Jackson documentary to be screened at Chautauqua

CHAUTAUQUA – Join the Robert H. Jackson Center for Liberty under Law: The Robert H. Jackson Story on July 30 at 5:30 p.m. at the Chautauqua Cinema. This special screening is being held in conjunction with the Robert H. Jackson Center’s weeklong Special Studies lecture series at the Chautauqua Institution on “The Practice of Justice Jackson’s Art: Talent & Responsibility in Public Communication.”

Produced by Main Street Media, Inc. of North East, Pa., the 90-minute film chronicles the life and legacy of Robert H. Jackson from rural America to President Franklin Roosevelt’s inner circle as he becomes Solicitor General, Attorney General, U.S. Supreme Court Justice and Chief U.S. Prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trial. Through the life of this remarkable American, the film examines the reaches of presidential power during wartime; the tenuous balance between civil liberties and national security; and the global application of international law.

Over the course of their work, producers Lisa and Rich Gensheimer visited numerous archival collections where they secured hundreds of images, documents, and newsreels. On-location scenes were filmed in the forests and farms of northwestern Pennsylvania, and the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, DC. as the producers explore how Jackson’s early life in rural northwestern Pennsylvania and southwestern New York influenced his character and, ultimately, his contributions to the world.

The Robert H. Jackson Center’s mission is to advance the legacy of Robert H. Jackson through education and exhibits, and by preserving the relevance of his ideas for this and future generations. The Center is located at 305 E. Fourth St., Jamestown. Tours are available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, or to schedule a tour of the Center outside of regular business hours, e-mail info@roberthjackson.org or contact the Robert H. Jackson Center at 483-6646.