Where the House Was
Directed by Ryan Adams
United States | 2019 | 58 mins.
This film was slated to screen at PIFF 43
The Hugo House in Seattle was a Victorian house, turned theater, turned café, and finally, an artist residency that was a haven for writers, poets, and artists. Like in other cities, urban renewal and gentrification came for the house, to make way for mixed-use apartments, but not before co-founder Frances McCue captured what made this such a special place in the Seattle fabric. What follows is the history of not only the house, but the house’s namesake: a working-class Seattle poet whose unique style of “triggering town” is still influencing a generation of writers. Told through archival footage, recordings, animations, and a bold last hurrah, Where the House Was is a loving nod to the historical importance of places that act as conduits for creativity—and the very breath that makes urban spaces so unique.
This film is streaming online as part of the virtual programming for PIFF 2.0 and can be viewed online anytime.
This Virtual Screening of Where the House Was is free for everyone.
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