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Films & Schedules - ALIEN BOY: THE DEATH AND LIFE OF JAMES CHASSE

ALIEN BOY: THE DEATH AND LIFE OF JAMES CHASSE

Fri, Feb 15, 2013
at 7 PM (Cinema 21)
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ALIEN BOY: THE DEATH AND LIFE OF JAMES CHASSE

DIRECTOR: Brian Lindstrom - UNITED STATES

On September 17, 2006, James Chasse, a shy and gentle man with schizophrenia, was tackled by three police officers in front of dozens of eyewitnesses on a downtown street corner in Northwest Portland. He was not suspected of a crime, nor had he committed one, but nonetheless he suffered 17 broken ribs, a separated shoulder, a punctured lung, and numerous bruises and contusions—before dying. Chasse’s death and treatment shocked the city, asking profound questions about how we treat those with mental illness and what kind of a police force we want. Lindstrom’s moving film, six years in the making, provides both a detailed chronicle of Chasse’s tragic final hours and a deep look at the arc of his life from suburban childhood to trying to live as an independent adult with mental illness in a society ill-equipped to recognize his needs. (91 mins.)

Selected Filmography: Finding Normal (07)

Sponsored by Chipotle.



Interests: Documentary.

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