AV Documentary about Death Row, Death Masks, Art, Love and the Human Condition.
See the trailer here
Watch the entire film here
Punkvert's latest film creation is "402" - an AV documentary about the death of John Joe Amador - "Ash" to his friends.
Ash was executed by the State of Texas on 29th August 2007. The Baroness von Reichardt accompanied Ash's wife Linda in the Huntsville Death Chamber. After the execution artist Nick Reynolds made a death mask of Ash, with full permission and blessing of Ash and all his friends and family.
Paul Blackwood and other members of the group captured this both most sorrowful and amazing event on camera. The tale unfolds in the film and is one of the strangest creations yet screened in British underground cinemas.
402 the film came out Autumn 2008 and premiered to a packed house at the Portobello Film Festival on the 10th September at Inn On the Green. with no seats left in the house, supporters came to sit on the floor and stand throughout the 77 minute film.
The AV nature of the film and the original score composed by Paul Blackwood is complimented with music from Dizzi Dulcimer, Sandy Dillon, The Doomed Bird of Providence, Nick Reynolds, Alabama 3, Tom Antona, anarchistwood and nomeansno.
Interviewees in the film include Tony Benn, Paul Blackwood, Gerry Conlon, Paddy Hill, Arthur Mallinson, Billy Moore, Lisa Prieto, Nick Reynolds, Carrie Richards, Clive Stafford Smith, Lucinda Wild, Jim Willett, Connie Wright.
Photo Contributions come from Dave Maass
"Each year at Portobello I rediscover the magic of the movies. And this year there were two films that I particularly enjoyed.
The first was a film called `That Samba Thing' by Teddy Hayes. Over 100 people stayed till 11.30pm on a Sunday night to find out how the story ended. `That Samba Thing' is a lovely film and a pleasure to watch.
My second magic moment was watching `#402' a documentary about an execution in the USA. The film pulled no punches. We saw a person on screen who had been executed. Yet humanity and commitment shone
through. It is a brilliant piece of passionate, haunting, political film making. Anyone who saw that movie won't forget it in a hurry. I haven't seen a better film this year."
Geoff Mann - Portobello Film Festival 2008
If you were to find your self in a Texan woodland cabin on a hell-hot afternoon with the dead body of a man that had spent half of his life banged up on Death Row, would you put it down to being trapped in an appalling nightmare?
John Joe "Ash" Amador, a 30-year-old Hispanic American, was executed 29/08/2007 in Huntsville, Texas for the 1994 murder of a San Antonio taxi driver. He went to his death, still protesting his innocence, with an armful of lethal chemicals and the words, "God forgive them, for they know not what they do" on his lips.
In August 2007 , a group of London artists went on a journey to Huntsville, Texas, to bear witness and capture on film, the events surrounding his execution and the making of his death mask.
‘402’ is an exhibition of this work including art inspired by and in memory of “Ash” at The Vibe Bar Gallery 91-95 Brick Lane London E1 6QL
Private view May 1st 2008 from 6 pm till 8 p.m (special invite only)
8:30 pm till 12pm Launch of Amador Foundation and Mojo Benefit Party
Exhibition Starts May 2nd- ends May 31st 2008
Gallery Times: Thursday - Sunday 12 - 6:30