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The Conversation

In the Executioner’s Shadow is not an advocacy film. With co-producer and author Rick Stack, an expert on capital punishment, we set out to create a film that would be a catalyst for informed and meaningful dialogue about the death penalty and justice reform. The film probes both pro and con views through two intimate stories, and gives viewers a rare journey into the world of an executioner. I’ve been making documentary films for more than 25 years on a wide range of subjects, but none as intense as this one. "In the Executioner’s Shadow" began as a film about justice, but our characters have shown us so much more. Their resiliency and humanity is inspiring.

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- Maggie Burnette Stogner