Dallas death penalty

“Last 40 Miles” at Dallas International Film Festival

I was thrilled to hear that “The Last 40 Miles”, an innovative and compelling animated short film, will be shown next month during the Dallas International Film Festival. I hope you will have a chance to attend one of two screenings:

  • Monday, April 7, 7:00 PM at the Angelika Film Center (5321 E Mockingbird Ln #230, Dallas)
  • Tuesday, April 8, 9:30 PM at the Angelika Film Center

In the film, Raymond, a condemned man, takes his last journey from his solitary cell on death row in Livingston to the execution chamber 40 miles away in Huntsville, Texas. During the journey – his third such trip to the death house – his memories, the unexpected warmth of the guard escorting him, and his ever-present hope keep him company.

I was privileged to attend a viewing party for the film last December and can tell you that this short film, which is based on a true story, truly packs a powerful punch.

Watch the trailer here.

Buy tickets for one of the screenings here (tickets are $12 and can be picked up on site). The film will be shown as part of the Animated Shorts Competition.

Please let us know if you attend a screening and what you think of the film. Invite your friends and family members to go with you!

Questions? Email me at or visit to learn more about the festival.

Best wishes,

DFW Opportunities This Week!
Wednesday, March 26 Collin County meeting 7pm at Suncreek UMC, Allen. Meeting will include watching an episode of Robert Redford’s new series on CNN – “Death Row Stories.” Email for questions.

Thursday, March 27 Scheduled Execution – Anthony Doyle, 6:00pm

Execution Vigils:
Dallas – Execution day at 6 p.m. at the Cathedral of Hope – Interfaith Peace Chapel (5910 Cedar Springs Rd). Local organizing meeting to follow at 6:30. Email for questions. Please attend!

McKinney, St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Community, 110 St. Gabriel Way, last Sunday of the month – March 30, following 11:00am Mass

Denton, the corner of Oak St. and Elm St. on The Square at 6:00pm