Special Screening of "Dead Man Walking" at Lake Theatre
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A special presentation of the film “Dead Man Walking” will be shown. Local film and theatre expert Doug Deuchler introduces the film and leads a discussion after the screening. The drama is shown in advance of an appearance by Sister Helen Prejean, a leading advocate for abolition of the death penalty, on Oct. 17. “Dead Man Walking” (R/122 min), which was co-produced and directed by Tim Robbins, was adapted from a non-fiction book of the same name written by Sister Prejean, who established a special relationship with Matthew Poncelet (Sean Penn), a prisoner on death row in Louisiana. Sister Prejean served as his spiritual adviser after carrying on a correspondence with him. Sister Prejean will speak at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 17 at St. Catherine of Siena – St. Lucy Parish, 38 N. Austin Blvd, Oak Park. All are welcome. The evening will begin at 7 p.m. with a performance by the combined concert gospel choirs of St. Catherine of Siena – St. Lucy Church, St. Martin de Porres Church in Chicago and St. Eulalia Church in Maywood. Following her keynote address, Sister Prejean participates in a guided dialogue with Karen L. Daniel, director of the Center on Wrongful Convictions of Northwestern University’s School of Law. Book sales and signings will follow the event. Registration and donation in advance are strongly preferred. A $10 donation for Sister Prejean’s ministry against the death penalty is requested from each attendee, if possible.