Alien Boy: The Life and Death of James Chasse

"On Sept. 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 tasered James until he lay motionless on the pavement with 16 broken ribs and a punctured lung. He died in the custody of Portland police about two hours later. James had not committed a crime, so why did the officers attack him? Who was James Chasse? The officers told eyewitnesses he was a drug dealer, a homeless person, a non-person, a ghost. But that wasn’t true at all. James was a writer, an illustrator, and a musician; he had a home and a family and friends who loved him. He was a small, shy, gentle person who had been living with schizophrenia for most of his life. Alien Boy: The Life and Death of James Chasse examines his childhood, his intense involvement in the early Portland punk music scene (The Wipers wrote the song "Alien Boy" about him), the heart-breaking teenage onset of his schizophrenia, and his brave efforts to avoid institutionalization and maintain his independence. Using interviews, personal writings, archival footage, official documents and videotaped depositions of the involved police officers, the film explores 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.*"

The purpose of this petition is to ask local movie theaters to get this documentary played here in Kansas City. 

Let's get 2000 signatures by the 15th of February.  After we get the signatures, the petition will be sent into local theaters asking them to get a copy of the film by it's release date of February 24th.


Works Cited

"About the Film | Alien Boy | The Life and Death of James Chasse." Alien Boy | The Life and Death of James Chasse. N.p., 2013. Web. 31 Jan. 2013.



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    Julia Youngblood, United States

    2 years ago Comments: My son was living in Portland when this happened...he still lives there...he also lives with schitzophrenia. I am fearful on a daily basis for him.
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    Karah Leek, United States

    2 years ago Comments: This is an important part of the recent past that we need to learn from now! This is a subject that has been brushed under the rug for far to long. Its time for human beings to recognize each other as human beings and stop pretending these situations don't exist.

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