Vol. 7, No. 39  
March 20, 2014
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CITY NEWS

HAPPY HOUR RETURNS MARCH 26 WITH SOL

FMI HAPPY HOUR                                                                                                  

Our March Happy Hour features Seattle-based hip hop artist, Sol. Through his own story, Sol will demonstrate how artists can use an effective web presence to connect with fans and enhance an artist brand. Sol first established himself in the Northwest music scene through the EMP Sound Off! competition in 2009. Three years later, he released the independent album Yours Truly, which quickly rose to #1 on iTunes US Hip-Hop Chart (#4 worldwide) and debuted on Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart. Sol spent much of 2013 on a 10 month globe-trotting hiatus with the Bonderman Honors Travel Program at the University of Washington. He has performed at SXSW, Bumbershoot, Sasquatch, and two sold-out shows at Showbox at the Market; and continues to tour nationally in support of his latest EP, Eyes Open.

SECURITY TRAINING FOR NIGHTLIFE EMPLOYEES

The Seattle Police Department offers a security training program with classes open to the public. The next class is scheduled for Sunday, April 6 at noon. Security training is imperative for individuals who work physical security or screen patrons at the door. Topics of instruction include starting your shift, screening patrons, handling problem situations, and closing. Registration is mandatory, valid photo ID and cash or check for payment, are required at the beginning of class. 

REBECCA LOVELL NAMED AS CITY OF SEATTLE'S STARTUP LIAISON

PSBJ

The city of Seattle's new startup liaison is a face you'll likely recognize. The Office of Economic Development announced Thursday that Rebecca Lovell has taken on the newly created role overseeing the Startup Seattle program. "My big initiative this year will be the talent pipeline," Lovell said. "When I meet with startups, finding talent seems to be one of the biggest throttles to their own growth." Another important initiative for Startup Seattle, Lovell said, is to reach out to communities that are underrepresented in the startup community, such as women, people of color and economically challenged people. Click here for the full news release.

CITY OF MUSIC CAREER DAY: REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

When you envision your future, do any of these words come to mind: performance, concerts, venues, journalism, record labels, MUSIC? If so, there is a treat in store for you. City of Music Career Day is a one-day educational program curated by One Reel that provides high school juniors and seniors and college students direct access to music industry professionals. Networking, experiential learning, engaging workshops, and performance are all part of the perks of the day. The opening keynote session will feature KEXP's John Richards interviewing Sasquatch Festival founder/STG booker Adam Zacks. The event is scheduled for April 10 and will take place at EMP Museum and the Vera Project at Seattle Center. Registration is free.

FILM AND MUSIC ON "ART ZONE" WITH NANCY GUPPY

SEATTLE CHANNEL                                                                                                   

This week's Seattle Channel's "ArtZone" with Nancy Guppy includes: Jazz drummer Matt Jorgenson and his jazzy friends play a few original tunes in anticipation of the 12th annual Ballard Jazz Festival; Actor/producer Rebecca M. Davis chats about the west coast premiere of "Girl You Know It's True" at Theatre Off Jackson; and previews the world premiere of "Begin Again" from the talented local duo Zoe/Juniper. 

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

CHECK OUT THIS LOVE LETTER TO SEATTLE

VISIT SEATTLE

Visit Seattle unveiled its new destination promotional video this week. Billed as a love letter to Seattle, the three-minute video features iconic footage from skylines to ferries, food, wine, art and more. More than 80 local Seattle organizations assisted in the making of the video, which was filmed last October and features cameos from Pacific Northwest Ballet dancers and Rat City Rollergirl members. The musical track is by the local band Ivan & Alyosha. To create the video, Visit Seattle worked with its Seattle-based agency, Copacino+Fujikado, and local production company StraightEIGHT Films, with permitting assistance by the Seattle Office of Film + Music. The video will be used to promote Seattle meeting groups, tour operators, travel agents, air lines, cruise lines and other travel supplies, travel media and prospective visitors across the map.

SEATTLE SYMPHONY LAUNCHES ITS OWN RECORDING LABEL

The Seattle Symphony Orchestra recently joined other major orchestras in creating its own music label, called Seattle Symphony Media. The Symphony's move was motivated by several factors, including big record labels pulling back from classical music in recent years, recording technology growing more affordable and accessible, and the desire to own the rights to their recordings.  The records will highlight the Symphony and the distinctive sound of Benaroya Hall.

DECIBEL FOUNDER SEAN HORTON MAKES ROLLING STONE'S TOP 50 LIST

THE STRANGER

Rolling Stone confirms that Seattle promoter, DJ, and musician Sean Horton has made the "50 Most Important People in Electronic Dance Music" list. Sean has played a huge role in making Seattle an essential node on the global electronic-music circuit, and plays a crucial role in bringing world-class electronic-music to our city via the Decibel Festival and many other events. The 11th Annual Decibel International Festival of Electronic Music Performance, Visual Art and New Media runs from September 24-28 this year. 

CELEBRATE 12 YEARS OF THE BALLARD JAZZ FESTIVAL

The 12th annual Ballard Jazz Festival is set to entertain the masses from April 16 to 19. The festival embraces the feeling of "old" Ballard and will feature a wide variety of modern American music at clubs, bars, shops, and at the Nordic Heritage Museum. This year the event is set to feature world class acts including Sonny Fortune, Chano Dominguez, Marina Alberto, Dana Hall and Ted Poor. "Our program for this season promises to continue on that path with more music than ever," writes organizers of the festival. 

KCTS 9 NAMES NEW VP OF MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS

KCTS 9

Carlos Espinoza has been named the new KCTS 9 Vice President of Marketing and Communications. Espinoza will oversee the station's marketing, communications, community engagement, and graphic design teams. "Carlos' experience in traditional media as well as his more recent work in developing digital marketing initiatives for national and international entertainment studios will enhance the great work of our team and elevate our impact in the communities we serve," said Robert I. Dunlop, President and CEO of KCTS 9. 

FILMMAKERS: SUBMIT YOUR THREE-MINUTE MASTERPIECE 

SEATTLE TIMES                                                                                                  

So you think you're a whiz at shooting video? Prove it by entering the annual three minute masterpiece contest. The Seattle Times and Seattle International Film Festival invite film directors to shoot a short film of three minutes or less on a video camera or phone. A panel of judges will choose their favorites to show at the festival and on the Seattle Times website. Contestants must be Washington State residents and may be under 18 years of age with parental permission. Submissions are due by 11:59 p.m. on April 14. 

SEATTLE COMPOSERS ALLIANCE TO HOST "SWING INTO SPRING" SOIREE

WASHINGTON COMPOSERS FORUM

The Seattle Composers Alliance is having their annual event, Swing Into Spring Soiree on Tuesday, March 25. Featured performers include local composers Tim Carey, Brian Monroney, Wenda Zonnefeld, and Tristan Gianola. Other artists to be featured include Jasper T and The Homies, Adra Boo of Fly Moon Royalty and more. The event begins at 7 p.m. at The Royal Room in Columbia City. After 10 p.m., the event is 21 and up.

SHORT FILM FRIDAY: MANOJ 

THE STRANGER

This week's Short Film Friday will feature "Manoj," an excellent 2008 mockumentary by director Zia Mohajerjasbi and, actor and writer Hari Kondabolu. Mohajerjasbi is an LA/SEA-based filmmaker who has shot music videos for Macklemore, Blue Scholars, and he recently completed a short film about the youth of Yesler Terrace. Hari is a former Seattle resident who recently released a comedy album, Waiting for 2042, that's receiving national attention. He will be in town next week to promote this new work with a big show at the Neptune on Saturday, March 29. He will also host the screening of "a secret guilty pleasure" at the Northwest Film Forum on Thursday, March 27. "Manoj" contains all of the great things about Zia's art - beautiful play of light, images rich in color, a style of editing that's rhythmic and poetic with Hari's humor that's self-critical, political, global, and smart.

 

- Charles Mudede

KICKSTART SEATTLE FILM + MUSIC PROJECTS

KICKSTARTER                                                                                                          

This week, check out "Support the Jazz in You project," a live recording by Northwest's sultry & soulful vocalist Jacqueline Tabor at the Seattle Jazz Vespers featuring an all-star cast of musicians. Also take a look at "Good Men & Thorough," a rock and roll group heading back into the studio to make their second full length record. Don't miss "The Draft and the Vietnam Generation," a 60-minute documentary that features men from diverse backgrounds who opposed the Vietnam War and defied the draft.

MEDIA DIGEST

PRIORITY PARKING FOR MUSICIANS MAKES HEADLINES OVERSEAS

Dublin, Ireland-based radio station Phantom 105.2 is also excited about Seattle's musician priority loading zones! The City of Seattle has created priority parking for musicians. It's a new pilot program to help provide young bands with a bit of help in loading and unloading gear and equipment. The five venues taking part are The Crocodile and Tula's, both located in Belltown, The Triple Door, Showbox, and the High Dive in Fremont. The move has received praise from local bands and promoters alike, with Scott Giampino, talent buyer at The Triple Door explaining, "We were able to work with the Office of Film and Music and the Department of Transportation to find a solution that worked for us and for neighboring businesses. Most significantly it means safer, more efficient loading and unloading for the musicians who play here."

AN APP TO DITCH THE DUBIOUS CONCERT BOOTLEG

Fans at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, can relive the concerts by downloading an app called Lively. The app is from a new Seattle start-up, which is using the festival as a way to get wider exposure for a service it wants to make as essential to a touring band's toolkit as microphones and amplifiers. The idea for Lively came to Dean Graziano, the company's founder and chief executive, in 2012 when he was at a concert in Seattle and witnessed a common, irksome sight: a sea of fans staring at the smartphones in front of their faces, rather than at the performers on stage.

SUCKER PUNCH PRODUCTIONS TO RELEASE VIRTUAL SEATTLE VIDEO GAME

Ever wonder what it would be like to jump from building to building with neon power in Seattle, all the while using superpowers to eliminate the bad guys? Sucker Punch Productions, Seattle-based game company is releasing, inFAMOUS Second Son, the new PlayStation 4 exclusive title that hits shelves next week. Horia Dociu, art director at Sucker Punch, described the development process, "We challenged our team to create all the painstaking details of the atmosphere, architecture, and weather of Seattle."

SHAUN SCOTT SCREENS HIS NEW MOVIE WITH SOCIAL MEDIA

CITY ARTS

Last week, director Shaun Scott presents a live-tweet screening of Pacific Aggression, his fourth feature film in Scarecrow Video's screening room. Pacific Aggression's two main characters represent decidedly different takes on technology's intersection with humanity. "The broad content is a summary of certain relationships I've been in, where distances of time and space led me to mythologize the other person and to communicate in ways that were borderline addictive," said Scott. The film is his most accomplished work on a technical level shot by Seattle lensman Toryan Dizon and sharply edited by Scott. The feature film will hit theaters this September. 

LEAH WARSHAWSKI ON CONNECTING THE RWANDAN FILM INDUSTRY

Cinematic visionaries like Eric Kabera wanted to make sure a film industry was part of Rwanda's growing economy by creating the annual Rwanda Film Festival. Seattle-based film producer Leah Warshawski knew the rise of the Rwandan film industry had to be in a documentary and began working on Finding Hillywood. "Members of the Rwandan film industry tend to be underdogs - just like most documentary filmmakers," said Warshawski. "The challenges and triumphs are relatable around the world, but I have never been somewhere quite as unique as Rwanda!"

ATTENTION FILMMAKERS: WHO NEEDS A DISTRIBUTOR

For new filmmakers, finding ways to get people to see their films is just as much of a struggle as making them in the first place. BitTorrent recently announced its plans to do-it-yourself (DIY) distribution and change their piracy-tinged reputation. Here are a couple other DIY services that filmmakers can use to get their films distributed without having to get through a gatekeeper. CreateSpace provides proof copies, free publication tools, industry-leading royalty rates and more.  

IndieReign allows filmmakers to upload a file and they will help with marketing and sales. 

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