Vol. 8, No. 1  
January 9, 2014                                                                                                               View our photos on flickrLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter
CITY NEWS

HAPPY HOUR RETURNS JANUARY 29 WITH 'WHAT'S ALL THIS ABOUT GAMES?'

Brian Schmidt is one of the true pioneers of the game audio industry. The 2008 recipient of the Game Audio Network Guild's Lifetime Achievement Award, Brian has been creating game music, sounds, and cutting edge technology since 1987 for companies such as Electronic Arts, Microsoft, and Capcom. He will be covering the ways that working on games is different from film/T.V./music, including "interactive sounds," game music, and the sound business climate. Make sure to join us Wednesday, January 29, at the Spitfire for our January Film + Music Interactive Happy Hour Event.

ONLY IN SEATTLE NOW HIRING 

ONLY IN SEATTLE

Seattle's Office of Economic Development (OED) is currently hiring a

Senior Community Development Specialist to serve as a member of the Business Services Team and is focused on the Only in Seattle Initiative (OIS). The Only in Seattle Initiative is a partnership between OED and neighborhood business districts to foster districts that 1) allow small businesses to grow and flourish, making a positive contribution to the city's economic health, 2) reflect the unique character of the neighborhoods where they are located and contribute to their vitality, and 3) empower business owners to organize around a common vision and attract investment. This position will close at 4 pm, Pacific Time, on Tuesday, January 21, 2014.

FILM AND MUSIC ON "ART ZONE" WITH NANCY GUPPY

This week Seattle Channel's "Art Zone" with Nancy Guppy includes: a chat about the 2014 arts landscape with Jen Graves, an art critic for The Stranger; a beautiful time lapse video from filmmaker Donald Jenson; and Radio Raheem lights up the Art Zone studio with two great songs from their recent release, "Raheem Rising." 

SEA-TAC AIRPORT MAKES LOCAL MUSIC AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE TRAVEL EXPERIENCE

Airports aren't known for being an entertaining or relaxing place to be. However, some airports have taken steps to challenge this, embracing innovation to make time spent in the airport something to savor. Among them is Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, which has made a concerted effort to stand out from the crowd by offering something different. From dedicated Relaxation Areas to live music in the terminals, improving travelers experience is a top priority. The improved experience is in part due to the Experience the City of Music initiative, which has received lots of positive feedback from passengers.

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
THE PREMIERE OF "NORTH AMERICAN" A FILM BY DEVOR AND MUDEDE

MONA

The Museum of Northwest Art (MoNA) presents the world premiere of "North American," a film by Robinson Devor and Charles Mudede. Working outside the traditional narrative structure, Devor and Mudede have created a unique film installation that follows a mentally exhausted pilot wandering through a massive park. The project was filmed entirely in Seattle's Olmstead-designed park system. The film will be on exhibit from January 11 to March 12.

LITTLE BIG SHOW TO BENEFIT REEL GRRLS

KEXP, STG, and Starbucks are joining together to present Little Big Show, a concert series created to benefit Seattle's arts organizations. Throughout the year, the concert series will present bands at The Neptune, and will donate 100 percent of ticket sales to a local non-profit. This show will benefit Reel Grrls. Little Big Show will feature Washed Out, with special guests including: Kingdom Crumbs and Kisses. The first concert is on Friday January 31 at the Neptune Theater, doors open at 8:00 p.m.

NORTHWEST FILM FORUM SEEKING EDUCATION MANAGER

Northwest Film Forum is seeking an education manager to oversee and manage the organization's filmmaking and film history classes for adults. This person plays an important role in maintaining the organization's reputation in the community and pubic representation of the Forum. Their work includes the regular scheduling of classes in writing, production, and editing; as well as coordinating with the Youth Manager. The education manager will hire filmmakers as faculty to teach the classes, and work with the Executive Director to determine the artistic vision for them. 

INTERN OPPORTUNITY WITH FILM & TV COMPOSER

Grammy-winning composer Mateo Messina is hiring interns at his new Redmond studio.  He currently writes and produces the score for NBC's upcoming show, "Growing Up Fisher," along with many other projects. Types of tasks include assisting in recording sessions; maintaining a music library; researching & solving technical issues; and communicating with musicians, music contractors, engineers, and film studios. It's great experience for an aspiring composer, engineer, or musician. If you're interested, contact mateo@mateomessina.com.

THERE'S NEW ENERGY AT NORTHWEST FILM FORUM

EXAMINER

Northwest Film Forum, the non-profit cinema and film education center on Capitol Hill, welcomed Courtney Sheehan as their new Program Director this past November. This fresh new energy is sure to make 2014 an exciting time to be a part of the 17-year-old film arts organization. Sheehan will program Northwest Film Forum's year-round cinema exhibition programs and will also oversee the Film Forum's unique film distribution program. The public can expect a continuation of the unique and impressive programming the Film Forum is known for, including movies often overlooked by mainstream multiplexes.

KICKSTART SEATTLE FILM + MUSIC PROJECTS

KICKSTARTER                                                                                                             

This week, a newly added project is "Ebony Chunky Love," the second film installment of Keith Price and his hilarious tales about his quest for love and happiness. Additionally, Livingston Seagull's EP Vinyl release of The Puget, is in the midst of their Kickstarter campaign. Also be sure to check out the soon-to-be expired campaign for Nothing Left Unsaid, a collection of songs by Wonder, and her very first full-length record. 

COMMERCIALIZE-IZED IT!

COMMERCIALIZE SEATTLE                                                                                                             

This week's feature is from Seattle-based World Famous, a boutique creative film/video production shop specializing in directing, editing, animation, design, concept development, and original music composition. In their work for Alaska Airlines, World Famous features Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his 12th Man Fan Rescue. The video was shot at a sound stage at Microsoft Studios, and all animations were done by World Famous.

SHORT FILM FRIDAY: "NORTH AMERICAN"

MONA                                                                                                             

The film this Friday will be the trailer for "North American," a short film by Rob Devor and me, Charles Mudede. The film as a whole (57 minutes) will be presented as an exhibit at the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner. The exhibit begins on Saturday, January 11 and runs for three months. Here is how it is going down: Working once again outside the traditional narrative structure, Devor and Mudede have created a unique film installation that follows a mentally exhausted airline pilot wandering through a massive public park. The project was filmed entirely in Seattle's Olmstead-designed park system.

 

-Charles Mudede

MEDIA DIGEST
MEGAN GRIFFITHS' EDEN ON PASTE'S TOP 50 MOVIES OF 2013

Seattle filmmaker Megan Griffiths' movie Eden has been included in Paste Magazine's Top 50 Movies of 2013 list, coming in at number 47. Eden is a powerful tale of a teenager girl who is kidnapped and forced into prostitution during the early '90s. The true story provides a haunting tale of human trafficking here in America, and is a psychological thriller of sorts. The movie stars Jamie Chung, as she delivers a strong performance as Eden, an innocent victim in the film.

LYNN SHELTON'S FAVORITE MOVIES OF 2013

Seattle filmmaker Lynn Shelton took a moment to share her favorite movies of 2013 with Paste Magazine. Shelton cited Eden, directed by Megan Griffiths, as one of her favorite movies, noting that Griffiths was able to take a hot topic such as human trafficking and create a brilliant movie without any hint of exploitation. Shelton also listed Drinking Buddies, directed by Joe Swanberg, and The End of Love, written and directed by Mark Webber, as her other favorites from this past year among others.

MEGAN GRIFFITHS' FAVORITE MOVIES OF 2013

PASTE MAGAZINE

Seattle filmmaker Megan Griffiths shares her favorite movies from the past year with Paste Magazine. Griffiths list of top movies from 2013 include: Gravity by Alfonso Cuaron, Touchy Feely by Lynn Shelton, Short Term 12 by Destin Cretton, Joe by David Green, and Sun Don't Shine by Amy Seimetz, among others.

BIG BLACK'S LAST SHOW IN SEATTLE AT SCARECROW VIDEO JANUARY 20

Seattle's Scarecrow Video will be showing the historic event of Chicago industrial-rock Big Black's last performance back at Georgetown Steamplant in 1987. Jesse Bernstein and Roland Barker were among the openers of the show and thanks to producers, Larry Reid and Susie Purves, the show will make its comeback on the big screen, January 20. A DVD audio mixed by Steve Albini will be available for rent at the store so be sure to drop in for the free event. 

FOR TWO DECADES, THE CAPITAL OF CAPITOL HILL NIGHTLIFE

SEATTLE TIMES

For eight nights beginning today, Neumos Crystal Ball Reading Room will host more than a dozen bands that have helped make the building one of the city's top live-music venues for a generation of concertgoers. This is the 10th anniversary of the club, and the lineup includes: the Posies, Goodness, Truly, Telekinesis, Hey Marseilles, The Thermals, Brent Amaker and the Rodeo, Fox and the Law, and others. The boxy-looking building in the heart of Seattle's Capitol Hill nightclub district holds vivid memories for the musicians who have played there in the last two decades.

"TALK ABOUT WOW"

SEATTLE TIMES 

Singer and star of NBC's TV series "The Voice," CeeLo Green, walked into a treehouse studio constructed for the Animal Planet reality show "Treehouse Masters" at the Bear Creek Studios and was stunned into silence. Then came one word: "Wow." The treehouse studio built by Fall City's Pete Nelson sits 18 feet off the ground, between western red cedars and sits behind Bear Creek Studio. Bands from Soundgarden to Heart have cut platinum records in the famous studio, and now Green is set to work on a track in Bear Creek Studio's newest treehouse.

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