Here we are in sunny Oakland, California, with bo brown enjoying a delicious breakfast at Buttercup Grill. Things are off to a great start - today we did some interviewing with bo and we made plans to shoot some more quality stuff tomorrow including a trip to the barber and to Golden Gate Park!
- Julie & Erin
Lots to do before we head to the Bay Area tomorrow to continue production on The Gentleman Bank Robber: The Life Story of rita bo brown!
Summer 2013 Gentleman Bank Robber Updates
Oakland! We have another trip to Oakland planned for early September 2013, to spend more time with bo brown in her community, documenting her life and interviewing her about her life story.
Southern Oregon! On the drive down to California from Portland, Julie plans to stop in bo’s hometown of Klamath Falls and get some documentation of the birthplace of bo.
Seattle! We are also in the process of scheduling a trip to Seattle to talk with other members of the George Jackson Brigade.
Editing! We’ve been hard at work sequencing the film by reviewing the material we have, discussing what questions need answering, and imagining new ways to represent some of the complex historical, social, political, and personal struggles that bo’s life story brings together. We’ll hunker down this fall and piece it together.
Julie, Lydia, Erin
We are cooking along here this winter, trying to fundraise to support summer 2013 travel to shoot more and interview more for the documentary. We have two grant proposals out, so we’ll see what they yield. And we are still logging footage from our Oakland shoot last summer. Lots of great material is emerging!
Erin is in school, Lydia is building her practice, and Julie is focused on another media project about police brutality in Portland, so everyone is a bit busy. But expect big developments on The Gentleman Bank Robber movie come summer!
Lydia made this awesome program for the event!
Last week’s event at the Red & Black Cafe in was awesome! We raised money, shared some uncut footage from our first shoot in Oakland this past summer, and had great conversation with a few dozen people. It is so encouraging and exciting to see a community building around this documentary. Thank you, Red & Black, thank you interns, thank you interviewees, and thank you community!
Thursday, December 13, 2012
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Red & Black Cafe
400 SE 12th Ave., Portland, OR
The Gentleman Bank Robber is a to-be-completed documentary chronicling the life and times of rita “Bo” brown. This December 13th you will have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to view footage that will not be included in the final product. Join us for a night of behind-the-scenes interviews, uncut footage and a Q&A session with the producers.
Thank you, amazing interns, Jessica Montes, Brooks Fuentes, and Erin Ruthe (not pictured)! Thanks to you we are logging and organizing hours and hours of footage from our shoot in Oakland this past August. And we’re having some good conversations as we do it!
We had a great day today at Julie’s production headquarters in SE Portland. ”How do we tell this amazing life story?” has been a question guiding our production since the beginning. Today we started to answer that question, by dividing bo’s story into chapters such as “Seattle/GJB Years,” “Prison Years” and “San Francisco Bay Area 80s & 90s.” Lydia came up with a helpful color-coding system which will come in handy when our new interns (!) come into the studio in the next few weeks to work on logging over twenty hours of footage.
When we were in Oakland this past summer, bo gave us a small stack of VHS tapes to transfer to digital video and include in the documentary. We’ve digitized these tapes, reviewed them and are excited to have video material from the 1980s and 1990s to incorporate into our project. One tape was from the Out of Control Lesbian Committee to Support Political Prisoners, a San Francisco-based organization that began in 1987. Out of Control joined a national campaign to protest the inhumane and brutal conditions inside of a prison in Kentucky where many women political prisoners were held. Out of Control hosted an annual fundraiser, Sparks Fly, and the stills included here are from a tape that was screened during the event.