Item Details

Raising Hell [electronic resource]: The Life of A.J. Bannister

directed by Stephen Trombley and Produced by Bruce Eadie
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
This is a contemporary story of crime and punishment in the Midwest. It tells the story of death-row inmate Alan (A.J.) Bannister, who killed a man in a trailer park in a struggle over a gun. The film reconstructs his troubled life from his childhood in a rural, working class community in central Illinois, where he was a good student and active in sports, to his gradual descent into a life of petty crime In his three years of researching the case, the filmmaker uncovered startling new evidence that the killing was not a contract killing, as the prosecution asserted, but second degree murder, which would not carry the death sentence. Raising Hell approaches a tense climax as A.J. s execution date is set. As the day approaches, the viewer is taken inside the death watch cell to experience the countdown. His wife and mother, his friends, the film crew and prison staff have made their final preparations when A.J. is granted a stay of execution, two hours before he is scheduled to die.
Director
Stephen Trombley; Produced
Release Date
2000
Run Time
26 min.
Language
English
Rating
For College; Adult audiences
Notes
  • Originally released as DVD.
  • Title from resource description page (viewed May 24, 2011).
Awards Note
International Documentary Film Festival, Amsterdam, 1995
Silver Plaque, Chicago Film Festival, 1995
Series
Eye for Justice
Filmakers Library Online
Series Statement
Eye for Justice ; 2
Published
New York, NY : Filmakers Library, 2000.
Access Restriction
Access restricted to subscribers.
Description
1 online resource (26 min.).
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