Grit & Grace: Brian Lindstrom
Portland filmmakerÂ Brian Lindstrom Â recently came to talk to Dmae Roberts’ nonfiction filmmaking class at Mt. Hood Community Collegeâ€™s Integrated Media Program. He talked about his career of making films depicting the grit and grace of life.Â Â Hear his inspiring talk to emerging filmmakers featuring his critically successful filmÂ Alien Boy: the life and death of James ChasseÂ which he premiered at the Portland International Film Festival in February 2013Â and was more recently selected for the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Missoula, Montana.Â (Airs 11am Sat 6/8 on KZME 107.1 fm.)
(Brian Lindstrom Photo by Garrett Downen (garrettdownen.com) on March 23, 2013. For more infor visitÂ www.TEDxConcordiaUPortland
Alien Boy, Lindstrom’s documentary aboutÂ Jim Chasse,Â whose death in the custody of Portland law enforcement officers in 2006Â caused an outcry about civil rights and interactions betweenÂ policeÂ and the mentally ill. You can learn more about Chasse’s story and see a photo from the arrestÂ here.
Other films include:Â Finding Normal, his 2007 documentary on long time heroin and crack addicts trying to rebuild their lives, was picked by Oregonian film critic Shawn Levy as one of the top 10 films of the year. Other works includeÂ Writing MyselfÂ (2012), a documentary about PlayWrite, Inc. included in the Astoria International Film Festival.
Lindstrom’s latest project is Dreamers, a youth video project led in conjunction with the “I Have A Dream” Foundation (IHAD) and filmmaker Brian Lindstrom.Â The film profiles six teens who entered the IHAD program as first graders at Woodlawn Elementary in North Portland.
Dreamers premieres aÂ Woodlawn Park before “Movies in the Park” on Saturday, July 6th (before dusk around 9pm). Find out more about the premiere of Dreamers.