Mark Lund, Executive Producer and Jessica Killam, Producer; are pleased to announce the September 30 – October 2 production of Justice is Mind: Evidence. Principal photography will take place in Oxford, Massachusetts with exterior locations filmed in Worcester, Massachusetts. Production brings together seasoned entertainment professionals and film students.
In Justice is Mind, MRI technology has advanced to a point where imaging of long term memories can be produced in near video quality. When local businessman and restauranteur Henri Miller has the new FVMRI scan and it reveals his murdering of two contractors that worked for his restaurants, the trial of the century begins when a defendant’s own memory is used as the primary evidence against him at trial.
The short film version Evidence begins in the chambers of Judge Richard Wagner when motions are presented by defense counsel in a desperate attempt to suppress the key memory evidence. Evidence continues at the Miller residence with Henri growing more unstable and his journalist wife, Margaret, attempting to bring some normalcy to their situation — a futile attempt when the news seals Henri’s fate.
“The idea for Justice came to me when I was watching a 60 Minutes show in which thought identification was demonstrated using current MRI technology,” said Lund, who also wrote the screenplay. “With science fiction becoming more science fact, Justice just moves up the technology by about ten years and brings it into the courtroom.”
The feature film version of Justice is Mind has already secured digital distribution through the same company that distributed Lund’s 2007 short film First World. The production of Evidence will demonstrate the look and feel of the story while the producers submit the short to film festivals and use the project as a capital raise vehicle for equity investment and crowd funding.
On the production front, Evidence brings together a team of both experienced filmmakers and film students from Fitchburg State University (FSU) and Emerson College. Lund, who was cast by Killam in a short film she produced at FSU this past May, united their network to produce Evidence with the goal of producing the feature film version in June.
“Mark sent me his script after we finished production on a short film I was producing and I loved it,” said Killam. “I’m always looking for new projects to get involved in, and this one seemed like a good fit.”
Justice is Mind: Evidence is sponsored by Pizza Post in Oxford and the Law Firm of Barry Bachrach in Leicester. Zone 5 Pictures, who produced First World with Lund, is serving as producer and film production advisor.
Evidence stars Vernon Aldershoff (Henri Miller), Alexander Cook (John Darrow), Maria Natapov (Constance Smith), John Depew (Judge Wagner), Robin Ann Rapoport (Margaret Miller) and Toula Coin (News Reporter). Evidence also introduces Joshua Hey (Gary Miller) and Kim Merriam (Court Stenographer).
Executive Producer/Director, Mark Lund; Producer/Assistant Director, Jessica Killlam; Director of Photography, Rob Featherstone; Produced by Kim Merriam and Adam Starr; First Camera, Jon Morales; Chief Lighting, Dilia McDonagh; Gaffer, Tony Ventura; Sound Technician, Richard Cowdry; Editors and Visual Effects by Andrew Nolan and Joshua Hey; Makeup Arist, Monique Mercoglinao-Battista; general production assistance Jeremy Blaiklock and Tom Dasilva. Poster design by Rayne Marden.
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