|News from the Office of Film + Music
OFFICE OF FILM + MUSIC WELCOMES NEW INTERN, JONATHAN HUGHES
Born at Northwest hospital and raised on the shores of northern North Seattle, film and music have always had a strong presence in Jonathan's life growing up in the PNW. His early developmental years were saturated with the sounds of Pearl Jam and the B-52's, and the 'sights' of Beetlejuice and a few Miyazaki movies his mom picked up from Costco. Jonathan's tried to suppress his pre-teen admiration for Limp Bizkit and high-quality straight-to- television Disney channel original movies, with little to no avail. Fortunately for his cultural palette, (but unfortunately for his eardrums) Jonathan's high school days were spent hanging around the Old Redmond Firehouse, the Vera Project and the Kirkland Teen Center. He also discovered a love of films besides those starring Pauly Shore. More recently Jonathan graduated from Seattle University with a degree in Philosophy and Film Studies, supporting himself throughout school as a produce-monger at Pike Place Market. One of Jonathan's current goals as an Office of Film + Music intern is getting all of his friends' garage bands signed to major record labels before 2012.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
MOHAI UNVEILS PRIZE PACKAGES AND FREE ARCHIVAL PHOTO OFFER FOR "HISTORY IS ____" COMPETITION
The Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI)is pleased to offer filmmakers participating in its newly-launched community film competition, History Is____, free access to as many as five historical images from MOHAI's digital archive for use in submitted works. Get on it quick: Orders for the free image offer must be placed through MOHAI's website by 5:00 pm January 31. What's more, MOHAI has just announced that prizes--worth $1,000 to $2,500-- for winning entries will be awarded in five separate categories, including Best Youth Filmmaker, Best in Show and the MOHAI/History Award. History Is___ invites filmmakers to respond to the prompt, "History is____," by filling in the blank with any word of their choice in a five minute short. Winning works will be screened at a Red Carpet Gala hosted by MOHAI next May and permanently archived as part of "Celluloid Seattle," the museum's innovative new exhibit chronicling Seattle's historic connection to film. For all the scoop on the competition, including submission deadlines and requirements, check out the link.
MACKLEMORE PROFILED ON NEW EPISODE OF SEATTLE CHANNEL'S "ARTZONE"
Tune in to Seattle Channel this Friday, January 14 at 8:00 pm for the latest episode of ArtZone with Nancy Guppy, which will spotlight rising Seattle hip-hop star Macklemore. ArtZone is a weekly program dedicated to showcasing Seattle's creative community through interviews from local artists and performers, reviews of cultural events, and highlights from the city's arts and entertainment scene. The episode will also feature clips from Teatro Zinzanni's "El Vez" as well as an in-house performance from the Seattle Musical Theatre's production of Don Giovanni: A New Musical. For more details about the program, follow the link.
LEARN EVEN MORE ABOUT SFI'S NEW GRADUATE PROGRAMS THIS SATURDAY
Seattle Film Institute
The Seattle Film Institute (SFI) was recently approved to offer the only graduate programs for film in the entire Northwest-- a Master of Arts in Producing for Film and a Master of Fine Arts in Filmmaking--and we're still pretty excited about it. If you share in our excitement, join SFI Saturday, January 15 , for "Accelerate Your Career With A Real World Film Education," a round table seminar to discuss the newly-launched programs, which make their debut in February. This is not only a chance to get your burning questions answered; it's also a great opportunity to see the school, meet key faculty members and other prospective students, and also to get the scoop on scholarships and financial aid. The event will be held at SFI's main campus from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. For more information or directions, follow the above link.
4CULTURE ANNOUNCES 2011 APPLICATION DEADLINES FOR LOCAL ARTS FUNDING
King County's Cultural Services Agency, 4Culture, has announced the 2011 opportunities and deadlines for funding programs in the fields of arts, heritage and historic preservation. These programs, available to King County residents and organizations, grant awards to local artists to help develop and maintain the cultural resources, creative expression and unique character of our communities. Local administrators, practitioners, specialists and community representatives in the applicable fields evaluate applications based on a set of published criteria and then make recommendations to the 4Culture Board for final approval. There are a number of opportunities for Seattle film and music artists to capitalize on--including awards for group and special projects--so be sure to check out the link above for more details.
SXSW INTERACTIVE EVENT IN TONIGHT AT THE TRIPLE DOOR
South By Southwest (SXSW) Interactive is hosting a Seattle networking event 6:00 pm tonight in The Triple Door's Musicaquarium Lounge-- and you're invited! But don't be tardy for the party: The mixer will be directly preceded by a Town Hall event from 5:30 - 6:00 pm. You probably know this already, but for the uninitiated, SXSW conferences and festivals offer the unique convergence of original music, independent films and emerging technologies. Fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSW is a premier destination for discovery. For more information about the event, including some last-minute RSVP instructions, check out the link above.
SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY NOW OFFERING FREE MP3 DOWNLOADS
Seattle Public Library
The Seattle Public Library is no longer just a great resource for literature, news and media in tangible forms. The library is now offering free mp3 downloads for all library card holders through Freegal Music. The tracks are compatible with all computers and mp3 players and will not expire after any number of listens. Go to the library website with your card and pin number and download some Seattle music today. More details are available at the link above.
SEATTLE FILMMAKER HEADING TO SLAMDANCE
Northwest Film Forum
Craig Packard's short script Bobby Ellis is Gonna Kick Your Ass was selected as the second-place finalist in the Slamdance screenwriting competition. As a finalist, he will receive a full filmmaker's pass to the festival along with Final Draft software and some other prizes and swag. Additionally, the Writers Guild held a reception in L.A. to congratulate the finalists and granted them eligibility to the independent writers' conference. Read more at the link above. Congrats to Craig!
FREE SCREENING EVENT: COMMUNITY CINEMA SEATTLE PRESENTS "FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE"
Community Cinema Seattle
Join Community Cinema Seattle this Saturday, January 15, at Frye Art Museum for a free screening of For Once In My Life. This inspiring documentary captures the story of the Spirit of Goodwill Band, a group of talented artists with severe mental and physical disabilities, who challenge preconceived social notions through their love of music. The event is part of Community Cinema's civic engagement initiative, which features monthly screenings of films from the award-winning PBS series Independent Lens in an effort to spark public discussion on today's critical social issues. In conjunction with the film screening, Community Cinema is also looking for artists (singers, musicians, comics, etc.) working with disabilities to perform before and during the event. Interested applicants should contact Patrick Baroch at us@communityCinemaSeattle.org or 206-412-6879 with inquires or audition materials by noon on January 13. For more information, check out the link.
LOCAL SHORT FILM "CONNECT TO" FUNDING THROUGH KICKSTARTER
Kickstarter: Connect To
Seattle filmmakers Wonder Russell and Lisa LeVan are using Kickstarter.com to raise the funds they need to finish their new short, Connect To. The work-in-progress follows the story of Laurie and Whitney, two rejects and runaways unknowingly desperate to find someone to "connect to." According to the film's Kickstarter site, as the story progresses, the two form a powerful bond:"Whitney finds someone who won't discard her, and Laurie finds someone who needs her." Thus far the filmmakers have funded the project out-of-pocket, but say they cannot finish production without help from the film-loving public. Find out what other local productions are funding through Kickstarter, and find out how to fund your project through Kickstarter, by clicking the Seattle Film Kickstarter button on the left.
DON'T SKIP THE PREVIEWS! "$5 COVER" TRAILER COMING TO A THEATER NEAR YOU
$5 Cover: Seattle
In an amazing show of "Seattle solidarity," local indie movie houses Central Cinema, the city's only dine-in theater, and The Grand Illusion, Seattle's oldest continuously running theater, will begin screening the trailer for "$5 Cover: Seattle" as part of their preview reels. For more information and showtimes for the theaters, check out the links. Or, to get fired-up for the trailer's silver-screen debut, you also watch it again at the "$5 Cover" link above.
CALL IN TO "ASK THE MAYOR" YOUR QUESTIONS
Ask the Mayor gives Seattle residents a chance to speak directly to our mayor, Mike McGinn, live on Seattle Channel 21. The next show is tonight, January 12, at 7 pm. This is a great opportunity to ask the mayor questions of interest to musicians and filmmakers. For more information or to submit your questions ahead of time, check out the link above.
TWO SEATTLE FILMS HIT SCARECROW'S DECEMBER TOP TEN
Scarecrow Video has just released this month's list of its top-selling DVDs and high on the list are two locally produced features that showcase some of Seattle's finest film talent. At number four is David Russo's wacky and fascinating The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle, which is new to DVD. Not far behind in ranking is Alan Rudolph's Trouble in Mind, a verteran title from 1985, which took the number six slot. Click the link to see who else made the list, and get down to Scarecrow to support your local filmmakers!
HEY LADIES: SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATIONS FOR THE SEATTLE-KOBE FEMALE JAZZ VOCALIST AUDTION
Seattle-Kobe Sister City Association
he Seattle-Kobe Sister City Association (SKSCA) is thrilled to present its seventh annual Female Jazz Vocalist Audition, a search to find one high-school aged and one adult crooner from the Emerald City to perform as a guest singer at the 2011 Kobe Jazz Vocal Queen Contest in Japan. For the past 11 years, Kobe has flown the winner of the Contest to Seattle for a guest spot at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley. In true sister-city fashion, SKSCA launched its own audition competition to reciprocate in the cultural exchange and send two leading Jazz ladies to represent Seattle in Kobe. Audition finalists will be selected from the applicant pool in early March and will be invited to give a live audition at Dimitriou's March 21. From this live audition, two winners will be chosen to travel to Japan in May. The deadline to apply for first-round auditions is February 4. Follow the above link for application instructions and documents.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 1/4 - 1/11
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Moondoggies "Tidelands"
- Macklemore/Ryan Lewis "Vs.
- Caspar Babypants "This Is Fun!"
- Mad Rad "Youth Die Young"
- Cave Singers "Invitation Songs""
- Fleet Foxes "Fleet Foxes"
- Young Evils "Enchanted Chapel"
- Caspar Babypants "More Please"
- Maldives "Listen to the Thunder"
- Modest Mouse "Lonesome Crowded West"
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:
FIDALGO FILMS "So This Priest Walks Into a Bar…"
Kickstarter:"So This Priest Walks Into a Bar..."
"So This Priest Walks Into A Bar…" is a short film about the adventures of a priest and some bar patrons he encounters. Directed by Mark Lundsten, produced by Melissa Pang, and written by Josh Bourland, the movie is filming this week in various Seattle locations. The production is hiring 19 cast and crew during the production.
"The script is a fun one, sort of a spooky story, sort of a con game," says Lundsten. "We are gratified to have such great people working on the movie, both cast and crew. We have had nothing but helpful cooperation throughout the process. It's a crazy process to put together a movie; but it's a pleasure to do it with these kinds of people."
TWO FILMS PRODUCED BY LOCAL FILMMAKER HEADED TO SUNDANCE 2011"
Congrats to Ballard's Lacey Leavitt! Two films produced by the up-and-coming local filmmaker, The Off Hours and The Catechism Cataclysm, will show out-of-competition at this month's Sundance Film Festival. The Off Hours will screen as part of the "Next" series, which highlights visionary, innovative and original work in low- and no-budget filmmaking while The Catechism Cataclysm will feature in "Park City at Midnight," which is home to horror films and extreme comedies. The thematic contrast between these two films--one an atmospheric drama the other an absurd comedic yarn--is a testament to Leavitt's versatility. "My first two feature films got into Sundance," Leavitt says with a smile in an interview with neighborhood blog My Ballard. "It's a good feeling." For all the juicy details about the Fest and the films mentioned, be sure to check out the link.
A RUSTY WILLOUGHBY MIXTAPE
Tap in to Rusty Willoughby's musical psyche with a new mixtape the folk crooner put together for MAGNET Magazine. Willoughby's eclectic tune selections range in flavor--from Miles Davis to The Flying Burrito Brothers--and is complete with candid commentary on his connection to each track. As MAGNET suggests, this compilation also offers telling insight into the creation of Willoughby's latest brainchild, Cobirds Unite. Have a listen for yourself via the link above.
"$5 COVER: SEATTLE" FEATURED IN L.A. TIMES ONLINE
The press coverage for "$5 Cover: Seattle" just keeps on coming! This time it's the L.A. Times' Entertainment Blog, Pop & Hiss, that's taken an interest to the locally-hewn web series. In the posted article, entertainment blogger Nate Jackson offers some pretty glowing insight: "Avoiding the urge to pander to any one genre, "$5 Cover: Seattle" showcases a mix of innovative indie pop, throat-shredding hard-core, hip-hop, and many aural intersections in between. [....]What emerges is an alchemy of musical diversity, amplified subcultures and endearing anecdotal storytelling." To read the entire post, check out the link above.
BRAD FEATURED ON TODAY'S NPR WORLD CAFE
NPR's World Café got a taste of Seattle this morning when it featured a few of our city's favorite rockers. Comprised of legendary local musicians, Brad was formed back in 1992 and is still rockin' it today. Members include Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam, Shawn Smith and Regan Hagar of Pigeonhed and Jeremy Toback. Although they have plenty on their musical plate, the boys of Brad are committed to this collaboration, and their new tracks are a testament to this. Click the link above to listen to "Talk," "Low," "Believe in Yourself," "Buttercup" and the exclusive interview.
REVISIT CITY ARTS' HIP-HOP SHOWCASE WITH THIS NEW BEHIND-THE-SCENES VIDEO
City Arts Magazine recently released a mini-documentary on the monumental City Arts' Fest hip-hop showcase at the Paramount back in October. Hindsight's never looked as sharp as Seattle hip-hoppers Blue Scholars, Brother Ali, Macklemore, Fresh Espresso and Mash Hall do in this behind-the-scenes compilation of concert footage, interviews and venue montages. Watch the video via the above link to relive the glory, and those that missed the show can come as close as they ever will to time travel.
THE HEAD AND THE HEART ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM WITH SUB POP
In case you haven't heard the circulating rumors, or if you have been waiting for confirmation from a reliable source, Seattle indie-folksters The Head and the Heart have an extended self-titled album coming to record stores on April 16. The band's first release was Sonic Boom Ballard's best-selling album of 2010, beating out the likes of The Arcade Fire and Vampire Weekend, who topped many a chart last year. If you can't wait until April for some new Head and the Heart action, never fear-- it is available for digital download right now! A few of the tracks are totally free for your listening pleasure, including the previously unreleased song, "No One to Let You Down." For a little icing on the record release cake, you can see the band perform live this Friday at Neumos with Curtains for You and Lemolo. Follow the link above to learn more about the Head and the Heart and check out their music.
Seattle Office of Film + Music Staff
James Keblas, Director
Chris Swenson, Film Program Coordinator
Rachel Sawyer, Music + Nightlife Program Coordinator
Laura Brewer, Intern
Erica Nwosu, Intern
Jonathan Hughes, Intern
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