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Arresting Power: Resisting Police Violence in Portland, Oregon

Directed by Jodi Darby, Julie Perini, Erin Yanke

Media artists and social activists Jodi Darby, Julie Perini, and Erin Yanke’s film speaks to the history of police violence

EXTRA ORDINARY: Short Films & Videos About Everyday Life by Julie Perini

Directed by Julie Perini

Portland-based filmmaker Julie Perini has created two feature-length documentaries examining socio-political subjects and issues in the Northwest. In addition to

Impressions of Portland

Directed by Julie Perini

An understated and powerful evocation of the history of violent racial incidents that lies hidden behind the placid street life

The Gentleman Bank Robber: The Story of Butch Lesbian Freedom Fighter rita bo brown

Directed by Julie Perini

Rita bo brown is a white, working-class butch from rural Oregon who became known as “The Gentleman Bank Robber” for



The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.