Kickstart Your Weekend With 'There Will Be No Stay'

Death penalty doc from the other side

Kickstart Your Weekend With 'There Will Be No Stay'

We've written an astonishing amount about the death penalty.

Between Rick Perry's records and Texas' shoddy record for respecting scientific evidence, we've tried to share some of the stories of the inmates on Texas' death row.

But there's a side to those stories we all hear less often: that of the executioners charged with ending these men and women's lives.

There Will Be No Stay, a documentary by writer/director Patty Ann Dillon sets out to change that.

As you can imagine, making a movie about a process that no one ever talks about is a bit of a struggle considering, well, no one wants to talk about it. The identities of executioners are rarely publicly disclosed, and sadly often only become known after they have committed suicide, an act that is too common in this line of duty. Many false starts and closed doors later, Patty eventually found two men who were willing to invite her into their deeply private lives and go on the record about how they became executioners, what the job is truly like, and how it changed their lives forever.

The project's Kickstarter campaign currently has 91 backers, but with almost $25,000 to go to reach its goal by Dec. 11, it could use your help. Take a look at the pitch video and trailer below – a rare look at the men on the other side of the needle.


Kickstart Your Weekend is a series intended to showcase Texas film and tech projects that are crowdfunding their way to a goal, be it distribution, a prototype, or production costs. If you have a project that we should know about, email us at filmflam@austinchronicle.com.

READ MORE
More Kickstarter
Opening the Book on Roller Derby
Opening the Book on Roller Derby
Local photographer Kickstarting history of Texas Rollergirls

Richard Whittaker, June 9, 2016

Adair Aiming for Indiewire Award
Adair Aiming for Indiewire Award
Linklater's editor's film eligible for prize

Richard Whittaker, Jan. 7, 2016

More by Monica Riese
A Paramount Slate
A Paramount Slate
Paramount and Stateside programming heats up

April 3, 2014

Board Games and More
Board Games and More
Announcements from the Austin Film Society

April 2, 2014

KEYWORDS FOR THIS POST

Kickstarter, crowdfunding, death penalty, execution, death row, There Will Be No Stay

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
AC Daily, Events and Promotions, Luvdoc Answers

Breaking news, recommended events, and more

Official Chronicle events, promotions, and giveaways

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)