FUNDING SECURED TO PRODUCE
JUSTICE IS MIND!
I am pleased to report that funding has been secured and closed to produce the feature film Justice Is Mind!
Since I first wrote the screenplay in 2010 and produced the short film version Justice Is Mind: Evidence in 2011, interest in this project has been steadily and enthusiastically growing. With five screenings to date, a distribution deal with IndieFlix and the DVD of the short film version Evidence being released in June, the next step in this process was to produce the feature length version.
Easier said than done, securing equity funding to produce a feature is incredibly difficult even in the best of circumstances. It is as much a passionate decision as a business one--and one that must be decided for the long haul.
But after Mary Wenninger and Stefan Knieling saw the short film, the dedicated work by the cast and crew paid off--the call came in and the funding came together. Being thankful doesn't even begin to describe my appreciation for their belief in this project.
To give you a bit of background on the backers of Justice Is Mind, Mary is a senior executive at a major chemical company in Houston, Texas. Her husband Stefan is chief executive officer of a commercial construction company and also represents one of the world's largest parking guidance systems in the United States.
Mark Lund with Mary Wenninger in Texas in May.
With funding in place our work begins in earnest to start principal photography in August. First, I'm delighted to report that Jessica Killam who served as assistant director and producer on Evidence will be returning to Justice Is Mind in the same capacity. In the coming days, we will be reaching out to the cast and crew from the short about the feature and to continue the pre-production process through additional cast and crew notices. In addition to securing locations, another area we will be exploring with Justice Is Mind is the incorporation of sponsored brands. Presentations in automotive, technology, restaurant/hospitality and apparel categories will begin in June.
Mark Lund with Jessica Killam, Toula Coin (Evidence/Reporter) and Andrew Nolan (Evidence/Editor)
at the world premiere of Justice Is Mind: Evidence in January.
In summary the science fiction in Justice Is Mind will soon be fact. I recently had a discussion with one of the leading scientists in this field who stated to me that that our setting date in 2026 is pessimistic and will be a reality within 7-10 years. On the side of the courtroom, Emory University, by example, is hosting a December discussion titled Use and Abuse of Neuroimaging in the Courtroom.
To Mary and Stefan, our contributors from our IndieGoGo campaign and the cast and crew of the short film, I can't thank you enough for your support and dedication to this project.
Some have said that producing a feature in this economic climate is nearly impossible. Well, to quote one of my favorite science fiction TV series "The impossible takes just a little longer."