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Where the House Was

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Where the House Was is a documentary film about literature, place, and community. The film chronicles the demolition of the old Richard Hugo House, Seattle’s literary hub for almost twenty years, as a window into larger issues: the arts in civic life, the erasure of “old” Seattle, gentrification, and the human need to attach dreams to places. It weaves archival footage from Hugo House history, anecdotes from the building’s past as a funeral home and theater, and demolition footage to create a “docu-poem.” With its innovative form and civically engaged topic, the film explores what writer Frances McCue calls “the zing between temperament and terrain.”

The project brings together Director Ryan Adams (also a UW Instructional Media Technologist), Director of Photography Luke Sieczek (UW Instructional Media), Editor Ian Lucero, Sound Designer Steve Fisk, Musicians Wayne Horvitz and Lori Goldston, Animator Lisa Jaech, and an assortment of UW students and alumni. Joining in the effort are the nonprofit arts collective LoveCityLove, UW Special Collections, and Hugo House. The team will showcase their collaboration at a future Simpson Center conference, “Creating a Community Film Project.” The film is slated for a 2017 release.


Primary Contacts

Frances McCue (English)

John Vallier (UW Libraries)

Anne Jenner (UW Libraries)