A Critical Lens
Lewis & Clark educates students for a path to success in the creative arts by emphasizing collaboration with faculty and alumni. Brian Lindstrom BS ’84, director of the acclaimed documentary Alien Boy: The Life and Death of James Chasse, credits his college experience with igniting his career as a filmmaker.
At Lewis & Clark, Lindstrom took video and radio production classes taught by Stuart Kaplan, now professor emeritus of communication.
“Stuart took a real interest in me,” Lindstrom says. “After I took that video production class, he gave me a little note that said, ‘I honestly believe that you have the talent and drive to be a filmmaker.’”
While working on Alien Boy, Lindstrom received critical assistance from Andrew Saunderson BA ’08, who started as a student intern and wound up credited as editor and coproducer.
The film premiered in February at the Portland International Film Festival, and has gone on to play at the Big Sky International Documentary Film Festival, the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, the Cinema Pacific Film Festival, and the Astoria International Film Festival. It recently received distribution from Breaking Glass Pictures.
Learn more about Alien Boy in Grit and Grace by Ben Waterhouse BA ’06, originally published in The Chronicle Magazine.