Captivating – Film Journal International
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This feature-length documentary looks inside a most unlikely friendship – between Robert Blecker, one of the country’s most impassioned crusaders for capital punishment, and Daryl Holton, a mass-murderer awaiting execution on Tennessee’s death row.
Blecker, a professor at New York Law School, shares some startling common ground with Holton: both believe that the death penalty is a just and necessary punishment. And as the clock ticks down towards the day when Holton will walk to the electric chair, the two men explore together the meaning of mercy, courage, and the morality of the death penalty. All the while, Blecker continues his fight to keep capital punishment alive in the American justice system.
The resulting portrait is funny, disturbing and vital: a penetratingly personal look at one of the most compelling and confounding moral questions of our time.
CREDITS: ATLAS MEDIA in association with CAPITAL FILMWORKS presents A FILM BY TED SCHILLINGER ROBERT BLECKER WANTS ME DEAD executive producers BRUCE DAVID KLEIN RICHARD ABRAMOWITZ KAKI KIRBY edited by KENDRICK SIMMONS cinematography by MATT HOWE produced by BRUCE DAVID KLEIN directed by TED SCHILLINGER.