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Alumnus helps local students create short documentary

July 03, 2013

  • Photo credit: Thomas Boyd, The Oregonian

Award-winning filmmaker Brian Lindstrom BS ’84 will premiere a youth video project, Dreamers, in Portland in July. The short documentary profiles six Portland teens who participate in an I Have a Dream Foundation program, designed to help low-income students be successful in school.

Over the course of 10 weeks, the students studied black history, gentrification, and identity by viewing documentaries, reading texts, hearing from guest speakers, and participating in field trips. They then learned basic video production skills from Lindstrom. The resulting six-minute film highlights their aspirations and resilience.

Known for his films Alien Boy: The Life and Death of James Chasse and Finding Normal, Lindstrom has produced many short and feature-length documentaries, focusing primarily on addiction, mental disability, and at-risk youth.

Learn more about Lindstrom’s filmmaking career in the article “Grit and Grace” from the Chronicle magazine.

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