The Great Northwest is a documentary film based on the re-creation of a 3,200 mile road-trip made in 1958 by four Seattle women who thoroughly documented their journey in an elaborate scrapbook. Fifty years later, Portland artist Matt McCormick found that scrapbook in a thrift store, and in 2010 set out on the road, following their route as precisely as possible and searching out every stop in which the ladies had documented. Patiently shot with an observational, cinema-vérité approach, The Great Northwest is a lyrical time- capsule that explores how the landscape, architecture, and culture of the Pacific Northwest has changed over the past fifty years.
“A glorious celebration of roadside Americana, the beautiful and often fascinating documentary may well appear a simple road trip on the surface, but in truth it is a delightful dip into the Great Northwest of the 1950s..." - International Screen Daily
“...what we are experiencing here through the images is not remembering the past; it's more like remembering the present...." - de Film Krant
“The emotional undercurrents, along with spectacular cinematography and wisely restrained storytelling, make The Great Northwest a film that will awe—and quite possibly choke up—anyone who loves the green-tinted paradise we call home." - The Willamette Week
“...an ode to change, timelessness, natural beauty and the intangible experiences that define the region." - PORT