James Chasse Jr.
On the ten year anniversary of the death of James Chasse Jr., we gathered at Cerimon House to celebrate his life, and reflect upon his life & death, in addition to the state of Portland now, as it had been affected by the violent occurrence of Chasse's leaving - and all of heartfelt the mourning that followed.
The film Alien Boy: The Life and Death of James Chasse, directed by Brian Lindstrom, was screened, and was followed by a 75 minute community conversation featuring key citizens, witnesses, friends, family - all of whom were directly involved with (or affected by) Chasse's story.
A memorial installation was set-up for friends and citizens to add a meaningful item or written comment to honor James’ life. On display were the items from the evidence bag: the things that were actually in his backpack: a beautifully-odd collection of artful and literary truths.
A special announcement was made, promising a dynamic piece of public art coming to Portland in 2017.
Many thanks to our generous event sponsors: Cascadia Behaviorial Healthcare, and the Chasse Family.