The Alien Boy Film Benefit takes place tomorrow, September 17th. I asked Matt Davis, who wrote the film, what its like working on this project. He simply stated: “It's the most important thing I've ever done in my life.”
Info from Chloe at Reading Frenzy:
Join us this Wednesday, September 17th at the Wonder Ballroom for the Alien Boy Film Benefit featuring Tender Forever, Calvin Johnson and Ah Holly Fam'ly! We'll also be screening excerpts from the film, hearing from some of the filmmakers, and celebrating the release of the Alien Boy zine, edited by Erin Yanke and Icky Ciccone, printed by Eberhardt Press, and sponsored by Reading Frenzy and Yoga Shala.
Two years ago this Wednesday, Portland resident James Chasse — who had not committed a crime — was apprehended by Portland police, beaten and tased, and taken to jail. Although he had been cleared for transport by paramedics on the scene, the jail nurses refused to admit him due to the severity of his injuries. James needed to be taken to the closest emergency room, but instead the same officers who had beaten him chose to head to a psychiatric hospital. James died en route in the back of their squad car.
Written by Portland Mercury staffer, Matt Davis, and directed by local filmmaker Brian Lindstrom (Kicking, Finding Normal), Alien Boy sets out to tell the story of Chasse's life and death, and in the process examine how our community responds to the needs of individuals, who like James, experience mental illness.
Come pay tribute to James and help us pack the house and support this film! If you can't attend the event, please consider making a donation. If you have a website, blog, journal, announcement list, etc. please help spread the word by posting this announcement.
Thanks and I hope to see you there!
Your Faithful Proprietress,