This film is an exploration inside this world while getting to know the citizens living next door to it. Beautifully shot and thoughtfully told, STRIP CITY is at times both comically charming & hauntingly personal in it’s a quest to answer the question…why Portland?
Visit the website StripCityFilm.com for more information. No screening dates have been set yet.
Spoiler Alert! [actually, I have no clue if the film brings this up]: I can partially answer the question of why Portland has an abundance of strip clubs (and bookstores and free speech in general): Article 1, Section 8 of the Oregon Constitution.
Courts and voters (e.g. Oregon Ballot Measure 19 in 1994, and Measure 31 in 1996) agree: the Oregon constitution provides greater individual freedom of speech than the First Amendment to the Federal Constitution.
“[W]e have little trouble in concluding that the people who framed and adopted Article I, section 8, as part of the original Oregon Constitution intended to prohibit broadly any laws directed at restraining verbal or nonverbal expression of ideas of any kind.”
— State v. Ciancanelli
(Oregon Supreme Court, 2005)