ANNOUNCING THE LAST 40 MILES TRAILER PREMIERE AND FUNDRAISER DEC 12, 2012

MEET THE FILMMAKERS BEHIND THE ANIMATED SHORT FILM ABOUT A DEATH ROW INMATE’S FINAL JOURNEY, BASED ON A TRUE STORY

AUSTIN, TX (November 21, 2012) — A group of local filmmakers will be premiering the trailer for The Last 40 Miles, their animated short about an inmate on Texas’s death row at a fundraising event at the Palm Door event center on Wednesday, Dec 12, 2012.

The film is based on a true story, and follows an inmate on his final journey from Texas’s death row in Livingston to the execution chamber in Huntsville. During the ride, his memories, the scenery flashing by and the unexpected compassion of the guard escorting him keep him company.

The Last 40 Miles is the brainchild of British journalist Alex Hannaford, who teamed up with animators Jeff Roth and Lucas Dimick and producer/cinematographer Meg Mulloy. The group began working together early in 2012, to produce the self-funded project. They have since founded a production company, Onalaska Films.

Hannaford, who writes for GQ magazine, the Texas Observer and the UK’s Sunday Times and Sunday Telegraph magazines, based the script on the stories of a few inmates on death row he has interviewed throughout his career. “A couple of these people had already been given three execution dates over the years and each time they were taken to the death chamber and given their last meal, only to be given a reprieve each time,” Hannaford said. “Taking that 40-mile journey myself, it struck me that this is the last thing these condemned men see. And it’s quite beautiful, as the road winds through the east Texas pine woods and across Lake Livingston. I also started to imagine what these people thought about as they took that journey, and this is where “The Last 40 Miles” came from.”

Mulloy, Roth and Dimick are colleagues at the Art Institute of Austin, teaching Photography, Visual Effects & Motion Graphics and Media Arts & Animation, respectively. Their areas of expertise came in handy as the film employs a mix of freehand animation, live footage and rotoscoping, where real actors are animated in post-production.

The film features local actors Victor Steele, Gary Warner Kent and Al Dinneen and a score by British songwriter Ben Onono.

The team aims to enter the short film into film festivals in 2013, and Austinites will get to see the final cut of “The Last 40 Miles” next year, according to the producer.

At the fundraising event on December 12th, there will be live music, snacks and a cash bar. Onalaska Films will be premiering the trailer, and there will be a silent auction of goods and services (just in time for the holidays) and merchandise for sale ­ including a limited edition screenprinted poster.

The Last 40 Miles fundraising event will begin at 7pm at the Palm Door event center, 401 Sabine St. Austin, TX, on December 12th, 2012. For more information contact Meg Mulloy at meg@megmulloy.com or 512 466 4663 | www.40milesmovie.com

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  1. Cordell Staker on

    I know that country from traveling that stretch of highway and working in those communities for four months in 2011. I look forward to seeing the production.

  2. Humanity is a choice but not always recognized as such, easy to excuse its absence if feeling justified. This idea captures our best humanity. Thank you. Luc so very proud of you — as always. Can’t wait to see this. I too will be there with bells on! Suzy

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