Frames of Mind – Alien Boy: The Life and Death of James Chasse
The Institute of Mental Health, UBC Department of Psychiatry and Pacific Cinémathèque present:
Alien Boy: The Life and Death of James Chasse
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 – 7:30pm
USA 2013. Dir: Brian LindstromVANCOUVER PREMIERE!
In 2006, James Chasse, a slight, quiet man suffering from schizophrenia was approached by three police officers in a Portland park. Frightened, James ran, and the officers pursued him, tackling him from behind, overpowering him and tasering him into submission. Although suffering from 16 broken ribs and a punctured lung, the officers took him to jail, where he died two hours later. The local paper reported: “Man called ‘combative’ dies in custody of police.” This heartbreaking and infuriating documentary explores the veracity of that headline: humanizing James (a once-promising artist) while peeling back the layers of obfuscation that characterized the inquiry that followed. Colour, Blu-ray Disc. 90 mins.
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Post-screening discussion with Jonny Morris, Director of Public Policy, Research, and Provincial Programs at the Canadian Mental Health Association BC Division. A key focus of his work involves improving the interfaces between people with mental health and/or substance use problems and police services.Moderated by Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia.
Frames of Mind is a monthly film event utilizing film and video to promote professional and community education on issues pertaining to mental health and illness.All screenings are at Pacific Cinematheque Theatre 1131 Howe St, Vancouver, BC and are held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.
Each evening event is eligible for 1.0 hour Section 1 of the Royal College’s Maintenance of Certification Program.