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The Gentleman Bank Robber: The Story of Butch Lesbian Freedom Fighter rita bo brown
Northwest Film Forum
Seattle, WA
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Sunday Feb 18, 2018 7:30 PM - Sunday Feb 18, 2018 9:30 PM | $5.00 - $200.00


The Gentleman Bank Robber: The Story of Butch Lesbian Freedom Fighter rita bo brown
A film by Julie Perini.

The Gentleman Bank Robber is a portrait of revolutionary rita bo brown, a white working class butch from rural Oregon who became known as The Gentleman Bank Robber in the 1970s for combining her butch style of dress with a polite way of demanding funds from bank tellers. The film moves between everyday moments with bo in and around her current home in Oakland, California, and historical retelling of the events of bos extraordinary life through interviews with bo and her collaborators, archival materials, and rare social movement ephemera. The Gentleman Bank Robber weaves together personal and political perspectives on 20th century social movement histories, including queer liberation in the 1960s; militant, underground activity with the George Jackson Brigade in the 1970s, a revolutionary prison abolitionist group; political prisoner support work in the 1980s, and prison activist work into the present day. bo brown is a model for how to lead a life of committed activism while maintaining a sense of humor and humanity.

Post-film discussion with George Jackson Brigade members Janine Bertram, Mark Cook and Ed Mead.

This event is a fundraiser for THE KITE: a prison newsletter with articles written by and for people in Washington state prisons as a means for people in prison to communicate and raise consciousness. The Kite will also feature relevant prison news and art. https://www.youcaring.com/thekite

Support bo brown! In the summer of 2016, bo was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dimentia, a terminal neurodegenerative disease. As of October 2017, bo's community is raising funds to support her in-home medical care. Donate to the Bo Brown, Forever Activist, Forever Survivor fundraising campaign here: https://www.youcaring.com/bo-brown-655777

The entrance, theater and restrooms are wheelchair accessible.
The film is captioned in English.
ASL interpretation
Please avoid wearing scents, though we can't guarantee a scent-free environment.
Message gentlemanfilm@gmail.com with questions and access needs


The Gentleman Bank Robber: The Story of Butch Lesbian Freedom Fighter rita bo brown
digital video, USA, 47 minutes, 2017

directed by & cinematography by Julie Perini
research & interviewing done with Lydia Bartholow & Erin McNamara
edited by Julie Perini
assistant editors: Lydia Bartholow, Erin McNamara, Erin Yanke & Anna Swanson
music by Marisa Anderson & Lisa Schonberg
archival research & production assistance by Riley King
graphic design by James Casey
type consultation: Briar Levit
Thank you: Jamie Dawson, Kat Enyeart, Lily-Rygh Glen, Ben Popp
Funded by a 2017 Oregon Media Arts Fellowship, an Oregon Arts Commission Career Opportunity Award, a Portland State University Faculty Enhancement Award,  and a community of Kickstarter backers.


Northwest Film Forum (View)
1515 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
United States


Film > Movies
Other > Fundraisers
Other > Political

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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