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Bates Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership

Lunch with a Leader: Brian Lindstrom

Date: 11:30am PDT March 14, 2017 Location: J.R. Howard, Room 302

J.R. Howard, Room 302

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Brian Lindstrom’s award-winning films attempt to reduce stigma and reveal the humanity of people living on the margins.

Alien Boy: The Life and Death of James Chasse explores police accountability in the brutal death of a non-violent man with schizophrenia.

Finding Normal follows longtime heroin and crack addicts trying to rebuild their lives with the help of recovery mentors.

His latest film, Mothering Inside, focuses on the Family Preservation Project at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville, Oregon which helps inmate moms develop and maintain loving relationships with their children. Midway thru filming, the Oregon Dept. of Corrections announced plans to de-fund the program despite its astonishing recidivism rate of zero. An earlier version of the film helped mobilize public support. In response, the Oregon legislature passed a bill funding the Family Preservation Project for two more years.

Lindstrom is currently making documentaries on the late singer/songwriter Judee Sill, and a marathon at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn, Oregon. He is also collaborating with his wife Cheryl Strayed on a tv series for HBO.


Sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurship and the Career Center.