Visiting from Portland, Oregon, filmmaker Julie Perini will be in attendance to screen and discuss her recent experimental and documentary work! Big, big thanks to guest curator, Anna Swanson, for making this event happen with the support of the Office of Outreach & Engagement.
Originally from Poughkeepie, NY, Julie has been exploring her immediate surroundings with cameras since age 15 when she discovered a VHS camcorder in her parent’s suburban home. Her work often explores the areas between fact and fiction, staged and improvised, personal and political. Julie’s work has exhibited and screened internationally at such venues as the Centre Pompidou-Metz (France), Artists’ Television Access (San Francisco), Visible Evidence XX (Stockholm), The Horse Hospital (London), Cornell Cinema (Ithaca, NY), Microscope Gallery (New York City), among others. She has been awarded artist residencies at Yaddo, Signal Fire, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, and Djerassi Resident Artists Program. She has received grants and fellowships in support of her work from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, The Regional Arts and Culture Council, the Oregon Arts Commission, and The Precipice Fund.
Her writing has been published by A.K. Press, Incite! The Journal of Experimental Media and Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts & Culture. She is a backcountry guide for Signal Fire, an organization that facilitates opportunities for artists to engage with the natural world. She holds an MFA from the University at Buffalo’s Department of Media Study and a BS from Cornell University. Perini is an Assistant Professor of Art at Portland State University.
Impressions of Portland
(2014, SD video + 16mm, 3min 19sec)
“Best Sleight of Hand in Making the Invisible Visible: This dense film operates on many levels. It is at once an essay about forgetting the past, a conceptual tour-de-force, a performance, a survey of Portland’s streets, and a vivid use of celluloid and digital imagery. But most of all it is an anguished critique of social amnesia and how blinkered perspectives can cover an ongoing injustice.” —Steve Anker, judge for the 2015 Northwest Filmmaker’s Festival at the Northwest Film Center at the Portland Art Museum, gave this film a Judge’s Award
White Lady Diaries
(2013, SD video, 5min)
WHITE LADY DIARIES brings together my research into racial identity and white privilege with my daily practice of making Minute Movies about my own life. — JP
(2013, SD video, 3 min)
A diary film, made while in residence at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, Nebraska. — JP
Arresting Power: Resisting Police Violence in Portland, Oregon
Co-directed with Jodie Darby and Erin Yanke
(2015, mixed-format video, 84min)
ARRESTING POWER documents the history of conflict between the Portland police and community members throughout the past fifty years. The film features personal stories of resistance told by victims of police misconduct, the families of people who were killed by police, and members of Portland’s reform and abolition movements. Utilizing meditative footage taken at sites of police violence, experimental filmmaking techniques, and archival newsreel, Arresting Power creates a space for understanding the impacts of police violence and imagining a world without police.
This film provides a historical and political analysis of the role of the police in contemporary society and the history of policing in the United States. It provides a framework for understanding the systems of social control in Portland with its history of exclusion laws, racial profiling, gentrification practices and policing along lines of race and class. It serves to uncover Portland’s unique history of police relations and community response.