Rita bo brown is a white, working-class butch from rural Oregon who became known as “The Gentleman Bank Robber” for combining her butch style of dress with a polite way of demanding funds from bank tellers. Part of the George Jackson Brigade, a revolutionary prison abolitionist group operating in the Pacific Northwest in the 1970s, brown helped fund operations through her bank-robbing activities. Weaving life in present-day Oakland, where brown now resides, with retelling of events, interviews with collaborators, and archival materials, Perini weaves together a touching look at a woman who has led a life committed to activism while maintaining a delightful sense of humor and humanity.
Appears in: 44th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival
Other Films by Julie Perini
An understated and powerful evocation of the history of violent racial incidents that lies hidden behind the placid street life of contemporary Portland.
Media artists and social activists Jodi Darby, Julie Perini, and Erin Yanke’s film speaks to the history of police violence in our society, providing a framework for understanding the systems of social control in Portland and its history of exclusion laws, racial profiling, redlining, and gentrification practices. Through conversations with community leaders that include Walidah …