BUFS screens newly restored Kennedy documentary Rush to Judgment

The Brock University Film Society (BUFS) will host a special screening of Rush to Judgment at the Film House next week to mark the 60th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy (JFK).

The event will showcase a new 4K restoration of the documentary, followed by a discussion led by Associate Professor Anthony Kinik and Professor Emeritus Barry Grant of the Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film.

Emile de Antonio’s 1967 documentary Rush to Judgment, based on lawyer Mark Lane’s 1966 book, questions the conclusions of the 1964 Warren Commission Report regarding the details of Kennedy’s murder and who was responsible.

Kinik says he is excited to share this “crucial artifact from the early years of the controversy surrounding JFK’s murder and its investigation” with today’s audience.

“De Antonio was one of the greatest documentary filmmakers of the period, best known for Point of Order!, his scathing indictment of the McCarthy hearings in the 1950s, and for In the Year of the Pig, the first important film to question America’s involvement in Vietnam,” says Kinik. “His 1971 film, Millhouse: A White Comedy, was a trenchant critique of Richard Milhous Nixon released during Nixon’s first term, years before news of the Watergate scandal went public.”

Rush to Judgment screens Wednesday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. at the Film House in downtown St. Catharines. Tickets for all screenings are available at the Film House. General admission is $9.50 or $7.50 for Film House members, plus tax.

Learn more about this and upcoming screenings on the BUFS website.

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