Dr. Carlo Musso has been helping the state of Georgia execute inmates via lethal injection since 2003. The medical community strongly and unanimously opposes the use of medicine for executions. Yet, most states practicing lethal injection require a physician presence. In exchange, they offer a cloak of anonymity. The Sandman explores Dr. Musso’s own moral equivocation and justification for providing “end of life care” within the correctional environment, while personally opposing capital punishment.


Lauren Knapp


  • Festival – Rosebud Award
  • 2017 DC Shorts Film Festival – Audience Award
  • 2017 Student Academy Awards – Finalist
  • 2017 BAFTA Student Film Awards – Short List
  • 2017 Small Axe Radical Short Film Festival – Best
  • And more...


Lauren Knapp works across platforms to tell nonfiction stories. While her interests vary (Mongolian rock music, lockdown drills in elementary schools, DIY body hackers, the experience of femininity through aging, the use of medicine in executions), her approach is consistent - she dives deep into the story. Her first 360 video project, “The Crystal Reef” (co-directed with Cody Karutz), premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival as part of the Virtual Arcade. Documentary is a form of investigation - of an idea, a location, an event, or a person. Her work has appeared on the PBS NewsHour, NPR, PRI’s The World, The New York Times, and The Atlantic website. Her films have been shown at festivals throughout North America, Europe and Asia including the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Big Sky Film Festival,
Independent Film Festival of Boston, and Thin Line Film Festival.