We would like to invite you to be a volunteer to eat a meal and be filmed.
1.) The total time commitment is approximately 40 minutes and the actual filming lasts about 25 minutes.
2.) Volunteers are not required to eat or finish the meal.
3.) Volunteers are asked to sit with the meal for the duration of the filming and not look at the camera.
Final Meals is a community-based performance/video installation. Each final meal as published by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice since 1982 is prepared, consumed, and filmed. Lucky Pierre and volunteers from the community cook recreations of the final meals requested by Texas death row inmates. A volunteer is then videotaped eating the meal. The recorded video is a single 22-minute overhead black and white shot. The food is the focus of the video, what is prepared, what is consumed—a final gesture towards bodily maintenance and comfort.
310 final meals have been published online by the State of Texas (in 2003 the State stopped publicly listing final meal requests). Over the past 10 years Lucky Pierre has now re-created 197 meals. When completed, the project will include over 200 hours of footage.
Complete your contact information below. Please select the time slot(s) you are available to volunteer. Your meal and time will be confirmed within 24 hours of completing this form.