DeathPenaltyFail: A Really Quick & Occasionally Bloody Look at the Death Penalty
A fast paced ride through all of the facts and stats that you need to know to be armed for a debate on this issue. Despite its dark humour and irreverent tone, a human presence is maintained in the storytelling. The stick-man inmate drags us through the reality of the death penalty, and debunks some of the common assumptions. It’s intentionally provocative, reminding those watching that ultimately this is about the taking of a human life.
This cartoon is a co-production between Sundog Pictures and animation studio Flickerlab and is designed for the undecided. No matter what your politics, the problems within the system are broken beyond repair.
DeathPenaltyFail: A Conservative Concern
Pat Monks, a proud Texan Republican, meets a number of conservatives who have first-hand experience of the death penalty process. Pat meets Ron Briggs, who was involved in bringing back the Death Penalty in California in 1977; Mimi Kelle, whose brother was brutally murdered in Nebraska; Governor Mark White who signed off on the executions of 19 men; and also Alfred ‘Dewayne’ Brown, the latest innocent man to be exonerated in Texas.
Unlike liberal arguments that we’re more used to hearing on this issue, we re-examine the facts. Whether it be the cost implications, the lack of closure it delivers to victims’ families, or the inaccuracy of the system – their testimony is explosive and unwavering.
DeathPenaltyFail: Mimi’s Story
Mimi Kelle is from Nebraska, a state that is reconsidering its stance on the Death Penalty. In 1985, Mimi’s brother James was killed by a religious cult leader. 30 years later, Mimi has still not found closure.
DeathPenaltyFail: Ron’s Story
Ron Briggs’ family were responsible for the reinstatement of the death penalty in California in 1977. He thought they were doing the right thing for the people. Ron sees things differently now that he’s done the sums.
DeathPenaltyFail: Dewayne’s Story
In 2005, Alfred ‘Dewayne’ Brown was sentenced to death for murder. Ten years later, his case was overturned and he was found innocent of any involvement in the crime. Dewayne and his lawyer Brian, return to Texas’ death row.
DeathPenaltyFail: A Lethal Injection
This video contains images that some viewers may find offensive.
A painstaking reconstruction of a real-time execution by lethal injection that highlights some of the very specific issues relating to the USA’s preferred execution method. Using CCTV footage, authentic set design and a script based on real life events, the reality of a lethal injection is heightened to uncomfortable levels.*
*This video is a dramatized execution and features fictional characters.