Sarah Mirk interviewed us on the night of the premiere and segments of that interview made their way into a written post:
Filming the History of Police Brutality in One City
Sarah Mirk, bitchmagazine.org, February 3, 2015
and a fascinating podcast about resistance tactics to police brutality around the country:
A Protest is Not a Riot
Sarah Mirk, bitchmagazine.org, January 30, 2015
BIG MUDDY FILM FESTIVAL / CARBONDALE, ILLINOIS / FEB. 24 - MARCH 1, 2015
JOHN MICHAELS AWARD / SECOND PLACE
We are thrilled to announce that we have been awarded Second Place for the John Michaels Award at the 2015 Big Muddy Film Festival. The jurors wrote of our film:
"Also notable, and receiving second place was this acute and compassionate look at the realities of police brutality in Portland, Oregon. Produced through a collective study process by resident participants, the film is crucially relevant for keeping the problem of police indemnity in the public eye. This sensitively and creatively made film honors the lives of hundreds of people who have been victims of police brutality, and highlights solutions, offering a model of citizen organizing and redress."
What is the John Michaels Award?
John Michaels was a cinema student at SIU Carbondale in the 1980s ,who dedicated his work to peace and justice. While a student, he traveled to Cuba with Professor Emeritus and Big Muddy Film Festival founder Mike Covell to document the daily life of people immersed in that living revolution. Closer to home, Michaels worked on a film about a St Louis church that gave haven to Nicaraguans escaping persecution from a dictatorship at home.
After leaving Carbondale, Michaels was diagnosed with brain cancer, from which he did not survive. To memorialize his work, the Big Muddy Festival added an award category to encourage filmmakers who focus on creating inspiring stories about struggles for social justice, locally and in the world. Each year a jury of local activists and engaged residents spends a day watching documentaries in order to select the ones that offered the most relevant, impassioned and engaged perspectives to the many troubles of our time.
Read more about the other fantastic films considered for this award.
We are honored to have received the #1 Best Inspiring Collaboration Award of 2015 from Alex Luboff. Thank you, Alex!
Please join us Thursday January 15th, 2015 7pm at the Northwest Film Center Whitsell Auditorium
1219 SW Park Avenue, for the Portland Premiere of Arresting Power!
Thanks to our supporters, we reached beyond our goal of $20,000 to $21,565!
We could not have done this without you! Thanks also to those supporters who chose to remain anonymous.
WE ARE DOING A KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN to help complete this documentary!
Please share far and wide. The campaign will end on December 7th.
This film is our way of standing up against police violence, invigorating hope, inspiring
dialog and demanding change.
Follow this link to our Kickstarter page:
Ever gotten stopped by the police and been too freaked out to remember that you have rights?
Ever wanted to help someone else who might be saying too much or not enough to the police?
Our THREE MAGIC PHRASES t-shirts can help with that, and they will be available as rewards for contributing to our
Kickstarter campaign, beginning November 1st.
We recently were given access to the Oregon Historical Society's film archive, which houses an incredible collection of archival newsreel from the 1940s to the present. We obtained footage from their Civil Rights collection which includes footage that documents of police and community relations. We also obtained footage of local marches, rallies, and organizing meetings, all proving that the struggle for an accountable police force in Portland has impacted generations.