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March 21, 2017


Salise Hughes does a lot to keep truly independent and
experimental filmmaking alive in Seattle. It helps that there
is the volunteer-run Grand Illusion to provide a venue for non-
commercial films to be shown. This was my third Exquisite Corpse
Cinema, where, unknown to each other, a bevy of artists are given visual
prompts that act as segues to unify their otherwise unrelated shorts. I struggled
with my contribution this time (I-5 sign and cloud were my cues) but it worked pretty
well within the larger context of the program, a case of the whole being greater than the sum of
its parts
. The evening ended with a nightcap at another indispensable institution, Vermillion, an art
gallery and bar that's one of the last bohemian outposts on Seattle's formerly counter-cultural Capitol Hill.