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Activist filmmaker Julie Perini presents workshop on Thursday and films on Friday


WORKSHOP: Getting in the Way, Ways for Artists and Activists to Work Together

Center for Worker Justice — Thursday, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m.

HEADROOM presents: Julie Perini films

Public Space One — Friday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m.

'Arresting Power' (2015)
‘Arresting Power’ (2015)

Portland filmmaker and activist Julie Perini will lead a workshop for artists and activists on Thursday at the Center for Worker Justice (CWJ) and present some of her films with a discussion on Friday night at Public Space One (PS1).

Last year, Perini, who is an assistant professor of art at Portland State University, co-directed a community-based documentary, Arresting Power: Resisting Police Violence.

The doc traces the history of conflict between Portland police and the people of Portland over the past 50 years.

“It is important for people outside of Portland to see Arresting Power because it presents truths about the city’s problem with police brutality that the rest of the country might not be aware of,” she said.

Her new project, The Gentleman Bank Robber, is a portrait of butch lesbian freedom fighter, Bo Brown.

“I came to these projects through working with social justice activists and organizers dedicated to reforming the police and prison systems, or replacing these systems with something entirely different that actually do keep communities safe,” Perini said.

On Thursday, Perini leads a workshop, “Getting in the Way, Ways for Artists and Activists to Work Together,” at CWJ. She’ll discuss what’s worked and what hasn’t worked when artists and activists work together, and provide inspiring examples of creative activism and public interventions.

On Friday evening, Perini will screen three short experimental films and her feature-length documentary, Arresting Power, at PS1.


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