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  • Michael O'Neill and Richard Schiff previously appeared together in 14 episodes of The West Wing and one episode of Roswell High.
  • Due to the film's heavy subject matter and sometimes depressing tone, director Chinonye Chukwu made sure to keep the tone on set happy and light, and checked in on actors between takes.
  • To prepare for their roles, Alfre Woodard met with prison wardens and Aldis Hodge spoke with two men on death row. Director Chinonye Chukwu accompanied them.


  • Anthony Woods is loosely based on real-life death row inmate Troy Davis, who was similarly executed for murder in 2011 while protesting his innocence to the end, to much public controversy. Woods' last words in the film are nearly verbatim to Davis' recorded final words before execution.
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