The Great Northwest

  • Fri Oct 12
    7:15 • WSH
The Great Northwest

with filmmaker Matt McCormick in person

Matt McCormick

An old scrapbook found in a thrift store documents a 3,200 mile road-trip that four friends took in 1958. Compelled by the four ladies’ meticulous notes and the degree to which the landscape has changed, experimental filmmaker Matt McCormick recreated that journey down to the smallest detail. This “documentary” is the modern-day film version of those women’s scrapbook, using site-specific sounds and shots (and little else: no music, no dialogue) to chart the modern-day equivalent of a Northwestern tour.

Matt McCormick is a filmmaker and artist who lives in Portland, Oregon. His work crosses mediums and defies genre distinctions to fashion witty, abstract observations of contemporary culture and the urban landscape. He has had three films screen at the Sundance Film Festival, and has had work screened or exhibited at MoMA, The Serpentine Gallery, The Oslo Museum of Modern Art, the Reykjavik Art Museum, The Seattle Art Museum, and in 2007 he was selected to participate in both the Moscow Biennial and Art Basil. He has received awards including Best Short Film from the San Francisco International Film Fest, Best Experimental from the New York Underground Film Fest, and Best Narrative from the Ann Arbor Film Fest, and his film The Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal was named in ‘Top 10 / Best of 2002’ lists in both the Village Voice and Art Forum magazine. Matt’s debut feature film Some Days are Better Than Others premiered at SXSW and was invited to screen in the New Directors / New Films series presented by MoMA and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Starring Carrie Brownstein and James Mercer, the film was acquired by Palisades Tartan and was released theatrically in the spring of 2011. The New York Times wrote “(Matt) McCormick is a talented miniaturist, and Some Days is full of scenes and details that will make you smile” while the San Francisco Chronicle noted that “observant writer-director Matt McCormick takes his time on the small moments to make us care more about his characters.” Matt has also directed several music videos for bands including The Shins, YACHT, Sleater-Kinney, Broken Bells, and Eluvium. His 2007 video for The Shins’ Australia was named as one of MTV's ‘Top 20 Videos of the Year’ while Rolling Stone called Matt's 2010 Broken Bells’ The Ghost Inside video “awesome, transfixing and hilarious.”

Support for The Great Northwest and filmmaker Matt McCormick’s visit provided by Electronic Media & Film Presentation Funds, a program of NYSCA, administered by the ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.


Digital Projection color
1 hour 10 minutes
release year/country
2012 USA