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Erasures and Spaces: The Revisionist Films of Salise Hughes

Known for her unique technique of digitally erasing and layering images from found footage, Seattle animator Salise Hughes will share some of her fantastical, award winning films including, The Tourist (2008), which takes fragments of Michelangelo Antonioni’s The Passenger, with the background removed, leaving only Jack Nicholson’s character climbing in the scratched remnants of the emptied frames; Erasable Cities (2011), in which two people who may or may not be Marco Polo & Kublai Khan speak of cities, dreams, and the fragility of memory; Charade (2012), Based on, and using manipulated footage from the 1963 film of the same name with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn; Lucky (2015)—Imagine Dirty Harry as a political assassin; and Election Year (2015), a meditation on politics and the political beast formed by footage of the first nationally televised debate.

Join Salise earlier in the day at Noon as she gives a free workshop and lecture on her own particular style of moving image creation.

Appears in: Northwest Tracking

Genres: Northwest Filmmaker, Found Footage

Other Films by Salise Hughes


Erased and scratched film histories set the tone for a voyage across economic production.


Through manipulated footage of the classic film CHARADE, Hughes contemplates identity and celebrity.

Tall Trees

Harsh and unglamorous life in the Old West is chillingly evoked through the firsthand photographic account of a violent bank robbery in rural Washington.

The Spaces Between the Cities

A film Hughes envisioned to connect filmmakers around the globe using the “exquisite corpse” format of beginning where one left off. The film features 21 different filmmakers all coming together to create one feature-length road film. Shooting locations include Seoul, Berlin, Barcelona, Newcastle, Ruma, Colliguay, Toronto, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Baton Rouge,