ongoing debate about whether nations should employ the ultimate punishment and how justly it is administered.
Katy Chevigny is the Founder and President of Big Mouth Productions and Arts Engine. She is also a co-founder of Mediarights. She produced the award-winning documentaries Innocent Until Proven Guilty, Nuyorican Dream, Brother Born Again and Outside Looking In: Transracial Adoption in America. Chevigny directed and produced Journey to the West: Chinese Medicine Today and directed Hoops on Fire.
Kirsten Johnson directed Innocent Until Proven Guilty, about the juvenile justice system in Washington D.C. Also, she directed Bintou in Paris, the story of a Malian family and female genital mutilation. Johnson has filmed for Big Mouth Productions (Brother Born Again and Journey to the West); Raoul Peck (Whose Profit?); and Barbara Kopple (American Standoff and My Generation), as well as Derrida, Peadbody Award-Winner The Two Towns of Jasper, and the Academy-Award® nominated Asylum. She filmed extensively for Steven Spielberg’s Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation.
Dallas Brennan is a Fulbright Scholar who conducted research on local television programming in Trinidad, West Indies. She produced Journey to the West: Chinese Medicine Today and Phil Bertelsen's Outside Looking In: Transracial Adoption in America. Brennan worked in multiple capacities on the public television documentary Our House and the ten-hour series An American Love Story.
Dallas Brennan, Producer
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