Mark Lund wrote Justice Is Mind in 2010 and produced the short film version 'Justice Is Mind: Evidence (2011)' in 2011 to promote the feature length screenplay and as a capital raise vehicle. Based on the short, Lund raised the funding to produce Justice Is Mind.
After seeing the trailer at an industry event, the commissioner of the Schenectady Film Commission invited Justice Is Mind to premiere in Albany, NY as part of Inspiration Week and because of MRI history in the region. General Electric, in Schenectady, was one of the pioneers in developing MRI technology in the 1980s, the backbone to the Justice Is Mind story is advanced MRI technology.
Principally filmed in Oxford, MA and returned to the same house as the short film version that acts as the Miller residence. The house is owned by Kim Merriam. In the short film version Merriam played the court stenographer. In the feature Merriam plays an FVMRI technician. In real life Merriam is a research scientist for a major pharmaceutical company.
All the MRI images you see from Henri Miller are the real life scans of Vernon Aldershoff who played the character. The scans were done at the same time the MRI scenes were being shot at The MRI Centers of New England in Haverhill, MA.
Originally another actor was cast to play Henri Miller's son Gary Miller. Scheduling conflicts required a last minute casting change. Dmitri Aldershoff, the real life son of Vernon Aldershoff who plays Henri Miller, was cast as Gary Miller. When director Mark Lund cast Richard Sewell as Henri Miller's father Joseph Miller, Lund remarked that because he would be driving several hours from Maine to set in Massachusetts that he could carpool with Maine resident Kim Gordon who plays Constance Smith. Sewell remarked that would be easy as Gordon is his wife.
The scenes at Worcester Hospital where Henri Miller is taken after he collapses were shot at the Vernon Medical Center building in Worcester, MA. The name of the actor that plays Henri Miller is Vernon Aldershoff. Eleanor Lund, director Mark Lund's mother who plays a juror, once worked at Worcester City Hospital. Her late father's first name was Vernon.
The international premiere of Justice Is Mind (2013) took place on October 29, 2014 on Cunard Line's Queen Elizabeth ocean liner. Writer/Director Mark Lund's project in development, SOS United States, takes place around an ocean liner.
Over 300 actors from all over the United States and some foreign countries submitted for the various roles. After three rounds of auditions, 35 were cast in speaking roles for a total of 120 actors including the various background performers.
Director Mark Lund was inspired to write Justice Is Mind after he discovered a 60 Minutes broadcast that discussed Thought Identification techniques used in fMRI procedures. He talked to one of the scientists interviewed in the story and was informed that the science fiction in Justice Is Mind could be science fact in 7-10 years.
The trivia item below may give away important plot points.
The painting, Portrait of a Young Man, that is seen in the Miller residence at the end of Justice Is Mind (2013) is a real painting that was stolen by the Nazis in Poland during World War II. In Justice Is Mind the painting resolves a link between two of the main characters. In The Monuments Men (2014), this same painting is consumed by fire at the end the movie. Portrait of a Young Man has yet to be found. The book, The Rape of Europa, estimates the paintings value at over $100 million.