In loving memory of my brother STEVEN MICHEAL WRIGHT…
a couple weeks back I filmed an interview for an upcoming documentary ALIEN BOY…it is a movie about someone I knew since he was a 15 year old MLC student roaming the streets of Northwest Portland much as I had started doing a few years earlier…it was a wild neighborhood in that era ..students,musicans and artists would share architectually grandiose 5 and 6 bedroom houses that rented for around 4 or 5 hundred bucks…the punk and alternative culture was exploding and the Pearl district remained a bustling bohemian ghetto for the creative and the crazy until the late 80′s…
I HAVE FOND MEMORIES of the elf like JimJim and his impish grin and sly smile…he was a fragile and eccentric character,.. after awhile..he began a descent into mental ilness in his 20′s…havent seen him in years but we all remember him as this frail and gentle “old soul” who was harmless, thats why he was readily welcome to couch surf at KEARNY house whenever he liked…
a couple years back…JimJim,…JAMES CHASSE JR. still thin and sleight after all these years..was chased down by a group of Portland Police in that same yuppified Pearl district…where “his type” and “My type” and hell, perhaps even”your type” as well , ..are no longer welcome among the nouveau riche with thier condo’s and credit cards in the trendy upscale mecca…what for?..and why 6 cops?…for supposedly urinating between two cars,…some crime..its not like businesses in that area exactly welcome the poor,homeless and mentally ill to use thier restrooms..
Like a roguish gang they jumped him and slammed him to the ground.. dropkicked and bodyslammed on top of him repeatedly… hog tied his feet and cuffed his hands and stood around laughing and joking as he lay dying.. ignoring his repeated begging for medical treatment..instead of the hospital…they took him to jail where he DIED, with 26 BROKEN BONES….YES,26 broken bones…HIS RIBCAGE WAS ABSOLUTELY SHATTERED…to say he was “beaten to death” is a vast understatement…made me sick to my stomach seeing those images captured on cameraphone
My brother was mentally ill…schitzophrenia, like JAMES CHASSE JR…we always worried something like that would happen to him…instead, ..after a car accident he was sent home from a hospital with a torn aorta,because they thought he was homeless and had no insurance….in essence like JIMJIM,…he died because of his mental ilness and the callous way authorities and medical personel interact with the mentally ill…my brother had a Home and Kaiser insurance…and like CHASSE friends and family who loved him..but was in shock and dishevelled and uncommunacative at the ER….
much like JimJim,…didnt get adequate care..was denied basic fairness and human dignity..and just like JiMJim,..he bled to death internally because of a different standard of compassion for those who never chose to…or are unable to…wear a suit and tie , punch a clock , and walk the walk like the rest of us….so this case really strikes a nerve with me…it didnt have to happen..it shouldnt have happened..and we need to resolve as a community that it never happens again
contact EVA LAKE or go to this site ”ALIEN BOY’S ” progress..thanks, http://www.alienboy.org ..sincerely,rozz rezabek..more soon
…there is a movie that should soon be out called WELCOME TO MY SCENE…it is the story of BIG RICHIE & DALE MOERER…guitarist and the singer of the groundbreaking seminal grunge band THE OILY BLOODMEN…you can check out the editing and release schedule on-line if you want DETAILS on this gritty independent film…please represent and hoot and holler when I come on screen …if the flick comes to YOUR town this year…”Props & big upps SnOrTLaNd, oy!”
When I was approached about being in the film I talked to one of the films producers about my relationship with RICH and DALE when they were alive and I was convinced they werent gonna sugar coat or glamourize the ugliness that surrounded THE OILY BLOODMEN’S descent into self destruction
I have four lines in the movie and it also feature ART ALEXAKIS (EVERCLEAR) in a bit part as GEORGE T…..the owner of the famed SATYRICON CLUB in portland oregon where the film is set….It was an awesome expierience
I got fitted with orthopedic shoes, a vintage thermos and a TRI-MET bus drivers uniform circa late 80′s and I got a copy of the script…I read it…I laughed, I cried…it became a part of me…as the cliche goes…
it was inially only 3 lines but I put a long dramatic pause between 2 sentences and it became 4 lines by the time we were done shooting!…A real bus driver was my consultant and showed me how to work the lift and the door on the 35 foot behemoth vintage bus…
I had a blast and got to flirt with all the actresses who wondered how I got the part…”by being rozz rezabek” I told them as I gorged myself on free donuts and starbucks coffee to get in character for the shoot..
.we all gathered and met with “wardrobe”at the industrial location buzzing with movie-making magic energy.. Actresses..thier hilarious..( to know one is to love one in all thier self obscessed glory)..and free caffein and pastrys too…it was plain divine behind the scenes,ramping up and preparing for my 20 seconds of glory
we took off in the retro TRI-MET BUS from the EAST SIDE movie SET LOCATION to the downtown old main library…several times the director had to call cut because of late model vehicles going thru the shot…even though it was a deserted grey sunday afternoon…
.they made up a fake bustop at 10th & Morrison… my scene with the handsome young actor playing RICH was set up and shot in about 6 or 7 takes….I got my lines right every time …the red mop headed RITCHIE had to run down the street and jump on the bus before delivering his half of our “scene” so there were unforseen obstacles…timing ,..the lights,.so it seemed like we spent the better part of the afternoon there..nailing it..
being the method actor that I am..I put on ten pounds for the role so dont think I look all portly like these pictures now….and the semi- mullet is history too…it was just 80′s character acting LOL….yes…like all actors I am vain and strive to be manorexic…
but seriously…I will try to dig up the hilarious Myspace blogs I wrote about my..lets see…uh…uhm..DRAMATIC ACTING DEBUT…funny…if you added up every time I had 15 minutes of fame …it would be at least a couple hours by now…maybe a long afternoon….and being famous is WAY cooler than being RICH..I think theres a pun in that
to all my old friends tuning in for the first time…tell me WHICH old rock-n-roll stories you would like me to tell here ?.. that I may make this new site both interactive and compelling….like the glorious trainwreck that is our lives…go see WELCOME TO MY SCENE ..at theaters SOON!
SEE YOU AT THE GOLDEN GLOBES, SUNDANCE, AND THE OSCARS! hahahehe!
btw…I got a mug that looks better on the radio…I really was packing a few extra Lbs. when the film was shot..I notice it in these pictures….my neck looks like I got a goiter or something ..especially in this last pic…..go see WELCOME TO MY SCENE anyway..
this will be my opus….this handwritten diagram of the old MABUHAY GARDENS, THE ALLEY, and THE AJACENT ARCADE…make up a seamless 3 stages….the action moves between the three area’s…It was such an epiphany when the concept fell together I immediately trademarked ALLEY OF THE DOLLS and bought the domain name ALLEYOFTHEDOLLS.COM….Soon, once this site is up and fully developed…I shall dedicate more time to flushing out the details of this….ALLEY OF THE DOLLS- “A PuNk RoCk MuSiCaL about LUV,piLLs, and AnArChY maaaaaan!”
if you have filmaking expierience,money to invest, storyboarding talents or a background in musical theater…EMAIL me and get in on this on the ground floor….if you have been to the site in north beach where this diagram is adapted from…you understand the layout..ONLY the phonebooth is not historically correct…but I put it in as a vehicle for “Jesus…this is Iggy….” type introspective vignettes where the characters use it as a confessional almost..the two choirs of punks will be up on the fire escapes to leave room below on the center stage..pretty cool idea huh?..one of my best…kind of WEST SIDE STORY meets VALLEY OF THE DOLLS…If you could see this in your head as I envision it in mine…you would say “Rozz,…thats absolutely brilliant…youre the next martin scorcese…heres a million dollars…MAKE IT HAPPEN.!”…I will make it happen…with or without a million$$ LOL