- Joseph Gallivan
- Portland Tribune - Features
'I film at most protests, mainly to make sure there's no police violence,' says Melynda Sipp, 23, taping events at an anti-war rally at Pioneer Courthouse Square on Nov. 17. 'It's gotten worse this summer.'
She is pleased to see so many cameras.
'Maybe the police will limit their aggressive behavior now,' she says.
After filming a man being roughed up by a security guard for taping at a shopping mall, Sipp copied her tape for a woman who was shoved to the ground, but she hasn't heard back from her.
Amanda Parrott, 22, is a regular shooter at street protests with her Sony Hi 8 Handycam.
At the Sept. 27 Critical Mass bike ride, she taped her friends in the Zoo Bomb, a colorful group of cyclists who like to take MAX up to the Oregon Zoo and coast back into town.
'I usually use it to tape activities and protests as well as the Zoo Bomb,' she says. 'Last time I did Critical Mass I videotaped some people getting arrested and people getting citations. Sure, I'd lend them the tape if they need it. Someone did (need it) last time, but they never got back to me.'
On Nov. 17 (left), she was on foot, taping general crowd shots at the downtown peace rally.
Filmmaker Jamal Qutub, 27, taped the Nov. 17 peace march for his own use.
'I feel like I'm witnessing history, and I have friends in other states who want to know what's going on here, so I might put it up on Nimpsy.com, my Web site,' he says.
Qutub says he regretted missing the Aug. 22 protests of President Bush's visit.
'Maybe I can catch something here, and make sure nothing happens,' he says. 'Be another eye.'