A Discussion with Mark Lane and Robert Primes Oct. 28, 2013
Prior to the screening of the 1966 film, Rush To Judgment (cdsporch.org/archives/20303), Writer/Producer Mark Lane and Cinematographer Robert Primes, appeared via online stream for a brief discussion.
Watch the film here: youtube.com/watch?v=QAnX7atkpyA
Mark Lane has been a practicing attorney for over half a century. His list of accomplishments is legendary: he successfully defended Russell Means, Dennis Banks and the American Indian Movement after the 1973 siege of Wounded Knee, he freed the innocent James Joseph Richardson from death row in Florida, he was lead counsel in a precedent-setting case in Washington, D.C. that established the rights of women to bring actions for sexual harassment, he served in the New York Legislature and, in 1971, was the only public official arrested as a Freedom Rider in Jackson, Mississippi, he was a third party vice-presidential candidate in 1968 running on the Freedom and Peace Party ticket with activist Dick Gregory and, as counsel for the People’s Temple, he was one of the few survivors of the tragedy in Jonestown, Guyana tragedy. Lane was one of the first public critics of the conclusions of the Warren Commission’s investigation of the assassination of President Kennedy and his New York Times best-seller, Rush To Judgment, is considered a seminal work among researchers, scholars and historians.
Robert Primes, ASC is one of the most respected cinematographers working in Hollywood and is credited in over a hundred film and television shows. He is the recipient of numerous industry awards and, in 2008, he was awarded the President’s lifetime achievement award from the Society of Camera Operators. He has served as the vice president and treasurer of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC), has served on the national executive board of the International Cinematographers Guild and has chaired numerous guild committees. He designed and teaches the cinematography lab at the American Film Institute and has lectured at film schools around the country. Rush To Judgment was his first film.