IN THE EXECUTIONER’S SHADOW
(40 min) US

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SUNDAY OCTOBER 18 (SESSION 9)

Director:Maggie Burnette Stogner
Producers: Maggie Burnette Stogner, Rick Stack

Description:

In the Executioner’s Shadow tackles tough issues of justice, injustice, and capital punishment. It casts a penetrating look at the consequences of the death penalty through three powerful personal narratives. One pro. One con. And the rarely heard perspective of a former executioner who reveals an astonishing story. The subject of this film, Jerry Givens, passed away from COVID-19 in April and this screening is dedicated to his memory.

Biography:

Maggie Burnette Stogner has over 30 years of documentary filmmaking experience. She is the founder and owner of Blue Bear Films, executive member of Women in Film and Video, National Emmy judge of finalists in the Best Documentary category, former CINE board member, and Golden Eagles Distinguished judge. She directed, produced and wrote Gold Mountain, a broadcast one-hour documentary about pioneering Chinese in the Old West through the eyes of descendants. She was a producer and senior producer of National Geographic’s award-winning series, Explorer. She is a professor of film and media arts at American University in Washington D.C.

Rick Stack’s professional life is dedicated to social justice. Working in the Jackson County (MO) Public Defender’s Office, Rick has learned, first-hand, just how many mistakes, large and small, are made daily in a courthouse. In the late 1970’s, Rick’s research on global resource issues brought him to Washington, DC, where he has held a series of jobs devoted to fighting global and local hunger and poverty. In the 1980’s, Rick became the Founding Executive Director of the Capital Area Food Bank and the first Board Chair of the DC Central Kitchen. In 1984, he developed and taught the course “Politics of Hunger” as an adjunct instructor at American University. Rick has written numerous journal articles and made many conference presentations on social justice. His more recent books draw from his experiences in the Public Defender’s Office and years of service as a pro-bono communication strategist for the National Coalition to the Abolish the Death Penalty. This work applies theories of litigation public relations to influence popular opinion about capital punishment.

Contact information:

w: http://www.intheexecutionersshadow.com
e: maggiestogner@me.com


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