ALIEN BOY: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF JAMES CHASSE Set for 3/25 DVD, Digital & VOD Release

"Alien Boy: The Life and Death of James Chasse," director Brian Lindstrom's powerhouse documentary on one of the most infamous cases of police brutality in history will debut on DVD, iTunes, Amazon Instant and National VOD March 25, 2014 from Breaking Glass Pictures. Unflinching in its narrative and emotionally overwheleming, "Alien Boy" is a heartbreaking look at the harrowing story of James Chasse. 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.

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" explores his childhood, his involvement in the early Portland punk music scene, 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, "Alien Boy: The Life and Death of James Chasse" 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. "Alien Boy: The Life and Death of James Chasse" DVD contains exclusive extras: · DELETED SCENES · INTERVIEW WITH DIRECTOR BRIAN LINDSTROM · ERIN YANKE'S ALIEN BOY-ZINE (PDF) Running Time: 90 Minutes Rating: Not Rated for the MPAA




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