AUSTIN, Texas (Sept. 21, 2012) – Steak and potatoes? Lasagna? Pepperoni pizza? It's almost an impossible question for many people to think about what their last meal would be, but Julie Green from Corvallis, Ore., turned this question into art when she began depicting images of the final meal requests of death-row inmates.

Her story is told in “The Last Supper,” a video feature from the debut issue of Dark Rye, a Whole Foods Market online magazine. “The Last Supper” is an official selection at the Healdsburg International Short Film Festival and the Arizona Underground Film Festival and it will be screened in Healdsburg, Calif. and Tucson, Ariz. this Sunday, Sept. 23.

“What drew us to sharing the story of Julie Green's work was that we felt she had found a unique way to engage people about one of the most complex and polarizing topics imaginable —capital punishment— and relate it to the universal necessity of food,” said Ira Chute, director and producer for Dark Rye Productions. “At first glance ‘The Last Supper’ might seem bizarre or morbid, but really it's about starting a conversation and humanizing a tough subject. Julie has such a thoughtful, even-keeled philosophy toward her project. The subtlety of her approach naturally brings a difficult topic to light in a non-confrontational and profound way.”

“The Last Supper” was selected from more than 600 video submissions for the Healdsburg International Short Film Festival and will be screened in front of guest judges like Tom Waits and Ed Begley, Jr.

This Arizona Underground Film Festival is celebrating its 5th year as one of the nation’s top underground cult film festivals.

Each month features stories of creativity and curiosity from people who make life more sustainable. The current issue’s theme is “Emerge,” which is all about that moment when an idea turns into a reality.

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