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Vol. 5, No. 30
January 4 - 11, 2012     

CITY NEWS

FILM + MUSIC + INTERACTIVE HAPPY HOUR

FMI HAPPY HOUR 

The Film + Music + Interactive Happy Hour returns on January 25 at Spitfire from 5-7pm. It will feature guest speaker Lisa Weeks, a Seattle business leader with sci-fi and cosplay flair. With her unique bio below, we need not say more!  
 
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PIONEER SQUARE ARTIST SPACE PILOT PROGRAM TAKES FLIGHT 

SEATTLE OFFICE OF ARTS & CULTURAL AFFAIRS

A program designed to provide relocation and placement services for artists has been launched in Pioneer Square.

 Headed by the Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, the Artist Space Assistance Program (ASAP) grew out of concerns from the community after the closure of the 619 Western Building, which was home to nearly 100 artist studio spaces. This program is designed to connect property owners with artists looking for space. To help determine current art space needs, take the survey on the Arts and Cultural Affairs website.  

SEATTLE CHANNEL PRESENTS CONVERSATION WITH FILM CRITICS

SEATTLE CHANNEL     

Last week, The Seattle Channel hosted an evening discussing the highs and lows of the past year in film. A panel of Seattle film critics congregated at Frye Art Museum to divulge all praise, criticism and everything in between for an episode of An Evening With. The show can be viewed on Seattle Channel's website.

CITY PROGRAM ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR YOUTH ARTS PROGRAM

BALLARD NEWS TRIBUNE

The Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs is again accepting applications for a program designed to support out-of-school art instructors for middle and high school students. Those eligible to apply include individual teaching artists, artist teams, arts and cultural organizations, and youth-service agencies with nonprofit status or fiscal sponsorship. In the most recent cycle, the Youth Arts program awarded $160,000 to 48 artists and organizations that engage local youth. Applications are due February 15th.  
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

A CALL TO ACTION FOR BUSINESSES FROM WASHINGTON FILMWORKS

WASHINGTON FILMWORKS 

Since its creation in 2007, Washington Filmworks' Motion Picture Competitiveness Program has brought film productions to our state that have spent over $38 million of spending with Washington businesses, and created more than 4,000 immediate jobs. Businesses that sustain and gain from film production are asked to write their legislators, urging them to renew the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program during the 2012 legislative session, and are invited to use the Washington Filmworks Business Letter of Support at the above link.

CHICAGO SUN TIMES DECLARES SEATTLE THE PLACE TO BE A FILMMAKER

SUN TIMES 

"There's never been a better time for filmmaking in the Pacific Northwest," says the Chicago Sun Times. Tracing the Northwest's independent filmmaking history from 1978's Gas City through 1998's Smoke Signals and 2009's Humpday, the article highlights the region's broad and deep filmmaking talent pool, and discusses conventional commercial viability and availability of independent film throughout this review of the VOD release of Megan Griffith's thoughtful and intimate The Off Hours.  

FILMMAKERS: SUBMIT YOUR FILM TO THE 2012 LANGSTON HUGHES AFRICAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL

LHAAFF

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center is accepting submissions for their 2012 Film Festival now through February 4th. Genres can range from narrative, documentary, children's, youth-made movies, shorts, LGBT, experimental, animation, and more.  Filmmakers do not have to be Black, but films should include significant, relevant content involving Black people: seeking diverse, multifaceted stories and positive images.

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: AMAZON SEEKING ASSOCIATE VENDOR MANAGER

AMAZON 

The Music team at Amazon is seeking to fill a brand new position, Associate Vendor Manager. This role will work directly with multiple internal teams, vendors, partners, and management. Candidates should possess experience in marketing, retail buying and/or finance, with a track record of successful relationship management, strong analytical acumen, and experience generating and managing reporting and analysis. 

WOMEN FILMAKERS: LAST CHANCE TO SUBMIT YOUR WORK TO THE 2012 POST ALLEY FILM FESTIVAL 

POST ALLEY FILM FESTIVAL 

The "absolute deadline" for submissions to the 2012 Post Alley Film Festival (PAFF) is next Friday, January 13. On Saturday, February 25, PAFF will screen two dozen hand-picked shorts that range from 3 to 25 minutes from noon to 6:30pm at the new SIFF Film Center in the Seattle Center.

TACOMA FILM FESTIVAL CREATES NEW CATEGORY FOR NORTHWEST FILMMAKERS

GRAND CINEMA 

Tacoma Film Festival (TFF) recently announced a new submission category for Northwest filmmakers. According to TFF, a quarter of all submitted films for the 2011 festival have Northwest ties, so they've opened up a category specifically for local films. Submissions for the 2012 festival in October are also now open.  

HELP "KICKSTART" SEATTLE FILM AND MUSIC PROJECTS

Kickstarter is an online "crowd-funding" resource that helps musicians, filmmakers and  producers of artistic projects reach out to friends and fans for financial support. Kickstarter allows artists the opportunity to give back to funders with special rewards, such as an exclusive album pre-release, a producer credit in a film, or even getting to meet the  artist in person. Seattle is a hotbed for film and music projects, and you can be a pivotal part of the production process by backing a project and spreading the word. Current Seattle-based Kickstarter projects are listed below ordered by time remaining. Click on the Kickstarter buttons to check out these local projects and discover even more happening around Seattle.

8th Annual Seattle True Independent Film Festival STIFF - January 11th (6 days)

Just a Moment  - January 13th (8 days)

A Gun That Shoots Knives New Full-Length Pressed to Vinyl!!! - January 14th (9 days)

Unknown Photographer - January 14th (9 days) 

The Aaron English Band is making a live DVD! - January 15th (10 days)

Seize the Jello: A Web Series - January 29th (25 days)

Camila Recchio's First Original Album - February 2nd (28 days)

Home Alive Documentary - February 5th (32 days)

Yours, 1st EP and the Road to SXSW  - February 12th (39 days)

West Coast Tour Project - February 13th (40 days) 

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 1/2- 1/6

OFFICE OF FILM + MUSIC 

Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).   

 

 1  Head & The Heart - "Head & The Heart" 

 2  Fleet Foxes - "Helplessness Blues"

 3  Pickwick -"Myths"
 4  Various Artists - "Live at KEXP, Volume 7"

 5  Shabazz Palaces - "Black Up" 

 6  Macklemore/Ryan Lewis - "Vs"

 7  Caspar Babypants - "Sing Along!"

 8  Eddie Vedder - "Ukelele Songs" 

 9  Chris Cornell - "Songbook"

 10 Fleet Foxes - "Sun Giant EP" 

 

FILM PRODUCTION OF THE WEEK
This column highlights the amazing artistic efforts of our local filmmaking community and the broad positive economic impact it has on our region. This week we profile: 

 

WASTE MANAGEMENT JOE:  RECYCLING THERAPY PSA'S

COLEHOUR+COHEN

 

Northwest PR and social marketing firm Colehour+Cohen has produced a variety of creative and high-quality video projects for use locally and nationally, from viral videos to commercials to corporate videos. "Waste Management Joe" is a four-part series of PSAs featuring "Joe", a Waste Management driver who moonlights as a psychiatrist offering recycling advice to his customers to help them improve their recycling habits. The videos feature a quirky cast of characters and a few surprises to help drive home the recycling message.
 
"We set out to approach recycling education in a fun and unique way with these videos," says Robin Freedman with Waste Management. "We created 'Waste Management Joe' to help educate families about the importance of recycling and give them the information they need to make recycling part of their everyday routine." 
 
"To bring 'Waste Management Joe' to life we needed stellar people," says Colehour+Cohen's Liv Faris. "By tapping into our local talent pool of actors and crew we pulled together a team that was professional, hard-working and fun!" 
 
The project was produced and co-directed by Colehour+Cohen's Liv Faris and co-directed/shot/edited by Dee Austin Robertson. Colehour+Cohen assembled 20 local cast and crew for the spots which were shot at Seattle Grip & Lighting and in Mill Creek.  
SHORT FILM FRIDAYS    
We believe criticism is a hallmark of a successful film community.  It gives us great pleasure to partner with The Stranger to bring you Short Film Fridays, local film reviews to expand the public appeal of our local movie making talent, continually advance the artistic quality of our work, and inspire more film critics to evaluate local film. 

FRIDAY, JANUARY 6: CHRISTIAN PALMER'S "NIGHTVISIONS"
The short for this coming Friday, January 6, will be Christian Palmer's "Nightvisions," a film recently completed for Expo 89 at Cairo. Starring Nate Quiroga of Mad Rad and Margot Smith, and shot with two iPhones and a Kodak HD camera, "Nightvisions" is essentially about life and love in the biggest city of the Pacific Northwest.
 - Charles Mudede
SCARECROW ON SEATTLE
In appreciation and recognition of Seattle's long and illustrious film history, we are proud to partner with Scarecrow Video to bring you weekly reviews of historical Seattle films. Each week we will  showcase a new movie, with special emphasis on how these films show Seattle's most filmable locations.

The Last Bath (1973)  

 

With all the urban renewal that has transpired over the past couple decades, it is easy to forget how many adult movie theaters were once sprinkled throughout the Jet City. Yep, the early '70s were the pinnacle of the so-called porno-chic era, and it makes sense that local filmmakers would want to crank out some homegrown indecencies for Seattle's smut hounds. Funded by the guy who owned the Apple Theater (a tiny joint located on Boren that managed to stay in business longer than its competition, lasting through most of the '90s) The Last Bath (also called Dark Dreams) was directed under a pseudonym by local experimental filmmaker Karl Krogstad. The psychedelic porno combines a variation of Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge with lots of artsy cinematography, polarized images, trippy optical effects, reverb-drenched music, disorientating editing, mumbly post synchronized dialogue, dream sequences, and, of course, hardcore sex. David, the protagonist, is a photographer who lives in a houseboat on Portage Bay. He spends a lot of time fantasizing about oral sex, taking pictures of nude women, and standing on the University Bridge staring blankly out at the water. While hitchhiking along Aurora Avenue, he gets picked up by a couple of nurses and the trio heads out of town to a farmhouse where they do lots of drugs, take a bath, drink wine, look at Tarot Cards, and fornicate repeatedly (including a romp in a pasture to an audience of cows). Amidst the druggy haze are glimpses of Seattle during the far out, hedonistic '70s. I wonder how this film was received during its original release, as The Last Bath was probably too sexually explicit for the avant-garde scene while simultaneously being too freaky for the overcoat crowd. After its initial theatrical run, the picture spent the next 25 or so years in obscurity until a rare print was unearthed and screened for a modern audience at The Grand Illusion Cinema, a small arthouse theater in the University District. I have long been involved with the GI and we have shown all sorts of movies from countless different genres, eras and countries. Few of these films have generated as much burning interest as this "lost" local porn. While the crowds did feature a significant number of old-school smut fiends, a wide variety of folks bought tickets to the movie. Perhaps some audience members were like me, curious about the film's vintage geographic scenery and unique place in Seattle's cinematic (or should I say skinematic) history. But there are numerous rumors regarding the actual identity of the cast as most all the talent involved with The Last Bath used a fake name, and I think several viewers were probably looking for familiar faces. Regardless of your feelings about prurient entertainment, The Last Bath remains a strange artifact from a very different time.
 
 -Spenser Hoyt 
MEDIA DIGEST

AWARD WINNING "THE DAY MY PARENTS BECAME COOL" BROADCAST PREMIERE

THE DAY MY PARENTS BECAME COOL

Following a nationwide festival run and several distribution deals (IndieFlix Film Festival in a Box, KidsFirst, and inclusion in an upcoming 2012 anthology feature film), Seattle attorney Steve Edmiston's short film The Day My Parents Became Cool broadcasted this Monday, as part of KCTS 9's Reel NW series. Edmiston developed the short to provide a professional arts experience to public high school students, and after it premiered at the Sedona International Film Festival, became an official selection of the 2009 Seattle International Film Festival and also won Best Short Comedy at the International Family Film Festival that year.  

INDIEWIRE SPOTLIGHTS 40 NEW FACES IN THE INDIE FILM INDUSTRY

INDIEWIRE

Indiewire shines a spotlight on 40 up-and-comers in the indie film world. The promising talents range from actors to writers to directors. The list Indiewire has selected for 2011 represents those thought to be the best and brightest, both behind the scenes and in the limelight of indie flicks. Amy Seimetz of The Off Hours, and Madeline Olnek of Codependent Space Alien Seeks Same, both received accolades for their work on and in locally-made films.

CITY ARTS REVEALS ITS TOP ARTS ADVOCATES OF THE FUTURE

CITY ARTS ONLINE

City Arts Magazine recently published its "The Future List," a catalog of the ingenious, promising talent oozing from the arts scene in Seattle. The list focuses on the creative and innovative minds that are doing exceptional work in various niches of the art industry. From Thee Satisfaction, who snatched "The Allies" award for being a unique, creative musical duo, to Shaun Scott, who took "The Filmmaker" title for his pioneering vision on documentaries and narratives, the list is brimming with inspirational folks bound to be in the pages of City Arts Magazine in the coming years.

LOCAL FILMS MAKE HOLLYWOOD TOP TEN INDIES OF 2011 LIST 

MOVIE CITY NEWS

Hollywood's Movie City News named two Washington-made films on their top ten notable indie films of 2011 list: Megan Griffith's The Off Hours, and Calvin Reeder's The Oregonian. The films took advantage of the Washington landscape and local talent. Both films were also included in Hammertonail's list of top indies of 2011. 

EVERETT HERALD NAMES THEIR TOP SONGS FROM LOCAL ARTISTS 

HERALDNET

In their first in a series of Top 10 musical lists for 2011, the Everett Herald lists their top ten songs by local artists this week, which includes work by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Allen Stone, Pickwick, Blue Scholars, and more.  

NIGHTLIFE IN 2012: WHAT'S NEXT? 

CITY ARTS

The Seattle nightlife scene is looking forward to some new and exciting changes in the coming year. Some venues plan to improve shows, such as the newly reopened Neptune Theatre in the U District, whose owner intends on fine-tuning their sound setup. Other venues, such as Neumos and the Unicorn, will introduce new downstairs lounge/performance spaces. Look out for additions to your favorite music festivals, as well as a slew of new releases from local artists to help brighten the atmosphere as we head into the new year. 

Seattle Office of Film + Music Staff 
James Keblas, Director
Chris Swenson, Film Program Coordinator
Rachel Sawyer, Music + Nightlife Program Coordinator
Sorayya Aminian
, Intern
Sam Veatch, Intern


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