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Vol. 5, No. 31
January 11- 17, 2012     

CITY NEWS

"ECONOMY OF WEIRD" AT JANUARY 25 FILM + MUSIC + INTERACTIVE HAPPY HOUR

FMI HAPPY HOUR  

The Film + Music + Interactive Happy Hour returns on January 25 at Spitfire from 5-7pm featuring guest speaker Lisa Weeks, a Seattle business leader with sci-fi and cosplay flair. Lisa and Filter Creative Director Drory Ben-Menachem will speak about how to use, and embrace, you own unique and quirky side--and how it can be turned into a profitable asset.

ANIMATION AND BASS GUITARS THIS WEEK ON ART ZONE WITH NANCY GUPPY

SEATTLE CHANNEL  

Bruce Bickford, the artist who worked with Frank Zappa in animating his videos, will be profiled this week on Art Zone with Nancy Guppy. We'll also get to hear Mike Null demo the bass guitar he created for Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament, as well as hear musical guest "In Cahoots". The Show airs this Friday evening at 8:00 on Seattle Channel 21.

SEATTLE SYMPHONY GIVES FREE COMMUNITY CONCERT AT CITY HALL 

OFFICE OF ARTS & CULTURAL AFFAIRS  

On Wednesday, January 25, the Seattle Symphony will hold a free lunchtime concert at 12:30 to 1:30. Mayor Mike McGinn will welcome attendees to the performance at City Hall, which will feature Weber's Overture to Der Freischütz and Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92. The symphony is continuing its tradition of providing free concerts to the community, with support from the Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs. 
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

ANOTHER STRONG SUNDANCE FOR WASHINGTON FILMMAKERS  

SUNDANCE

Washington filmmakers are making another big splash at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival with two feature films, one short film, and one animated short heading to Park City this year: Safety Not Guaranteed, directed by Colin Trevorrow and co-produced Lacey Leavitt (The Off Hours, Blood On The Tracks) premieres in the Dramatic Competition program; Lynn Shelton's Your Sister's Sister, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this year, will be screening in the Spotlight category; A Penny Earned, a short directed by local filmmaker TJ Mino, will be screening at the Waldorf-Astoria on the 21st at noon; and Drew Christie's animated Song of the Spindle, premieres in the Shorts Competition program. The Sundance Film Festival runs January 19 to 29 in Park City, Utah. Congratulations to the amazing cast and crew of all productions!

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FILMMAKERS: ADDY SUBMISSION DEADLINE THIS FRIDAY

ADDY 

The Seattle Chapter of the ADDY Awards is closing their submissions desk this Friday, January 13th. Those who win in the city festival go on to the Northwest division, followed by a national competition. Official Rules and Guidelines and previous winners can be downloaded from the ADDY site. 

MOHAI'S HISTORY IS ___ FILM COMPETITION NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS

MOHAI 

MOHAI's second annual History Is___ film competition is back! Filmmakers of all ages and experience levels are invited to submit a film of 5 minutes or less that illustrates what history means to you. Winners are awarded up to $1,500 in cash, plus invites to exclusive events and more.   

CALLING ALL BANDS & ENTERTAINERS: SEAFAIR WEEKEND SEEKS MUSICIANS

SEAFAIR

Seattle's popular Seafair event, featuring exciting sites with boats and planes, also places a strong emphasis on musicians and entertainers. The application process is now open for those interested in performing at Seafair  Weekend on the Main Stage! Seafair Weekend will take place Friday, August 3 - Sunday, August 5 at Genesee Park on Lake Washington. The due date is May 15.   

CAFÉ SOCIETY SEEKS EVENT INTERN FOR 2012

CAFE SOCIETY 

Café Society, a local collective formed in 2010 to create events that feature established and up and coming female musicians in Seattle, is seeking an intern. Applicants must be 21 and older, should have experience with booking bands, blogging and research. Passion for music, social media, and event planning is a plus. Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest that includes musicians you follow, what you seek from the internship, and why you think it is important to host events featuring female artists. Applications are accepted until January 20, 2012 to cafesociety206@gmail.com.  

"THE OFF HOURS" DVD RELEASE PARTY AT NORTHWEST FILM FORUM 

NWFF  

Locally produced film The Off Hours is releasing their new film on DVD at a celebration at Northwest Film Forum next Tuesday, the 17th. The DVD will be on sale, and they'll be showing some special features from the film on the big screen. If you can't swing by and pick up your copy on Tuesday, the DVD is available on The Off Hours website.  

YOUTH FILMMAKERS:  ATTEND MOHAI'S YOUTH FILM MEET-UP THIS SUNDAY

MOHAI 

MOHAI's second History Is_____Youth Film Meet-Up, this Sunday, January 15 from 6:30 to 7:30pm, is a film  networking event exclusively for young film enthusiasts. Connect with professionals in the local film industry, view film screenings, and enjoy good food & drink. Stay afterwards for a special double feature of Mean Girls and Fight Club, hosted by Future Wave. This event is free, hosted at SIFF, and located in the Seattle Center, Northwest Rooms.

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.

Just a Moment - January 13th (2 days)

Unknown Photographer  - January 14th (3 days)

Seize the Jello: A Web Series - January 29th (19 days)

Camila Recchio's First Original Album - February 2nd (22 days) 

Home Alive Documentary - February 5th (10 days)

Seize the Jello: A Web Series - January 29th (26 days)

Yours, 1st EP and the Road to SXSW - February 12th (33 days)

West Coast Tour Project - February 13th (34days)

IN SWEET MUSIC: Songs From Shakespeare's Plays  - March 1st (49 days)

Alchimia's Studio Recording - March 10th (58 days) 

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 1/5- 1/11

OFFICE OF FILM + MUSIC 

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

 

 1  Pickwick -"Myths"

 2  Various Artists - "Live at KEXP, Volume 7"

 3  Head & The Heart - "Head & The Heart"
 4  Fleet Foxes - "Helplessness Blues"

 5  Macklemore/Ryan Lewis - "Vs"

 6  Moondoggies - "Tidelands"

 7  Shabazz Palaces - "Black Up" 

 8  Cave Singers - "Welcome Joy" 

 9  Nirvana - "Nevermind"

 10 Caspar Babypants - "Sing Along!"

 

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: 

 

HAND CRANK FILMS "OUTDOOR RESEARCH"

HAND CRANK FILMS

 

Local production company Hand Crank Films, which just a few months ago expanded from Bellingham into Seattle, recently wrapped its first major production with a Seattle client, Outdoor Research. The spot, directed by Chris Koser, advertises Touchtec Technology gloves.
 
"It was a thrill shooting in the incredible alpine backdrop that is just an hour away from Seattle," says producer Chris Donaldson. "The talent that we were able to get in the area really fit the spot well, and we look forward to working more with the community." 
 
The cast and crew took advantage of the Alpental ski resort on Snoqualmie Pass east of Seattle in Washington's Cascade Mountains. Hand Crank Films hired 12 Washington cast and crew to produce the spot, which will be distributed globally online and be subtitled for the Chinese market.
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 13: DAYNA HANSON'S "IMPROVEMENT CLUB"
The short for this coming Friday, Jan 13, will be Dayna Hanson's "Improvement Club." My three reasons for selecting it: one, it features a great tune by Fleet Foxes; two, it has been developed into a feature film, which is also called Improvement Club; three, Ben Kasulke is the DP.
 - 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 Chocolate War (1988)       

 

Actor-turned-director Keith Gordon chose a mighty undertaking for his first feature film. Robert Cromier's The Chocolate War has long been a highly regarded (and frequently banned) young-adult novel that deals with adolescent rebellion and nonconformity in a Catholic school. Ilan Mitchell-Smith (who you may remember from Weird Science) stars as Jerry, the new kid at a strict Catholic private school. He encounters a gang of mean students called "The Vigils" and a sadistic power-mad headmaster (played by a scary John Glover). Jerry eventually rebels against his oppressors by refusing to participate in a fund-raising candy sale and tensions escalate within the walls of the school. The young director elicits fine performances from his cast and, while his treatment does monkey around with the book's finale, Gordon's screenplay captures the essence of Cromier's story. One of the most fortuitous choices for the production was transferring the novel's New England setting to the Pacific Northwest. A recurring irony I've encountered while doing research for the Scarecrow on Seattle column is the number of filmmakers who choose to shoot in the area with the hopes that Western Washington will provide lots of gloomy overcast days and then encounter just the opposite. I am talking about "the bluest skies you've ever seen"-just like in the song! In this case Gordon did manage to capture that brooding, cloudy weather on celluloid, making for the perfect backdrop for this moody character study. Kenmore's Saint Edward Seminary stars as the school, fleshed out with several important incidents filmed around Bellevue's Sammamish High School football field and a couple of scenes shot inside Ingraham High School. The rest of the film moves is set in a relatively underused cinematic location: Everett. The Chocolate War makes a good case for more film crews to visit the city. Gordon uses images of a pulp mill on the waterfront as well as other residential neighborhoods to establish the town's look and vibe, fitting perfectly with the mood of the picture. When I first saw The Chocolate War back when it first came out on VHS, I had no idea it had been shot locally. I figured it was made somewhere like Pittsburgh or Detroit or some other downbeat eastern city. I think this reflects Gordon's ability to create a depressing and oppressive everytown that could exist just about anywhere.

-Spenser Hoyt
MEDIA DIGEST

SPOKANE'S PUNK CULTURE HITS THE BIG SCREEN 

THE STRANGER

SpoKanarchy! is set to premiere tomorrow, January 12th.  The film follows the rise of punk culture in Spokane, and includes commentary from some of the region's rockers. SpoKanarchy! features interviews with Sweet Madness, Charlie Schmidt, Strangulon, and Terror Couple, with musicians offering perspective of what the region's punk scene unique. 

NEUMOS SIGNS DEAL TO KEEP THEM ATOP CAPITOL HILL, UPDRADES COMING

CAPITOL HILL SEATTLE

Capitol Hill's largest live music venue has inked a deal that extends their lease to 2024, so you don't have to worry about Neumos leaving anytime soon. As well as staying in their iconic building, the club plans to make improvements to heat up the competition with other local venues. Neumos will also put effort into keeping relevant, digging up newer, local, and more compelling bands to play to keep Capitol Hill constantly full of music.  

BUSINESS JOURNAL INTERVIEWS NFFTY FOUNDER JESSE HARRIS  

BUSINESS JOURNAL

This week the Puget Sound Business Journal highlights the success of local filmmaker and co-founder of the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY), Jesse Harris. Harris discusses how he got his start so young, his biggest challenge with founding NFFTY, and his thoughts on Amazon's film festival. He says the most rewarding part of starting a non-profit such as NFFTY is the fact he gets to connect with other young filmmakers.  

SUB POP A BEACON OF LIGHT IN A STRUGGLING RECORD LABEL INDUSTRY 

LA TIMES

This week, the LA Times published a beaming article spotlighting Seattle's Sub Pop Records. The article details how the label, founded 23 years ago by Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman, has maintained success after helping create the regional Seattle rock identity with debut releases of 20th century favorites like Soundgarden and Nirvana, to being the current home to award-winning artists such as the Fleet Foxes, the Shins and the Postal Service.

ROCK PHOTOGRAPHER DOCUMENTARY TO WRAP SHOOTING THIS WEEK

CARGO COLLECTIVE

Jini Dellaccio, the pioneer of rock photography whose work included some iconic Northwest bands, is featured in a new documentary that is wrapping filming this week. Filmmaker Karen Whitehead and Seattle cinematographer John Jeffcoat are finishing Her Aim is True in Tacoma, right where Jini's accidental career in rock photography started when she shot the Wailers and the Sonics in the 60's. The project will begin post processing soon, so keep an eye out for the release of Jini's untold story.  

SEATTLE'S CORBIS ACQUIRES WORLDWIDE ENTERTAINMENT MARKETING COMPANY

MARKET WATCH

Corbis, a leading visual content provider for the entertainment and creative industries, has purchased the world leader in entertainment marketing and product placement, Norm Marshall & Associates (NMA Group). GreenLight, a Corbis subsidiary, provides media clients access to music, film, celebrities, and all things Hollywood. The combination of GreenLight and the newly Acquired NMA Group, Corbis can connect worldwide brands with premiere film and broadcast productions in a way not possible before.  

HARD ROCK RISING: CALL FOR ENTRIES FOR A MASSIVE BATTLE OF THE BANDS

HARDROCK

There are only days left to register for the global battle of the bands, Hard Rock Rising 2012. Rock bands from around the world will compete to bring their undiscovered sounds to the limelight, as well as an opportunity to play with Bruce Springsteen in London. Registration is open until next Tuesday, the 17th, so act fast if you're interested in submitting your band to the first round of the contest.  

KODAK PREPARES FOR BANKRUPTCY PROTECTION

WSJ

The business of digital production is taking its toll on traditional forms of photography and cinematography. Once a company who dominated the film industry for years, the 131 year old Eastman Kodak Company has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. 

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Chris Swenson, Film Program Coordinator
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