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Mothering Inside/The Family Preservation Project

The Family Preservation Project at Wilsonville’s Coffee Creek Correctional Facility works to keep imprisoned mothers in contact with their children, the common-sense theory being that the family that stays together stays out of jail together. Through emotional testimony from participants and intimate observation of the time they spend with their kids, Lindstrom makes a strong argument for the FPP as a humane and worthwhile expenditure of public money. The State of Oregon disagrees, and the program will be phased out later this year. The film hopes to reverse that decision by publicizing the program and its benefits, which include a recidivism rate of exactly zero percent. Mothering Inside is a continuation of the cinematic empathy Lindstrom has demonstrated since his first films, Kicking and Finding Normal.

Genres: Documentary

Other Films by Brian Lindstrom

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Measure 11: The Law and its Consequences

Students on probation with the Multnomah County Department of Juvenile Justice, led by Northwest Film Center Filmmaker-in-residence Brian Lindstrom, explored the then newly enacted Measure 11, the State of Oregon’s law requiring mandatory sentencing for youth offenders. Featuring interviews with legislators, judges, victims, juvenile court officials and the young video makers themselves, the film offers an insightful view of the

Finding Normal

Lindstrom’s powerful documentary takes an unflinching look at the daunting difficulties in overcoming addictions and the dynamic within Portland’s Central City Concern’s recovery mentor program. With a 70% success rate, the program’s strength lies in its ability to promote a strong sense of community and connectedness with peers and mentors, all former addicts committed to