• Summer Adventures

    Summer Adventures!

    1. Deliver talk about Sophie Calle at Portland Art Museum and co-guide incredible artist's backpacking trip in the Siskiyou Mountains in Northern California with Ryan Pierce of Signal Fire: Done.

    2. Cruise around New York State giving artist talks at the New York State Summer School for the Media Arts and the New York Arts Practicum, landing at the Signal Culture artist residency for a week where I will create work for a Pure Surface event in Portland: Coming up in July.

    3. Finally really finish The Gentleman Bank Robber film, work on 100 Years of Juliewhich will be a finalized version of my ongoing video using films with characters named Julie, and keep up the Minute Movies: August and September, it's all you.

    Thank you to the Regional Arts & Culture Council for supporting my travel to New York in July.

  • Touring the Midwest: Milwaukee & Iowa City

    I had an incredible experience in Milwaukee and Iowa City last week. In Milwaukee I hung out with my old friend and one of my enduring feminist, anti-racist inspirations, Susannah Bartlow. Read about this MESSED UP RACIST THING that happened that led to her being fired from her job at Marquette Univeristy.

    I did presentations in Jesse McLean's undergraduate class and Steve Wetzel's Nonfiction Poetics class at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. I had the pleasure of bumping into Carl Bogner, the force behind the Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival. Oh and I also got to tour QZAP - the Queer Zine Archive Project, which is not at the University but off-campus in a lovely climate controlled basement. Susannah and I also went to a spoken word benefit event for Mothers for Justice United, which is a group of mothers whose children have been taken from them by police and racist vigilante violence.

    Anna Swanson, an MFA student at the Univeristy of Iowa at Iowa City, had instigated this entire Midwest Mini-Tour by inviting me out to her school and community to do a series of presentations. Anna is certainly one to watch! She makes exciting participatory documentary projects that experiment with form and emphasize relationship-building. At the University, I did a presentation in Anna's documentary class and did critiques with MFA students. I also gave the "Getting in the Way: How Artists & Activists Can Work Together" workshop that I usually do with Amy Harwood, this time solo, at the Center for Worker Justice.  I did a screening of three short works, plus Arresting Power at Public Space One as part of the Headroom Screening Series. Anna had organized an interesting post-screening discussion with a Dr. Jessica Welburn and LaTasha DeLoach. Also, I got to spend a lot of time with Iowa City filmmakers Mike Gibisser and Jason Livingston, and artist Hannah Givler, which was among my favorite parts of the trip. I also happened to be in town when Process Reversal was doing a workshop at the University, preparing people for the apocolypse by teaching them how to make their own emulsion and paint it onto 16mm film. So much good energy in Iowa City!

    The Iowa City weekly paper, Little Village, wrote about my activities in their February 25, 2016 article, "Activist filmmaker Julie Perini presents workshop on Thursday and films on Friday."

  • 42nd Northwest Filmmakers Festival!

    I am pretty stoked to have the big feature, Arresting Power, and my shorter personal companion piece, Impressions of Portland, both selected by festival judge Steve Anker for the Northwest Filmmakers Festival at the Northwest Film Center this year. AND Anker selected Impressions of Portland for a Judge's Award, read about the award and his comments:

    Best Sleight of Hand in Making the Invisible Visible
    This dense film operates on many levels. It is at once an essay about forgetting the past, a conceptual tour-de-force, a performance, a survey of Portland's streets, and a vivid use of celluloid and digital imagery. But most of all it is an anguished critique of social amnesia and how blinkered perspectives can cover an ongoing injustice.

    See you Nov. 12-17! It's a fantastic lineup this year. I am honored to be included among so many of my Northwest cinematic heroes/heroines and pals.

  • Rose Bond reviews ARRESTING POWER for Afterimage

    Film Review: Arresting Power: Resisting Police Violence in Portland, Oregon by Rose Bond
    Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism, vol. 42, no. 6

    "In rare confluences of timing and artfulness, documentary films, at their best, can fill a breach, sound a clarion call, and coalesce communities to action. Arresting Power: Resisting Police Violence in Portland, Oregon premiered January 15, 2015, at the Northwest Film Center in Portland at a time when primetime media reports of racially motivated police use of deadly force aired with disturbing frequency across the nation. In the case of Arresting Power’s premiere, the packed art-house venue spoke strongly to the tenets of relational filmmaking that underscored its making." - opening paragh of Rose Bond's review

    Read the entire review here.

  • Minute Movies Monthly

    For the past four years, I have been shooting a daily Minute Movie, a 60-second single-take shot. I accumulate all of this material and create new pieces with it.

    2015 marks the inaugural year of Minute Movies Monthly - each month I'll make a video out of that month's Minute Movies. Here are the efforts for January and February. Enjoy and stay tuned!

  • Review of Make Things (Happen)

    Make Things (Happen)
    by Sarah Burke, East Bay Express, February 2015

    Make Things (Happen) 
    Wednesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Continues through March 1 


    To participate in Interface Gallery’s current showMake Things (Happen), follow three easy steps. 1: Take an activity sheet. 2: Make things, or make things happen. 3: Share your results. The interactive show was organized by artist Christine Wong Yap, who gathered more than forty artist-designed activity sheets intended to “multiply creativity.” Each prompt offers instructions to achieve a goal or product. Some are succinct, such as Helen de Main’s, which simply reads “Ask/Share/Do something you’ve been meaning to for a long time.” Others are more involved, like Julie Perini’s instructions for white people trying to fight white supremacy, or Lexa Walsh’s instructions on how to facilitate a community meal and cookbook. Visitors can even learn how to use IKEA furniture pieces to build one of Sol LeWitt’s famous minimalist sculptures. All of the activity sheets are available in the gallery (486 49th St., Oakland) for the taking, and some are even set up in nearby spots like Lanesplitter Pizza, where the Mystic Pizza worksheet teaches you how to tell the future with your crust. Altogether the show is a fun and fascinating reminder that art is not only visual, but social as well. Catch it before it closes.
    — Sarah Burke