Alien Boy: The Life and Death of James Chasse

Alien Boy: The Life and Death of James Chasse

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COMING FOR THE FIRST TIME TO THE EAST SIDE OF PORTLAND!!!

“Infuriating, tragic, heartbreaking and incendiary in equal measures... plays out like a horror film and leaves you absolutely breathless.”
     ~ AP Kryza, Willamette Week

“Alien Boy is a triumph — and an emotional bulldozer.”
     ~ John Chandler, Portland Monthly

“Lavishly made, Alien Boy is a visually sumptuous, riveting narrative.”
     ~ Anne Richardson, Oregon Movies, A to Z

“Brian Lindstrom's Alien Boy packs a horrifying punch: intimate, terrible & true.”
     ~ Shawn Levy, The Oregonian

"A masterful piece of work, with relevance that extends far beyond Portland."
     ~ Judge Darlene Ortega, The Portland Observer

Brian Lindstrom (director) will do a Q&A on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Andrew Saunderson (editor) with do Q&A Wednesday and Sunday.

Special thanks to the City Club of Portland for their support of the screening on April 7th. For more information on the delivery of mental health services in Multnomah County we recommend you read the recent City Club report available here.

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Alien Boy: The Life and Death of James Chasse
Director: 
Brian Lindstrom
Country: 
USA
Year: 
2013
Runtime: 
90 minutes

On September 17, 2006 James Chasse was stopped by three law enforcement officers in Portland, Oregon in broad daylight. A dozen eyewitnesses watched in horror as the officers tackled, beat, kicked, and tasered James until he lay motionless on the pavement with 16 broken ribs and a punctured lung. He died in the back seat of a Portland Police car about two hours later.

James had not committed a crime so why did the officers attack him? Who was James Chasse? The officers told witnesses he was a drug dealer, a homeless person - a non-person, a ghost. Not true at all. James was a writer, an illustrator, and a musician; he had a home and a family and friends who loved him. He was a small, shy, gentle person who lived with schizophrenia.

Alien Boy: the Life and Death of James Chasse examines his childhood, his intense involvement in the early Portland punk music scene (the song "Alien Boy" by The Wipers is about him), the heart-breaking onset of his schizophrenia, and his brave efforts to avoid institutionalization and maintain his independence.

Using interviews, personal writings, archival footage, official documents and videotaped depositions of the involved police officers, the film explores James Chasse's life and the police actions and decisions that led to his death. What emerges is an intimate and complex story of one man's life, the Chasse family’s struggle for justice, and a city and a system grappling with accountability.

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