THE GENTLEMAN BANK ROBBER: THE LIFE STORY OF BUTCH LESBIAN FREEDOM FIGHTER RITA BO BROWN
Julie Perini; 2017; USA; 46 min. ; Northwest Premiere
Imprisoned for petty theft, rita “bo” brown was radicalized in prison. Once released, she robbed banks in Seattle as a member of the George Jackson Brigade, a Pacific Northwest underground revolutionary group, evading capture by being continually misidentified as a man. Chronicling her life and work as a political and prison reform activist, this captivating portrait of a charming queer ideologue draws attention to the little-known history of militant direct action.
Guest in Attendance: Director Julie Perini of The Gentleman Bank Robber
Content Warnings: Implied Violence and Vulgar Language
Michelle Citron; 2017; USA; 35 min.
Using 2,000 snapshots hidden for over 50 years, this doc uncovers the rich history of pre-Stonewall working-class butch/fem life in Chicago.