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BIG MOUTH PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS THEIR NEWEST DOCUMENTARY, DEADLINE

In January 2003, Republican Governor George Ryan granted blanket clemency to all 167 people on death row in Illinois, commuting their sentences to life without parole. With astounding access to special clemency hearings, the death row prisoners, exonerated men and Governor Ryan himself, directors Katy Chevigny and Kirsten Johnson bring us directly into the emotional and legal storm surrounding Ryan’s extraordinary decision.

Black Point Film Festival, Lake Geneva, WI
WINNER Best Feature Documentary
WINNER Audience Award
WINNER Best Directing

The Nashville Film Festival, Nashville, TN
HONORABLE MENTION, Best Feature Documentary

Check out Katy Chevigny's interview with WBEZ in Chicago for Eight Forty-Eight. This interview was to promote the one week theatrical run of Deadline at the Gene Siskel Film Center which began on June 4, 2004.

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Chicago Sun-Times
Roger Ebert

"...'Deadline' is all the more effective because it is calm, factual and unsensational. There are times when we are confused by its chronology and by how its story threads fit together, but it makes an irrefutable argument: Our criminal justice system is so flawed, especially when it deals with the poor and the nonwhite, that we cannot be sure of the guilt of many of those we put to death. George Ryan, not running for re-election, faced that truth and commuted those sentences, and said he could live with his decision. George Bush was absolutely confident he was right to allow 152 prisoners to die. He could live with his decision, too."

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... a strength of "Deadline" is that it's not polemical. There is no rage here or Michael Moore-like bluster. Instead, "Deadline" is a straightforward, compassionate look at a volatile subject.

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The Hollywood Reporter, James Greenberg

"The film is an example of social activism at its best; it's not only enlightening, but it's an engrossing story that a smart television audience should embrace."

"Few issues in American life are as deeply conflicted as capital punishment. "Deadline" does not pretend to be unbiased but makes a powerful case for leniency. Along with Ryan, the docu argues that as long as there is any chance of error, the death penalty is unconscionable in a democracy."

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Chicago Sun-Times, Richard Roeper

“…Deadline, an excellent documentary from Katy Chevigny and Kirsten Johnson chronicling the astonishingly flawed criminal justice system in Illinois. The film shines the spotlight on some former Death Row inmates, as well as the Northwestern University students and Chicago Tribune reporters whose work helped persuade Ryan to put a moratorium on executions in Illinois and ultimately to commute the death sentence of 167 Death Row inmates to life in prison without parole.”

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