Surely you remember Alien Boy, the documentary about one of the Portland Police Bureau’s darkest hours, when James Chasse Jr. was brutally beaten (16 broken ribs, 26 total broken bones, 1 punctured lung) and died in police custody in 2006. Matt Davis was on the Mercury news team at the time, and covered the event and its aftermath closely, going on to join the filmmaking team. At long last, Alien Boy: The Life and Death of James Chasse is finished, and will premiere at this year’s PIFF festival in February. Dates and times are still TBA. In the meantime, revisit the teaser:
Regardless to my connection to Davis as a colleague and friend, I am really looking forward to this one, and I imagine anyone who lived here during that time, anyone with concerns about the state of police/citizen relations and the mental health care system in this country (that’s gotta be everyone at this point, yes?) will be too.