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Matt McCormick presents The Great Northwest

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Wed. 12. 7pm.  Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, 341 Delaware Avenue. (854-1694/hallwalls.org). $8 general, $6 students/seniors, $5 members.

Unfortunate though it may be, not many people are relocating to the Queen City these days. Matt McCormick—an acclaimed multimedia artist—is one of the rare few who has, hailing originally from the Pacific Northwest. Needless to say, travel and coffee/bigfoot/Portlandia territory figure big in Mr. McCormick’s life.  It should come as no surprise, then, that these two tropes constitute the subject matter of the director’s latest opus, The Great Northwest, which will be showing at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center on Wednesday (September 12) night. An “experimental documentary,” The Great Northwest is an exercise in nostalgia as much as it is in filmmaking or travel: McCormick retraces the route of a 1958 road trip using only the scrapbook made of said road trip as a guide. The resultant film demonstrates both how much things have changed in the intervening five decades and that the spirit of Kerouac is very much alive, even after said half-century. A screening of McCormick’s short film The Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal will also take place. —edward a. benoit