There were many highlights for me during the Writer’s Edge conference last weekend, including a screening of Andy Blubaugh‘s brilliant short film Scaredycat. Blubaugh is a Portland-based filmmaker whose work blurs the line between fiction and reality, peppering his personal experiences with sharp, smart journalism.

In Scaredycat, Blubaugh explores the personal and institutional complications surrounding an assault he suffered from the feet and fists of a roving band of street thugs in 2004, underneath Portland’s famous Steel Bridge. Despite its very serious subject matter, the film is incredibly charming and funny, and reveals some important tensions between racism and fear. If you live in Rip City and ride MAX, it’s a definite must-see.

I wanted to chat with Blubaugh after the screening on Sunday and to inquire about purchasing a copy of the film on DVD to possibly use in my courses, but unfortunately he slipped away before I got the chance. That sucked. But luckily, the film is available for direct download via iTunes for only $1.99, which most definitely does not suck. Check it out.


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