Welcome.  My name is Annie Grosshans.  I am your Lookout and guide here.  I am a veteran of the Seattle film industry and before that, and still, of the city’s book and art community.  Since a young woman I have, continuously if with stretches of interruption, produced expressive work, almost all of which has had words, written or spoken, at its core.

I’ve got a couple other pieces uploaded to this cyberworld:  My Vimeo Page which has a few videos old and new, and the website for ActsOfWitness, a short film I made over the last few years that is a more visual exploration of many of the theories explored in the writings here.

As for the theory behind these writings – I’ve been working for some time now with a growing suspicion that by and large our inherited narratives have exhausted their ability to provide meaning and that we are living through a shift toward what I term a Narrative Otherways.  And it was to illustrate and track this shift as demonstrated in certain film stories that I built this project.

I am not a reviewer.  I believe in critical thinking but am not a critic.  The essayist Rebecca Solnit has a term, being an “indigenous intellectual.” Maybe that fits me best.

I see my role here as your guide through our cultural cacophony on the lookout for emergence of this Narrative Otherways.  Stories that bring to surface some truth of life as I experience it.  I track that heat.  For me, a woman, gender’s at the core of this molten flow but it moves in ways not always expected.  And in the unearthing is the new matter.

For this writing business as you must know by this time, that it is not as easy to pick up as it looks, a whole lot of them never learn it in their whole life, unless this gift is born in you, it is better to leave it alone.   Andrew Garcia, Tough Trip Through Paradise, Montana 1878.

Salon&Parlor contributors:

Kathleen Gyurkey has been the tenacious, essential editor and first reader of the writing in these screenpages from early on.   Just the same as in our treks through the Northwest wilderness of our youth, she remains an astute adventuress never intimidated by the most extreme explorations, forging forth, keeping up and often taking the lead in our efforts to break a route through the alpine heights of the notyet.

Caryn Cline is a long time friend and creative collaborator and an early Salon&Parlor participant.  A filmmaker and teacher, she is a fluid, engaged traveler of all things filmic.  You may recognize Caryn as the author of a thought piece What About Thelma and Louise? linked to a previous Parlor Discourse in the Margins. Caryn’s own website is here


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