by Yankee Shopper staff
OXFORD/MILLBURY – Bob Leveillee, owner of Pizza Post, plays Mr. Oxford in the psychological courtroom drama Justice is Mind, which continues a national screening tour at the Elm Draught House Cinema in Millbury on Monday, May 19, at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the box office. Millbury will mark the 18th screening of Justice is Mind.
Set in the near future where advanced MRI technology can read your memory, Justice is Mind follows wealthy businessman and restaurant owner Henri Miller who has been afflicted with unexplained headaches since childhood. When he has a new Functional Video MRI procedure and it reveals that he has allegedly shot and killed two people, the trial of the century begins in which Miller is faced with his own memory at trial. But all is not as it seems as a dark family secret, held by Henri's minister father Joseph, reveals itself in the courtroom.
Justice is Mind's producer and director is Mark Lund, a Worcester native, who was inspired to write the story after seeing a 60-Minutes segment on “thought identification” in 2009. The movie had its initial screening in August of last year and was the 8th highest rated independent feature film released in 2013 on IMDb, the online movie database.
Lund set the movie primarily in Massachusetts, filming it in Oxford, Shrewsbury, and Worcester. Lund said he first found the Pizza Post in Oxford in 2011 when he shot a short version of the film and then returned to it for the feature length version.
“I knew we were going to film a good part of the movie in Oxford and I was looking around the town for a pizza restaurant as a possible location and as a sponsor of the film. Honestly, Pizza Post had a great website and even more importantly, great landscaping. How many pizza restaurants have such great landscaping? For me it was simply a matter of the presentation of his business,” Lund explained.
This was Bob Leveillee's first role in a movie. He plays the character of Mr. Oxford, who owns a pizza restaurant in the same town as Henri Miller and they are good friends. Mr. Oxford actually employs Mr. Miller's on-screen son Gary to work at his restaurant.
“It's a supporting, but very important, character, as it links several elements of the story,” said Lund of Leveillee's role.
Leveillee describes his experience: “I was nervous, scared I would forget my lines. But everyone on the set was very supportive as we were all trying to make a great product. We all lifted each other up. It was a great experience and continues to be. It really piqued my interest in the industry and I would love to do more in the future.”
Lund was enthusiastic about the screening in Millbury. “Ever since I can remember the Elm has been one of the go-to theaters for great movies and refreshments. I'm delighted to have the opportunity to screen 'Justice' at one of the earliest pioneers of cinema pubs.”
The cast of Justice is Mind got to try Pizza Post's pizza during the filming, which occurred on a Monday when the restaurant was closed. Film-goers at the May 19 Elm Draught House screening will also have an incentive to try it. Leveillee is offering ticket holders a dollar-for-dollar credit at Pizza Post when they bring their tickets in for redemption.
Pizza Post is located at 273 Main Street, Oxford; phone 508-987-7172. The Elm Draught House Cinema is at 35 Elm Street, Millbury; phone 508-865-2850.