The documentary film Alien Boy: The Life and Death of James Chasse will show TONIGHT October 18 at 9:00 PM at the Liberty Theater in Astoria, Oregon for the conclusion of the opening night of the Astoria International Film Festival.
The film’s director, Brian Lindstrom, will be in attendance and speak after the film. Brian’s documentary Finding Normal won the Festival’s 2007 award for best documentary.
The film chronicles one man’s struggle with schizophrenia and examines the actions of the police officers responsible for his death, exposing a city grappling with accountability in the death of an innocent, unarmed man.
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 taser’d 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 two hours later.
Using interviews, personal writings, archival footage, official documents and videotaped depositions of the involved police officers, the film examines 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.
Official Selection: Big Sky International Documentary Film Festival, Portland International Film Festival, Cinema Pacific, Local Sightings Film Festival (winner), Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival.
Alien Boy is represented by Circus Road Films.